Pacific Biodiesel receives grant for equipment, facility upgrades


Pacific Biodiesel has received grant funding from the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. to help reimburse recent facility upgrades and equipment purchases at its biodiesel plant on the big island of Hawaii and waste oil collection center on Oahu.
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Neste completes acquisition of Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter


Neste's acquisition of 51 percent of the shares and controlling interest in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, is now complete. The former owners remain co-owners and the new name of the company is Neste Demeter B.V.
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Several RIN, tax credit fraud cases move through courts in August


Three biodiesel-related cases have made justice department headlines in August, including an indictment against Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy executives for allegedly scheming to file more than $500 million in false tax credit claims.
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Arkansas biologist receives grant to improve biofuel production


NSF grant recipient Ruben Michael Ceballos, a biologist at the University of Arkansas, will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the process of turning organic material into fuel.
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Senators urge EPA to boost RFS volumes, account for exemptions


A group of 39 U.S. senators is urging the U.S. EPA to increase volume obligations for biodiesel and overall advanced biofuels while also advising the agency to ensure any small refiner economic hardship exemptions are appropriately accounted for.
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Swiss authorities nix Neste biojet fuel project at Geneva Airport


The Swiss authorities have decided not to commit to a biojet fuel project with Neste Corp. announced last year, which would have replaced 1 percent of the conventional jet fuel used at Geneva Airport with renewable jet fuel made by Neste.
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National Biodiesel Board hires new communications manager


The National Biodiesel Board welcomes a new addition, Communications Manager Samantha Turner, to its staff this week. Turner comes to NBB from Monsanto, where she served as the food and nutrition engagement communications manager.
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