Biodiesel more cost competitive under Canada’s new carbon tax


Canada’s federal government implemented a carbon pollution tax on fuels this month, and while the tax means consumers and truckers will pay more for fossil fuels at the pump, it also means higher biodiesel blends are becoming more cost competitive.
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Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board


Spotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO.
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Alabama governor awards Auburn University grant to study carinata


A $39,757 grant awarded by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will enable Auburn University to determine if an oilseed crop can be successfully grown and marketed in Alabama as a biofuel and become another cash crop for the state’s farmers.
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US EPA seeks comments on SRE portion of proposed REGS rule


The U.S. EPA announced April 12 that it will reopen the comment period on one aspect of proposed rule issued in 2016 in an effort to “expand transparency surrounding the small refinery exemption program and provide further opportunity for input.”
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BASF to expand sodium methylate production capacity in Brazil


BASF will increase the production capacity for its sodium methylate plant in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. The nameplate capacity will increase by 30 percent, from 60,000 metric tons to 80,000 metric tons. The new capacity will come online in 2020.
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Bipartisan extension of biodiesel tax credit intro’d in US House


Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, introduced the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act, a two-year extension of the biodiesel incentive, April 4. Congress had previously extended the tax credit retroactively for 2017 but left it expired for 2018 and beyond.
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Air Liquide, Samsung Engineering partner for methanol plant study


Air Liquide Engineering & Construction is partnering with Samsung Engineering for the front-end engineering and design study of a methanol plant for Sarawak Petchem, a state-owned oil and gas firm owned by the government of Sarawak, Malaysia.
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Wheeler addresses SREs, RVO reallocation during recent hearings


U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told federal lawmakers in early April it would be difficult for the agency to reallocate biofuel volumes waived by small refinery exemptions (SREs), even if Congress provided a legislative mechanism to do so.
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New study exposes absurdity of NWF land use change claims


A new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies paid for by the National Wildlife Federation.
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