New contract a big victory for Pacific Biodiesel, local movement


Pacific Biodiesel will supply Hamakua Energy with biodiesel to power the 60 MW facility. Both are located on the Big Island of Hawaii and the new contract ensures Pacific Biodiesel’s fuel will be used locally, which is a big deal for the company.
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Biodiesel industry states its case at US EPA hearing in Ypsilanti


Biodiesel producers and association staff testified Oct. 30 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at the U.S. EPA’s public hearing on the supplemental proposal for meeting volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard issued by the agency Oct. 15.
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Cargill’s Wichita biodiesel plant online, operating at capacity


Cargill’s 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas, is now operating at capacity. Plans for the $90 million project were unveiled in September 2017. Air Liquide Engineering & Construction provided engineering, using its Lurgi process technology.
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Surely the Art of the Deal Includes Living Up to Commitments?


National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen laments over U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler not honoring the promise President Trump made and the deal he struck between, on the one hand, big oil, and on the other, farmers and biofuel producers.
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Trump tells Wheeler to ‘make sure the small refineries are happy’


The U.S. EPA’s recent actions regarding small refinery waivers (SREs) were addressed during an Oct. 21 cabinet meeting at the White House. President Trump directed U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to “make sure the small refineries are happy.”
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Valero reports Q3 loss for ethanol, profit for renewable diesel


Valero Energy Corp. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 24, reporting a loss for its ethanol segment, but a profitable quarter for renewable diesel. The company also discussed plans to develop new renewable diesel production capacity.
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Oil refinery exemptions cause crisis for biodiesel industry


World Energy founder Gene Gebolys testified on behalf of the NBB at a hearing Oct. 29 on “Protecting the RFS: The Trump Administration’s Abuse of Secret Waivers” before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on environment and climate change.
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National Biodiesel Foundation receives DERA grant


The NBF was awarded EPA funding for its 2020 National Clean Diesel Project. In partnership with Iowa DOT, Optimus Technologies and REG, the project supports the purchase of three new replacement snowplows that will operate on B100.
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CARB’s Floyd Vergara joins NBB to lead new West Coast office


The National Biodiesel Board announced the opening of its new West Coast office to be led by Floyd Vergara, long-time California Air Resources Board division chief. The expansion will bolster NBB’s presence on the West Coast.
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Phase Genomics awarded DOE grant for algae biofuel research


Phase Genomics Inc., a biotech provider of proximity-ligation next-generation sequencing solutions for metagenome assembly, is set to receive $325,000 as part of a $73 million funding package from U.S. DOE’s Office Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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