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June 20, 2017

REG plans for growth after completing Geismar land purchase

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group completed the $20 million acquisition of approximately 82 acres of land at and in close proximity to its Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery from Lion Copolymer. Several optimization and expansion projects are now being explored. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Biodiesel advocates call on Congress to reinstate tax incentive

BY The National Biodiesel Board Nearly 100 biodiesel advocates from across the country visited Capitol Hill June 20 and urged Congress to bring back the biodiesel tax incentive. Participants included biodiesel producers, distributors and feedstock suppliers from all over the U.S. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Round robin test for pharmaceutical glycerol finds curious result

BY Ron KotrbaTwelve European labs participated in the second round robin test for pharmaceutical glycerol organized by AGQM. The results showed that standard methods from the fuel sector showed better precision than those from the European Pharmacopeia. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

Firm buys WB's patents on integrating biodiesel at ethanol plants

BY Ron KotrbaSedgwick, Kansas-based WB Technologies obtained integration patents for co-locating biodiesel production at ethanol plants. When those patents subsequently went up for sale, Rayeman Elements acquired them and partnered with Saola Energy. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

New B20 Club member, Al Warren Oil Co., committed to biodiesel

BY The Illinois Soybean Association Al Warren Oil Co. was founded in 1948 with one truck, a vision and a commitment to excellence. Today the company uses 100,000 gallons of B20 in 39 fleet vehicles each year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by the same amount as planting 4,130 trees. READ MORE

June 09, 2017

Georgia biodiesel project moves closer to USDA loan guarantee

BY Ron KotrbaSmisson-Mathis Energy, a joint venture between The Smisson Group of Macon and Tactical Fabrication, was selected by USDA to initiate Phase 2 of the Section 9003 program for its $6.75 million enzymatic biodiesel project in Laurens County, Georgia. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

US commerce department extends trade investigation deadline

BY Ron KotrbaIn the ongoing biodiesel trade dispute between the U.S. and Argentina and Indonesia, the U.S. Department of Commerce has extended the deadline for making its preliminary determination on the countervailing duties claim until August. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

Minnesota soybean farmers partner with 'Diesel Brothers' TV stars

BY The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council The DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery's hit show Diesel Brothers, could be adding "bio" to their title after teaming up with Minnesota soybean farmers. That's because the DieselSellerz are partnering with MSR&PC to promote biodiesel. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

US diesel market shows resilience in 2016 as registrations rise

BY The Diesel Technology Forum The number of diesel cars, SUVs, full-size pickup trucks and vans in operation reached 8 million in 2016, an increase of 280,000 over 2015. Data showed diesel passenger vehicles continue to outnumber hybrid vehicles in all but two states and in D.C. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

DOE, USDA make up to $9 million in funding available through BRDI

BY The U.S. DOE USDA and DOE will make up to $9 million available through the interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative in fiscal year 2017 for feedstock development, biofuels and biobased products development, and biofuels development analysis. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Sustainable palm oil certification reaches 21 percent penetration

BY Matt Rudolf, SCS Global Services In the past few years, palm oil certification under the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil standard has reached 21 percent penetration of the global market driven by consumer demand, pressure from retail buyers, and governmental actions. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Proactive biodiesel blending practices help improve performance

BY Paul Nazzaro, Advanced Fuel Solutions Inc. As biodiesel continues to emerge as a blending component for distillates in the Northeast and beyond, a study commissioned by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association highlights why it's imperative that those handling the fuel educate themselves. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Trump pulls US out of Paris Climate Agreement

BY Anna Simet In what he described as a move to fulfill his duty to protect America and its citizens, President Trump has officially begun the process to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. Trump announced the decision June 1 at a press conference. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Airbus offers regular customer delivery flights with biofuel

BY Airbus Showing its strong commitment towards eco-efficiency, Airbus becomes the first aircraft manufacturer to offer its customers the option of delivering new jets using a blend of sustainable jet fuel. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Quality survey shows German biodiesel is hitting the mark

BY AGQM In 2016, 64 biodiesel samples from AGQM members in Germany were taken and analyzed in four campaigns. Overall, 1,152 parameters were measured and only three limit violations were found that lay outside of the specification of EN 14214. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

Aemetis, BP Singapore sign 3-year biodiesel supply contract

BY Aemetis Inc. California-based Aemetis Inc. announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has signed a three-year biofuels supply agreement with BP Singapore Pte Ltd., the regional trading arm of BP Plc, which has an expanding biofuels portfolio. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Steckel testifies on Indonesian imports at trade deficit hearing

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB testified last week in a hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce on significant biodiesel trade deficits with Indonesia. The hearing was held in response to an executive order calling for an omnibus report on significant trade deficits. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force to meet June 9 on B20 mandate

BY Ron KotrbaMinnesota's Biodiesel Task Force is scheduled to meet June 9 in the capital city of Saint Paul to discuss whether statutory conditions have been met in order to move Minnesota's biodiesel mandate from 10 to 20 percent on May 1, 2018. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Biodiesel in Minnesota: 15 years in the blink of an eye

BY Tom Slunecka Minnesota Soybean Growers Association CEO Tom Slunecka pens a heartfelt recount of the state's trailblazing journey to a biodiesel mandate, from B2 to B5, then B10 to B20 next year. He says Minnesotans are on the right path and are not turning back. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Branstad confirmed as ambassador, Reynolds new governor of Iowa

BY Ron KotrbaFormer Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a longtime champion for biofuels who has served the state as its chief since 2011, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be Iowa's 43rd governor. READ MORE

May 22, 2017

California forecasts robust growth in biodiesel, feedstock demand

BY Graham Noyes ARB's models project California biodiesel demand in 2020 at 265 million gasoline gallons equivalent under three scenarios. In later years, biodiesel demand increases most rapidly under the business-as-usual scenario, reaching 791 million GGE in 2025. READ MORE

May 22, 2017

REG sells 25 percent more fuel in Q1 vs. same period last year

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. In its Q1 2017 financial results, Renewable Energy Group Inc. reports its revenues were $418.9 million on 122.1 million gallons of fuel sold. This is 24.6 percent more gallons compared to Q1 2016, resulting in an increase in revenue of 40.6 percent. READ MORE

May 19, 2017

UFOP: Biodiesel potential to reduce GHGs not being exhausted

BY UFOP Demand for biodiesel is stagnating in Germany compared to 2015, according to UFOP, because the German government's stipulated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions quota is set too low while biodiesel's GHG efficiency continues to increase. READ MORE

May 18, 2017

SunPower Biodiesel plant, retail stations to be auctioned off

BY Ron KotrbaAn auction will be held mid-June that includes a 3 MMgy biodiesel plant and equipment, and other related items. Maas Companies will be holding the auction June 15 at 10 a.m. at the former SunPower Biodiesel LLC site in Cumberland, Wisconsin. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

Trump order prompts biodiesel advocates to submit comments to EPA

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel advocacy groups such as the National Biodiesel Board and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association submitted comments to the U.S. EPA in response to an executive order by President Donald J. Trump aimed at reducing burdensome regulations. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

US EPA sends 2018-'19 RFS proposal to OMB for review

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard and 2019 biomass-based diesel volume proposal under RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. OMB review marks a final step before public release. READ MORE

May 15, 2017

Iowa Gov. Branstad signs bill for biofuels infrastructure funding

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill (HF 643), which provides $3 million to fund the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. The program is designed to encourage fuel retailers to offer biofuels at the pump. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

New ag secretary Sonny Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

BY Erin Voegele Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development. USDA says the changes ensure rural America always has a seat at the table. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Aemetis wins biodiesel supply contract with India gov't oil cos.

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc.'s Universal Biofuels subsidiary has won its first contract to supply biodiesel to the India government-owned Oil Marketing Companies in a public tender process. The supply contract is worth about $6 million, according to the company. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Enzymatic biodiesel project under development in Georgia

BY Ron KotrbaTactical Fabrication LLC and The Smisson Group of Macon, Georgia, have formed a biodiesel joint venture, Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC, to retrofit an existing, idled biodiesel production facility in Laurens County, Georgia, with enzymatic technology. READ MORE

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