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November 24, 2020

Brazil allows imported soy for biodiesel production

BY Erin VoegeleThe Brazilian National Energy Policy Council on Nov. 18 published a resolution that allows imported soybeans and imported soybean oil to be used to produce biodiesel. It is unclear how long the resolution will remain in force. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Governors urge EPA to address biogenic CO2 barrier

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition The Biogenic CO2 Coalition on Nov. 19 commended a bipartisan group of six U.S. governors who are urging the U.S. EPA to take prompt, science-based action to keep the United States from falling behind its competitors in the international bioeconomy. READ MORE

November 23, 2020

EPA: 1.56 billion RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released data showing nearly 1.56 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in October, down from 1.73 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

November 23, 2020

Court asked to hold EPA accountable on improper 2016 waiver

BY Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Corn Growers Association, National FarmBiofuel groups on Nov. 23 filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. EPA to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel in the 2016 RVO. READ MORE

November 20, 2020

UTIA awarded FAA grant to research SAF development

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the FAA to evaluate regional biomass supply chains with regard to their potential for supplying feedstock for domestic fuel production. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act establishes LCFS for aviation fuel

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., on Nov. 18 introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act, a bill that aims to incentivize the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and help the aviation sector reduce carbon emissions. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

EPA: 6 more SRE petitions filed, 58 now pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated SRE data on Nov. 19, reporting that six additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency, including one for RFS compliance year 2019 and five for compliance year 2020. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

CRC plans to acquire, relocate biodiesel plant in Kentucky

BY Hemisphere Ltd. Hemisphere Ltd., the parent company of Continental Refining Co.., announced that it is exploring plans to acquire, relocate and install a soybean crushing, biodiesel refining and blending facility at a current CRC oil refinery in Kentucky. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

NBB virtually elects new governing board

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board members met virtually in mid-November to elect new governing board leaders from across the biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain. NBB's new leadership will help the development and success of the industry. READ MORE

November 18, 2020

Bill forces EPA to act on RFS pathway, registration petitions

BY Erin VoegeleReps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., on Nov. 18 introduced the Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act, which aims to force the U.S. EPA to act on outstanding RFS pathway and registration applications. READ MORE

November 18, 2020

UK 10-point plan addresses SAF, move to zero-emissions vehicles

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government on Nov. 18 issued its 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, which addresses sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and an accelerated phase-out of the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

Grön Fuels proposes to build $9.2B biorefinery in Louisiana

BY Louisiana Economic Development Grön Fuels LLC is studying the feasibility of developing a $9.2 billion renewable fuel complex at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge that would produce renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel. A final investment decision is expected in 2021. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

USDA accepting comments on information request related to HBBIP

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is accepting comments on a proposed information collection request related to the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The agency said the collected information would identify eligible applicants seeking funds through the HBIIP. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

Nodel, IncubEx launch RIN futures and options, new REC contracts

BY Nodel Nodal Exchange and IncubEx on Nov. 17 announced the successful launch of eight new renewable identification number (RIN) futures and options contracts, plus seven new renewable energy certificate (REC) contracts. READ MORE

November 16, 2020

IEA expects global biofuels production to rebound in 2021

BY Erin VoegeleThe global biofuels industry has been strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency in early November, with production down approximately 11.6 percent when compared to 2019. READ MORE

November 16, 2020

DOE seeks proposals for Co-Optima collaboration

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced a directed funding opportunity (DFO) seeking proposals for advancing the aim of its Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. Proposals are due Jan. 14. READ MORE

November 16, 2020

NBB announces new East Coast policy staff position

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomed Steve Dodge as the organization's new director of state regulatory affairs on Nov. 16. Dodge is a longtime energy industry veteran who will focus primarily on advancing state and regional policy efforts. READ MORE

November 13, 2020

NBB: Biodiesel can help meet USDA’s AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleThe National Biodiesel Board stressed that biodiesel is an adoptable, ready to go technology that can help meet the goals of the USDA’s Agricultural Innovation Agenda in comments submitted to the agency on Nov. 9. READ MORE

November 12, 2020

US biodiesel exports at 59,904 metric tons in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 59,904 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of B30 and greater in September, donw from 70,628.1 metric tons in August, but up from 33,491.6 metric tons in September 2019, according to data released by the USDA on Nov. 4. READ MORE

November 12, 2020

Renewable fuel production begins at Preem's refinery in Lysekil

BY Preem AB For the first time, renewable raw materials are being converted to Swedish Environmental Class 1 diesel at Preem's refinery in Lysekil. The aim is to annually produce up to 950,000 cubic meters of renewable fuel by 2024. READ MORE

November 11, 2020

WASDE maintains forecast for soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its 2020-’21 forecast for soybean oil use in biodiesel production in its latest WASDE report, released Nov. 10. The agency lowered its 2020-’21 projections for soybean production and ending stocks. READ MORE

November 11, 2020

Supreme Court extends deadline for EPA response to SRE challenge

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10 granted a motion filed by the U.S. EPA seeking a one-month extension to its deadline to file a response to a petition filed by HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining in September seeking the review of an SRE ruling. READ MORE

November 10, 2020

Making biodiesel from dirty old cooking oil just got way easier

BY RMIT University Researchers at RMIT University have developed a powerful, low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel, and turning food scraps and plastic rubbish into high-value products READ MORE

November 10, 2020

2021 International Biomass Conference & Expo goes virtual

BY BBI International Biomass Magazine has announced that the 14th Annual Biomass Conference & Expo will be taking place 100 percent virtual, March 15-17, 2021. The deadline to submit a presentation abstract is Nov. 13, 2020. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

USDA: Soybean oil use for biodiesel to increase through 2030-‘31

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Nov. 6 released select commodity tables from its Agricultural Projections to 2030 report, which is scheduled to be released in full in February. The report predicts a slight growth in soybean oil use for biodiesel over the next decade. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

CVR Energy considers second renewable diesel conversion

BY Erin VoegeleCVR Energy is progressing with plans to convert one production unit at its Wynnewood refinery in Oklahoma to renewable diesel production and is considering the implementation of a similar project at the company’s refinery Coffeyville, Kansas. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

Biofuel groups congratulate Biden and Harris

BY Erin VoegeleThe RFA and Growth Energy have spoken out to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory, noting they look forward to working with the upcoming administration to advance the use of biofuels. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

Colorado man sentenced to prison for biodiesel tax credit fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice A Colorado resident was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Oct. 27 for his role in a biodiesel tax credit fraud scheme, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. READ MORE

November 05, 2020

REG reports Q3 financial results

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. on Nov. 5 announced its financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2020. Revenues for the three-month period were $576 million on 176 million gallons of fuel sold. READ MORE

November 05, 2020

EPA seeks extension in SRE challenge filed with US Supreme Court

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Nov. 4 filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a one-month extension to file its response to a petition filed by HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining in September seeking a review of a lower court's ruling on SREs. READ MORE

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