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October 16, 2019

Cargill’s Wichita biodiesel plant online, operating at capacity

BY Ron KotrbaCargill’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. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Van Sleet takes on new executive role at Evonik Oil Additives USA

BY Evonik Oil Additives USA Inc. Evonik Oil Additives USA Inc. announced Oct. 15 that Richard Van Sleet has been appointed regional president in the Americas. He will retain his current responsibilities as global head of marketing for lubricant additives. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

EPA supplemental proposal is not the same ‘deal’ struck by Trump

BY Erin VoegeleEPA issued a supplementary proposal Oct. 15 on how it should project SRE volumes in setting annual RFS requirements. Stakeholders say it is not the same deal struck by Trump, administration officials, legislators, and oil and biofuel refiners. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International The Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

Opinion: Feeling the Effects

BY Ron KotrbaIn his editor’s note from the Fall 2019 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the tough market and policy conditions that materialized this past summer, how it is impacting biodiesel producers, and the resiliency of this industry. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

Quebec’s draft biofuel regulations ‘disappointing’ for biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaWhile the minister of energy and natural resources is confident the “ambitious” targets will result in growth and investment in Quebec, a 2 percent biodiesel standard represents zero increase beyond the federal requirement in place for 10 years. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

Inside NBB: National Biodiesel Board Premieres on Rural America Live

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel was the featured topic of an hour-long segment on RFD-TV’s flagship series Rural America Live in August. Steve Howell, NBB senior technical advisor, and Greg Anderson, an NBB governing board member and farmer leader, were guests. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Websites Get Major Upgrade

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board recently unveiled its full redesigns of three of its most popular websites. The organization says the new sites offer abundant information in a clean, modern style, enhanced with mobile optimization. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

Industry veterans introduce comprehensive market, policy analysis

BY Rock House Advisors and Playmaker Strategies Over the past three years Playmaker Strategies, based in Washington, D.C., and Rock House Advisors of Jefferson City, Missouri, have teamed up to write and produce “Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Policy, Regulatory and Market Perspectives.” READ MORE

October 09, 2019

National voter poll shows strong support for RFS, biodiesel use

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board released results Oct. 9 of a national poll of registered voters to measure awareness of and attitudes toward biodiesel and federal policies. The results show a candidate’s support for biodiesel can influence votes. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

In Depth: Industry Know-How

BY Ron KotrbaFrom a company whose software facilitates small feedstock generators landing big contracts to a comprehensive report on biomass-based diesel, and a tax specialist with new solutions, the industry knowledge in this spotlight edition runs deep. READ MORE

October 07, 2019

Inside NBB: Congress Leaves Biodiesel Producers Waiting for Tax Incentive

BY The National Biodiesel Board With such strong bipartisan support for the policy, it’s difficult to understand why Congress has allowed the biodiesel tax incentive to remain lapsed for so long. The National Biodiesel Board is emphasizing that rapid renewal is necessary. READ MORE

October 07, 2019

Targray opens new biodiesel terminal in Antwerp, Belgium

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel marketer and distributor Targray has opened a new biodiesel terminal in Antwerp, Belgium. Targray began taking orders at the new terminal in the third quarter and supplies commercial volumes of biodiesel from a variety of feedstocks. READ MORE

October 04, 2019

US EPA will account for projected SREs in future RFS program

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA held a press briefing Oct. 4 to reveal the newly negotiated Trump deal to assuage the biofuel industries after the agency in August granted dozens of new small refinery exemptions under the RFS, leading to significant demand destruction. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

In Depth: Algae Oil to Biodiesel: A Practical Application

BY Robert Raudner Within the All-Gas Project of Europe’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, BDI-BioEnergy International demonstrates algae oil extraction, characterization and conversion to biodiesel using its RepCat process. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

Opinion: Biodiesel Producers Want Fairness

BY Donnell Rehagen From the Fall 2019 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen provides his perspective on small refinery exemptions and what they are doing to U.S. biodiesel producers. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

NBB, ASA ask Ross for meeting about CVDs on Argentine biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel and soy leaders sent a letter Sept. 30 to Wilbur Ross, secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, requesting he meet with the groups before the department finalizes its review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. READ MORE

September 30, 2019

In Depth: Cruel Summer

BY Ron KotrbaA series of unfortunate events this summer—all caused by U.S. government action or inaction—has led to a precarious situation in the biodiesel sector, but there may be a silver lining. READ MORE

September 27, 2019

Idled biodiesel producer holds hope for quick market turnaround

BY Ron KotrbaIn August, W2Fuel began idling its two biodiesel plants—a 15 MMgy facility in Adrian, Michigan, and a 10 MMgy plant in Crawfordsville, Iowa—due to poor market conditions. CEO Roy Strom says he plans to restart them when the market turns around. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

Eni opens its 2nd large-scale renewable diesel facility in Italy

BY Ron KotrbaOperations have begun at Eni’s renewable diesel plant in Gela, Italy, converted from an oil refinery. The plant has the capacity to process up to 750,000 metric tons a year and uses Ecofining technology developed jointly by Eni and Honeywell’s UOP. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Preliminary agenda announced for North Dakota Energy Conference

BY BBI International BBI International announced the preliminary agenda for the North Dakota Energy Conference & Expo, a premier event focused on the state’s energy technologies and efficiencies. The event will take place in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Nov. 13-14. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

IHS Markit launches first global index for carbon credits

BY IHS Markit IHS Markit announced Sept. 25 that it has launched the IHS Markit Global Carbon Index, the first benchmark for the global price of carbon credits. According to the new index, the global weighted average price of carbon credits is $23.65. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Registration open for AGQM biodiesel antioxidant no-harm tests

BY Ron KotrbaRegistration is open until Oct. 11 for biodiesel antioxidant no-harm testing through Germany’s AGQM. Two test procedures were developed, one for biodiesel used as a diesel fuel component and the other for biodiesel to be blended into heating oil. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

10 MMgy biodiesel plant in Delaware going to auction Nov. 13

BY Maas Companies Maas Companies of Rochester, Minnesota, will auction Chesapeake Green Fuels’ 10 MMgy biodiesel plant in Clayton, Delaware. The surplus assets will be sold via a sealed bid auction. The deadline for offers is Nov. 13 at 4:00 p.m. Central time. READ MORE

September 23, 2019

IBB elects Brad Wilson of Western Iowa Energy as new chair

BY Ron KotrbaBrad Wilson of Western Iowa Energy, a 45 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wall Lake, was elected the new chair of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. Wilson, who replaces Tom Brooks of Western Dubuque Biodiesel as chair, has been president and GM of WIE since 2016. READ MORE

September 20, 2019

Western Dubuque Biodiesel recognized for exemplary safety record

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Western Dubuque Biodiesel, a 30 MMgy manufacturing plant in Farley, Iowa, has received recognition from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for achieving 1 million hours with zero lost-time accidents. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

Biodiesel prices up 30 percent in Germany over past month

BY UFOP Wholesale prices for biodiesel have seen a sharp rise since Aug. 14, from 70.5 euro cents per liter ($2.95 per gallon) in mid-August to recently 91.6 euro cents per liter ($3.82 per gallon). This translates to an approximately 30 percent increase. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

GZ Energy to launch digital credit-trading platform in Q4

BY GZ Energy LLC GZX will provide renewable fuel market participants with a means to discreetly trade separated (K2) RINs, California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits, and Oregon Clean Fuels Program credits without the participation of a broker. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

Charlotte Water reduces GHG emissions with renewable diesel

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Charlotte Water, the largest public water and wastewater utility in the Southeast, is expanding its commitment to environmental sustainability with a pilot project to run dozens of its vehicles on cleaner-burning renewable diesel produced by REG. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Minnesota governor signs order establishing biofuels council

BY Erin VoegeleMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an order establishing a biofuels council to advise the governor and state agencies on the role of biofuels in reducing GHGs and recommend policy and budget proposals to foster growth in biofuel production and use. READ MORE

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