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December 15, 2017

Brazil’s Senate passes bill creating a national biofuels policy

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil's Senate approved a bill Dec. 12 creating a national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, to increase use of biodiesel and ethanol, in addition to other biofuels, to improve the nation's energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

NBB technical director elected ASTM committee chair

BY The National Biodiesel Board ASTM International has officially announced that Scott Fenwick, technical director for the National Biodiesel Board, has been elected as the next chairman of the Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Canadian government releases preliminary CFS regulatory framework

BY Renewable Industries Canada Environment and Climate Change Canada released its preliminary Clean Fuel Standard regulatory framework, serving as a critical step to achieve the Canadian government's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 megatonnes by 2030. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Growmark provides biodiesel-blended Top Tier Diesel Fuel

BY Ron KotrbaIllinois-based agricultural cooperative Growmark Inc. is now providing biodiesel-blended Top Tier Diesel Fuel. The Top Tier Diesel Performance Standard was developed by a consortium of OEMs to benefit owners of diesel-powered vehicles and equipment. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

Biodiesel Magazine hosts free cold flow improver webinar Dec. 20

BY BBI International With more private and government fleets using biodiesel than ever before, it has never been more important to learn about the basics of cold flow improvers—why they are needed, how they work, and the various options for different applications. READ MORE

December 12, 2017

California Biodiesel Alliance changes name to be more inclusive

BY The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance The board of the California Biodiesel Alliance, the respected voice for biodiesel in the state since 2006, has voted to broaden the scope of membership to include advanced biofuels. The new name is the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance. READ MORE

December 12, 2017

CACC recognizes top green fleets, American Lung Association

BY Chicago Area Clean Cities The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition has announced its Green Fleet Leadership Award winners for 2017 and has named the American Lung Association as its Clean Fuels Champion for 2017. The awards were given at the CACC Coalition's annual meeting. READ MORE

December 11, 2017

NBB welcomes longtime aide to US Sen. Grassley to lead DC office

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board is pleased to announce that Kurt Kovarik, a senior adviser and legislative director of U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, has accepted the position of vice president of federal affairs at NBB. Kovarik will join NBB in January. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

Pruitt discusses administration of RFS program during hearing

BY Erin Voegele On Dec. 7, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce to provide testimony on the mission of the EPA. The Renewable Fuel Standard was among the topics discussed during the hearing. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

New study outlines how to make LCFS more equitable

BY Propel Fuels Data from Propel Fuels and ICF indicates consumers will make low carbon purchasing decisions if given the opportunity,. However, the research shows the current policy model must change to allow more low carbon capable vehicles to enter the market. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

USITC votes 4-0 that US biodiesel industry injured by imports

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. International Trade Commission determined in a 4-0 vote that the U.S. biodiesel industry is materially injured by biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, which the U.S. Department of Commerce previously determined are subsidized. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

RICanada launches ad campaign to push for higher biofuel mandates

BY Renewable Industries Canada RICanada launched a public awareness campaign on the environmental and economic benefits of biofuels mandates. Dubbed Facts Don’t Lie, the campaign is designed to educate the public on how biofuels reduce carbon emissions from transportation. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

NBB elects governing board made up of full biodiesel value chain

BY The National Biodiesel Board While in Washington, D.C., to advocate for U.S. biodiesel industry jobs, National Biodiesel Board members selected their trade association leadership Nov. 30. The board reflects the wide range of member companies in the biodiesel industry. READ MORE

December 01, 2017

MSU gets grant for power plant emission reduction, algae growth

BY PHYCO2 PHYCO2 will collaborate with Michigan State University under a $1 million U.S. DOE grant to develop technologies to transform the efficiency and operating costs to reduce power plant emissions of CO2 and create marketable chemicals. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

First RFS rule from Trump EPA a big disappointment for biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA released its final rule for renewable volume obligations under the RFS Nov. 30, and the Trump administration's first final rule is a big disappointment for biodiesel producers. The rule stalls biodiesel volumes at 2.1 billion gallons. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

NBB members on Hill to urge reinstatement of biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board Starting Nov. 28, nearly 100 members of the National Biodiesel Board are in Washington, D.C., to participate in their biannual fly-in to the nation's capital. NBB members plan to storm the Hill to encourage reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

November 28, 2017

US EPA officially maintains current RFS point of obligation

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has officially announced its denial of several petitions requesting the agency initiate rulemaking to change the point of obligation (POO) under the RFS. In 2016, several groups petitioned the EPA, asking that the agency shift the POO. READ MORE

November 27, 2017

Air Liquide to engineer, supply Cargill biodiesel plant in Kansas

BY Air Liquide Engineering & Construction Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has built six biodiesel plants for Cargill. Now, its leading-edge Lurgi biodiesel technology, which offers a complete oleochemical production chain, will be the heart of Cargill's new 60 MMgy Kansas plant. READ MORE

November 21, 2017

Deutz approves engines for use of alternative fuels

BY Deutz AG Electrification is gaining popularity, but for medium- and heavy-duty applications, there is no replacement for diesel power. Deutz has approved the latest generation of its entire TCD engine range for operation with renewable diesel and biodiesel. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

NJ school district achieves 20-year milestone with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Medford Township Public Schools in New Jersey is celebrating its 20-year anniversary of transitioning to cleaner-burning biodiesel in its school bus fleet. Medford is the U.S.'s longest continuous user of biodiesel in a student transportation fleet. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

US biodiesel leadership sends RFS letter to President Trump

BY Ron KotrbaExecutive leaders of the National Biodiesel Board have sent a letter to U.S. President Donald J. Trump on the 2018-'19 final rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard, which the White House Office of Management and Budget is currently reviewing. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Western Iowa Energy acquires 15 MMgy California biodiesel plant

BY Ocean Park Advisors Agron Bioenergy closed the sale of its biodiesel plant in Watsonville, California, to Western Iowa Energy. The assets include a biodiesel refinery designed to produce 15 MMgy and patents encompassing Agron's centrifuge system and distillation steps. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Discovery Channel documentary 'Hot Grease' spotlights biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board They've been following National Biodiesel Board workers and members around for almost two years. Now, finally, the story of biodiesel will be shared with a large, national audience as Discovery's Hot Grease makes its on-air debut Thursday, Nov. 16. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

Pacific Biodiesel to supply fuel to new Schofield power plant

BY Ron KotrbaHawaiian Electric Co. and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies signed a three-year biodiesel supply contract for the new 50-MW Schofield Generating Station, 8-MW Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility, and other Oahu generation facilities. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

Diamond Green Diesel considers expanding production to 550 MMgy

BY Valero Energy Corp. Valero and Darling Ingredients announced they will initiate an engineering and construction cost review to analyze an additional project that would grow production at their Diamond Green Diesel renewable diesel facility in Louisiana to 550 MMgy. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

BDI to build RepCat biodiesel plant at Crimson Renewable Energy

BY Ron KotrbaOne year after Austrian biodiesel engineering firm BDI completed upgrades at Crimson Renewable Energy in Bakersfield, California, including process optimization and expansion, the company announced another milestone project at the same facility. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

EU vote shows Parliament strongly divided on crop-based biofuels

BY The EU Biofuels Chain The EU Parliament Transport Committee decision to reject MEP Bas Eickhout's opinion, and not to endorse the hardline Environment Committee position on biofuels, is yet another sign of the divisions over where EU biofuel policy should be heading. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

US upholds stiff duties in biodiesel imports subsidies case

BY The National Biodiesel Board The commerce department issued its final determination in the case of subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Importers must pay cash deposits of more than 70 percent for Argentine and 34 to 65 percent for Indonesian biodiesel. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

Hero BX hosts terminal event, unveils new branded Bioheat trucks

BY Hero BX Lake Erie Biofuels, dba Hero BX, celebrated one year of business at its blending and distribution terminal in North Hampton, New Hampshire, in grand style by hosting an open house and appreciation event Nov. 2 for customers and the community. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

US biodiesel coalition to testify at ITC imports hearing Nov. 9

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. International Trade Commission will hold a hearing Nov. 9 concerning biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Members of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition will testify, as well as two U.S. senators. READ MORE

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