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February 21, 2018

Revived Calif. plant celebrates low-carbon biodiesel production

BY Western Iowa Energy LLC An open house and ribbon-cutting Feb. 21 drew supporters from the Midwest to the West Coast to celebrate the reopening of Agron Bioenergy, a 15 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Watsonville, California, recently acquired by Western Iowa Energy. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

US Department of Commerce issues final antidumping determination

BY The National Biodiesel Board The commerce department found that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia are sold into the U.S. below fair value, and the cash deposit requirements on imports from these countries will be updated based on the final amount of dumping found. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

Hawaii legislature considers 10 percent biofuel mandate

BY Ron KotrbaHawaii Sen. Lorraine Inouye introduced SB2019 requiring fuel to contain 10 percent biofuel. The bill passed a second reading in the Senate transportation and energy committee, and moves to the ways and means committee Feb. 23 for decision-making. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

Off-road engines, aftertreatment systems perform well on B100

BY AGQM University of Rostock research shows off-road engines conforming to exhaust emission category EU Stage IV are suitable for operation with pure biodiesel. Special attention was given to the operational stability of exhaust gas aftertreatment systems. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

Lanxess acquires Belgian firm's South Carolina chemical complex

BY Ron KotrbaLanxess, a supplier of ion exchange resin technology for biodiesel purification and the Baynox line of antioxidants for biodiesel fuel, has completed acquisition of the phosphorus chemicals business from Belgian chemicals group Solvay. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Biodiesel supporters 'share the love' at Iowa Capitol

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board On Valentine's Day, members and supporters of the Iowa Biodiesel Board took to the state Capitol building to proclaim the virtues of biodiesel, and to ask leaders to fight for programs that keep biodiesel at the heart of economic development. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

American Soybean Association hires new CEO to replace Censky

BY Ron KotrbaThe American Soybean Association has hired Ryan Findlay as its new CEO to replace Stephen Censky, who is now the deputy secretary at the USDA. Findlay, a Michigan native, has worked for the global ag company Syngenta for the past four years. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

NBF offers students $2,000 through new Beth Calabotta grant

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation Student scientists can quality for up to a $2,000 award through the new Beth Calabotta Sustainability Education Grant. The National Biodiesel Foundation established the grant to help students interested in research and biodiesel sustainability. READ MORE

February 09, 2018

Retroactive biodiesel tax credit signed into law for 2017 only

BY Ron KotrbaThe 11th-hour deal, unfortunately, does not include a forward-looking extension of the credit through this year, as so many biodiesel advocates had hoped. Trump signed the funding bill Feb. 9 just hours after its passage through Congress. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

Carinata seed distribution agreement discussions underway

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Following a recent transpacific flight powered by carinata biojet fuel, Agrisoma Biosciences and Nuseed are in discussions to develop a distribution agreement for carinata seed. Both events signal the beginning of a new market for Australian growers. READ MORE

February 05, 2018

USDA stops support for Farm-to-Fleet biofuel production incentive

BY Erin Voegele The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet biofuel production incentive, effective Feb 1. Payments will continue to be made, however, under existing commitments. The USDA said the incentive is no longer a priority. READ MORE

February 05, 2018

UPM assesses construction of second biorefinery in Finland

BY UPM Biofuels UPM has begun an environmental impact assessment for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in southeastern Finland. The 500,000-ton plant, which would be UPM's second, would use different feedstocks than the current UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery. READ MORE

February 01, 2018

Despite challenges, 2017 was a solid year for US biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaIn terms of the U.S. market for biodiesel, 2017 was not a record-breaking year, as was 2016, but it was also not a bad year for production and demand either, particularly considering that the industry faced numerous challenges. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

European biodiesel industry welcomes antisubsidy investigation

BY The European Biodiesel Board Following an EBB complaint, the EU Commission initiated an antisubsidy investigation Jan. 31 targeting subsidized Argentine biodiesel exports. Since September when EU tariffs were reduced, Argentina shipped 600,000-plus tons of biodiesel to the EU. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Emergent research could forge new paths to biodiesel's future

BY Ron KotrbaYoung scientists presented their ongoing biodiesel research projects during a panel at the National Biodiesel Conference in late January. Process and feedstock research like the work presented could provide an impetus the biodiesel industry needs. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Biojet fuel producer AltAir Fuels achieves RSB certification

BY Ron KotrbaAltAir Fuels, a 40 MMgy biojet fuel production facility in Paramount, California, has been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials to produce certified-sustainable biojet fuel, renewable diesel and naphtha. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Biojet fuel propels Qantas' historic transpacific flight

BY Qantas The world's first dedicated biofuel flight between the U.S. and Australia, QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, was scheduled to depart Jan. 29. The biofuel, processed from Brassica Carinata by AltAir Fuels, powered Qantas' Dreamliner 787-9. READ MORE

January 29, 2018

Minnesota schedules workshops as state prepares to implement B20

BY Ron KotrbaAs Minnesota prepares to implement its 20 percent biodiesel requirement in diesel fuel May 1, a series of workshops will be held across the state beginning Feb. 12 in Saint Paul. Minnesota implemented its B10 mandate in 2014 with no major issues. READ MORE

January 29, 2018

WTO: EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel must conform to GATT 1994

BY Ron KotrbaEU antidumping duties against Indonesian biodiesel are expected to be lowered, following a WTO panel report stating that the duties are inconsistent with provisions in established trade rules and must be brought into conformity with GATT 1994. READ MORE

January 26, 2018

BDI breaks ground on algae production facility in Styria, Austria

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel technology and engineering firm BDI-BioEnergy International AG officially broke ground Jan. 26 on its new algae biomass production plant at Hartberg Ecopark in the Austrian state of Styria. The milestone is the culmination of years of R&D. READ MORE

January 24, 2018

Industry honors biodiesel champions, reflects on history

BY The National Biodiesel Board As the U.S. biodiesel industry celebrates 25 years at its yearly gathering, this year back in Fort Worth, the National Biodiesel Board's annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to biodiesel. READ MORE

January 24, 2018

Wootton, Miner charged with fraud on top of last year’s charges

BY U.S. Department of Justice Wootton, serving as president of Keystone Biofuels, and Miner, serving as CEO, are alleged to have participated in a conspiracy to defraud the IRS by, among other things, fraudulently claiming tax refunds based on the biodiesel blenders credit. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Big Oil, biodiesel join forces to combat electrification

BY Ron KotrbaEven though the petroleum and biodiesel industries rarely see eye to eye on energy policy, the two factions find common ground in a new threat to all liquid fuels—electric vehicles. An ad hoc partnership may have just formed in Fort Worth, Texas. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Ford's new 2018 F-150 joins ranks of B20 diesel vehicle models

BY The National Biodiesel Board Several automakers’ new 2018 diesel models, including Ford's first diesel F-150 truck, are being featured in late January in Fort Worth as the U.S. biodiesel industry celebrates its 25th anniversary at the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

US government report strengthens consensus on biodiesel benefits

BY The National Biodiesel Board The report, published by a collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, Purdue University and USDA, represents the most comprehensive lifecycle analysis of biodiesel ever produced, and it confirms biodiesel's GHG emissions reduction benefits. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Evonik, Siemens to make chemicals from CO2, eco-electricity

BY Evonik Corp. Evonik and Siemens are planning to use electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to convert CO2 into specialty chemicals. The two companies are working on electrolysis and fermentation processes in a joint research project called Rheticus. READ MORE

January 18, 2018

'White grease' suffocating fuel filters not biodiesel-related

BY Paul Nazzaro The historic cold snap that gripped New England and the Mid-Atlantic to kick off the New Year challenged fuel handlers throughout the region, causing sporadic operational issues for diesel fuel, heating oil professionals and their customers. READ MORE

January 18, 2018

Congress urged to pass biodiesel tax credit in budget negotiation

BY Ron KotrbaAs a U.S. government shutdown looms unless lawmakers can agree on a budget before midnight Jan. 19, biodiesel companies are pressing Congress to pass the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit, which expired more than a year ago for the fifth time. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

EU Parliament vote on RED II puts ILUC debate to rest

BY The EU Biodiesel Chain The EU Parliament plenary vote Jan. 17 on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive rebalanced an initially negative Environment Committee report. Parliament decided not to reopen the indirect land use change debate, which was settled in 2015. READ MORE

January 15, 2018

Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott wins 2018 Biodiesel Marketing Award

BY Ron KotrbaThe Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, has been awarded the 2018 Biodiesel Marketing Award by Bill Northey, the state's agriculture secretary. Iowa 80 Truckstop began offering biodiesel in 2002. Today it offers blends from B11 to B20 year-round. READ MORE

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