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October 19, 2018

NBB letter calls on EPA to end demand destruction for biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB delivered a letter Oct. 17 to U.S. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler asking that the agency fully account for small refinery exemptions in the annual Renewable Fuel Standard rules and end the demand destruction for biodiesel. READ MORE

October 19, 2018

White House releases timeline for RFS reset, other rules

BY Erin Voegele The Trump administration has released estimated timelines for the development of three U.S. EPA rulemakings that pertain to the Renewable Fuel Standard and year-round E15 sales, including one that includes a reset of statutory blending targets. READ MORE

October 17, 2018

Ace Ethanol begins D3MAX plant construction at Wisconsin facility

BY BBI International D3MAX and Ace Ethanol announced they have started construction of the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol's plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol producer to integrate the patented D3MAX technology in its dry mill plant. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

Targray opens biodiesel terminal in Fargo to meet growing demand

BY Targray Targray, a leading North American biofuels marketer and distributor, has announced the opening of its Fargo Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 fuel distribution center serving wholesale fuel buyers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

PHYCO2 algae pilot program with MSU reaches new milestones

BY PHYCO2 PHYCO2 reached a new milestone in its three-year pilot program with Michigan State University, announcing the operation of its new, scalable algae PBR, which will reduce the level of carbon emissions produced by electric power generation boilers. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

Students can apply for scholarship to biodiesel event by Nov. 19

BY The National Biodiesel Board University-level science majors interested in learning about all aspects of the biodiesel industry can apply for a $600 travel scholarship and free registration to attend the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 21-24 in San Diego. READ MORE

October 12, 2018

New pump labels in EU provide clarity on biofuels content

BY Ron KotrbaThe EU introduced a new, harmonized set of fuel labels Oct. 12 to give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles. The labels will help avoid misfueling and inform drivers, according to the European Commission. READ MORE

October 11, 2018

Norway to implement biofuel mandate for aviation fuel in 2020

BY Erin Voegele Norway is taking action to require the use of renewable aviation fuel. On Oct. 4, the country's Ministry of Climate and Environment announced it will require aviation fuel to contain at least 0.5 percent advanced biofuel starting in 2020. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

Global vegetable oil production set to reach new peak

BY UFOP As global vegetable oil production is set to break records, crude petroleum oil prices are rising. Rising vegetable oil stocks has put downward pressure on biofuel feedstock prices, causing renewable fuels to become more economically attractive. READ MORE

October 05, 2018

Baseball teams knock it out of the park with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Sports fans nationwide are celebrating sustainable practices this weekend as Oct. 6 marks Green Sports Day. Ballparks throughout the country are recycling used cooking oil into clean-burning biodiesel, which reduces carbon emissions by 80 percent. READ MORE

October 04, 2018

Keystone Biofuels director pleads guilty to biodiesel tax fraud

BY Ron KotrbaDavid Tielle, business development director of Pennsylvania-based Keystone Biofuels, pleaded guilty Oct. 3 in federal court to one count of conspiring to defraud the IRS, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He faces five years in prison. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

German biodiesel exports hit record high in first half of 2018

BY UFOP In the first half of 2018, German biodiesel exports climbed considerably. Demand from the U.S., Sweden and Austria increased sharply. Total exports surged more than 14 percent for the first six months of 2018 compared to the same time last year. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

EU biodiesel stakeholders urge commission to reconsider duties

BY Ron KotrbaAn important meeting of the Trade Defence Instruments Committee looms Oct. 3 at the European Commission, one for which European biodiesel advocates are calling on member states to raise the issue of reinstating tariffs on Argentine biodiesel. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

NATSO Alt Fuels Council unveils RFS RIN Management Service

BY NATSO Inc. NATSO and the Alternative Fuels Council launched a new RIN Management Service Oct. 1 designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program and manage their RINs. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

BDI-BioEnergy restructures to adapt to changing times, markets

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel technology firm BDI-BioEnergy International has recently completed organizational restructuring. Management tells Biodiesel Magazine that, as a result, it is better equipped for the future and to react more quickly to market changes. READ MORE

September 28, 2018

Biodiesel tax incentive extension receives bipartisan support

BY The National Biodiesel Board On Sept. 27 the National Biodiesel Board thanked 46 members of Congress—led by Rep. David Young, R-Iowa; and Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa—who voiced their strong support for a multiyear extension of the biodiesel tax incentive. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

10 years in, So. Carolina biodiesel producer expands, diversifies

BY Ron KotrbaWinnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuel, formerly known as Midlands Biofuels, has acquired an idle 40 MMgy biodiesel plant in Warrenville, South Carolina. The 10-year-old company is rapidly expanding and diversifying its offerings. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

Hero BX acquires biodiesel facility in Clinton, Iowa

BY Hero BX The former Clinton County Biodiesel facility in Clinton, Iowa, is officially under new ownership. Lake Erie Biofuels, dba Hero BX, purchased the assets of the facility from Tenaska Commodities LLC, an affiliate of Tenaska Inc., on Sept. 21. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

Escalating trade war will increase damage to US soybean farmers

BY The American Soybean Association The administration's decision to impose 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports—and China's subsequent retaliation on $60 billion of U.S. products—deepens and prolongs the trade war between the two countries. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

EPA updates RFS data to include refinery exemptions, RIN prices

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA has updated its Renewable Fuel Standard public data web pages to include the number of small refinery exemption petitions received, approved and denied each compliance year; and the weekly average price and volume of RINs traded. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Exploring Biodiesel series adds 2 new dates, venues

BY Ron KotrbaPreviously dubbed "Five Cities, One Vision," the Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) regional seminar series has added two new cities to its coast-to-coast tour—Newport, Rhode Island, on Sept. 24; and Syracuse, New York, on Sept. 27. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Pacific Biodiesel subsidiary launches natural sunscreen product

BY Ron KotrbaA wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel, Maiden Hawaii Naturals, has introduced Kuleana Sunscreen, a natural, reef-safe product. Made from plant-based oils, minerals and other natural ingredients, the sunscreen contains no harmful chemicals. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

'Next Gen Scientists for Biodiesel' program selects 2 new leaders

BY The National Biodiesel Board Shyam Paudel, a Ph.D. candidate at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and William Gray, a chemical engineering undergraduate at Rowan University, have been selected to help lead the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

World Energy, United launch longest transatlantic biofuels flight

BY World Energy LLC Renewable jet fuel producer World Energy announced its participation in United Airlines’ biofuel flight from San Francisco International Airport to Zurich Airport Sept. 14. The United Boeing 787 will be powered by a 30 percent blend of biojet fuel. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

Iowa Biodiesel Board elects leaders at regional annual meeting

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa biodiesel producer Tom Brooks of Western Dubuque Biodiesel will serve a third term as chair of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. The directors elected officers during the IBB and Nat'l Biodiesel Board Regional Annual Meeting Sept. 12-13 in Des Moines. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

Biodiesel demand in Germany up despite drop in diesel consumption

BY UFOP Germany's consumption of on-road diesel fuel and gasoline in the first half of 2018 was lower than in the same period in 2017, but the use of biodiesel and ethanol saw a significant rise. From January through June, biodiesel use was up 11 percent. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

NBB celebrates 10 years in green office space with ceremony

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB celebrated 10 years in its current Jefferson City, Missouri, office Sept. 10 and commemorated a decade of growth and milestones with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site, which was previously vacant and remodeled 10 years ago. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UK biodiesel producer Greenergy makes major int'l investments

BY Ron KotrbaU.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy has just acquired Singapore-based used cooking oil exporter Rexon Energy. The acquisition comes less than two months after purchasing an idle biodiesel facility in Amsterdam from Oiltanking Amsterdam B.V. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Neste completes acquisition of Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter

BY Ron KotrbaNeste's acquisition of 51 percent of the shares and controlling interest in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, is now complete. The former owners remain co-owners and the new name of the company is Neste Demeter B.V. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Arkansas biologist receives grant to improve biofuel production

BY The University of Arkansas NSF grant recipient Ruben Michael Ceballos, a biologist at the University of Arkansas, will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the process of turning organic material into fuel. READ MORE

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