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October 20, 2021

REEEAC to discuss export competitiveness strategy on Nov. 2

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced a virtual meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held Nov. 2. The event is open to the public. READ MORE

October 20, 2021

ISA encourages biodiesel use to fuel producers’ bottom line

BY Illinois Soybean Association The Illinois Soybean Association’s District 10 Director and board Secretary Elliott Uphoff is in the thick of the harvest season and is proving that biodiesel can fuel your bottom line all year long. READ MORE

October 20, 2021

Farm, biofuel leaders urge Biden to embrace homegrown solutions

BY Growth Energy America’s top biofuel and farm advocates are calling on President Biden to swiftly expand access to lower-carbon, lower-cost biofuels as the administration seeks to address the rising cost of transportation fuel. READ MORE

October 20, 2021

CLG introduces ISOTERRA renewable fuel technology

BY Chevron Lummus Global LLC Chevron Lummus Global LLC on Oct. 18 announced the expansion of its technology portfolio with the addition of its new ISOTERRA process for renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from biomass sources. READ MORE

October 19, 2021

Neste to source used cooking oil from Hesburger restaurants

BY Neste Neste and Hesburger, a Finnish restaurant chain, will engage in a significant circular economy collaboration. Used cooking oil from more than 300 Hesburger restaurants in Finland and in the Baltics will be recycled to produce renewable diesel. READ MORE

October 18, 2021

REG breaks ground on Geismar expansion, improvement project

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 13 to celebrate the start of construction on the company’s improvement and expansion project at REG Geismar. The project will boost capacity at Geismar to 340 MMgy. READ MORE

October 18, 2021

Senators ask USDA to explain delay in COVID-19 aid for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleA group of eight senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Oct. 18 expressing concern that the biofuel sector has yet to receive any of the $700 million in COVID-19 relief announced by the agency in June. READ MORE

October 18, 2021

Environmental impact report available for Martinez conversion

BY Marathon Petroleum Corp. Contra Costa County officials have published the draft environmental impact report for Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Martinez Renewable Fuels project, which will convert the former petroleum refinery to a renewable fuels facility. READ MORE

October 14, 2021

USDA: US biodiesel exports expand in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 77,174.3 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends greater than B30 in August, up from both 68,957.5 metric tons in July and 68,970.7 metric tons in August 2020, according to data released by the USDA on Oct. 5. READ MORE

October 13, 2021

Neste announces partnership with TripActions, Reed & Mackay

BY Neste TripActions, Reed & Mackay, a travel and spend management group, and Neste have announced a groundbreaking global partnership to offer Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel to all TripActions Group customers. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

USDA maintains 2021-’22 forecast for soybean oil use in biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its 2021-’22 forecast for soybean oil use in biofuel in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Oct. 12. The agency’s estimate for 2020-’21 soybean oil use in biofuel was also maintained. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

Argonne National Laboratory releases 2021 GREET update

BY Erin VoegeleArgonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 11 announced the 2021 release of the suite of GREET models, an analytical tool that stimulates the energy use and emissions output of vehicle and fuel combinations. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

USDA predicts record soybean production in 2021

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA released updated data on Oct. 12 predicting that 2021 soybean production will reach a record 4.45 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the agency’s September forecast and up 5 percent from 2020. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

Senate confirms Small to fill USDA Rural Development post

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate on Oct. 7 voted to confirm Xochitl Torres Small as under secretary of rural development at the USDA. USDA Rural Development administers a variety of programs related to biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

EPA appoints Rod Snyder as EPA agriculture advisor

BY U.S. EPA On Oct. 7, U.S. EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the appointment of Rod Snyder to become EPA’s Agriculture Advisor. Snyder will lead outreach and engagement efforts with the agricultural community for EPA. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Minnesota takes initial steps to develop new Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Oct. 7 directed state agencies to explore ways to reduce climate change impacts from transportation fuels. As part of that effort, state agencies will begin work to develop a new Clean Fuel Standard for Minnesota. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Report: Argentina’s biodiesel production to remain down in 2021

BY Erin VoegeleBiodiesel production in Argentina is expected to reach 1.54 billion liters (406.82 million gallons) this year, the second lowest figure in 11 years, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

REG collaborates with ISU on hydrotreater pilot plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Iowa-based biofuels producer, Renewable Energy Group Inc., joined Iowa State University at the BioCentury Research Farm for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 4 to celebrate the start of a new hydrotreater pilot plant. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Arbios moves forward with biofuels plant in British Columbia

BY Arbios Biotech Arbios Biotech, a joint venture of Canadian Forest Products Ltd. and Licella Holdings Ltd., has announced plans to proceed with the development of a pioneering biomass-to-low carbon biofuel plant in Prince George, British Columbia. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

ISG names top policy priorities for new fiscal year

BY Illinois Soybean Association The Illinois Soybean Growers Government Relations Committee recently met to set policy and legislative priorities for the FY22 fiscal year. Biodiesel was among the most pressing and largely discussed issues. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

NBB accepting student scholarship applications for January event

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board invites university science students with a passion for biodiesel and renewable diesel to apply for a scholarship to the 2022 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. The conference takes place Jan. 17 – 20 in Las Vegas. READ MORE

October 07, 2021

BP to double renewable diesel capacity at Northwest refinery

BY BP BP is making a $45 million investment to expand renewable diesel production capacity at its Cherry Point Refinery in Washington state. When complete next year, the facility will produce an estimated 2.6 million barrels of renewable diesel per year. READ MORE

October 05, 2021

AdvanceBio selected for SAF project development and design

BY AdvanceBio LLC The project, dubbed SAFFiRE, will demonstrate reliable, low-greenhouse gas (GHG) production of SAF from corn stover in a fully integrated pilot-scale facility. In addition to sustainable aviation fuel, pelletized lignin will also be produced. READ MORE

October 04, 2021

Marquis plans soybean crushing facility, CCS, biobased chemicals

BY Marquis Inc. While expressing frustration with U.S. biofuels policy and hinting at a move toward becoming less ethanol centric, Marquis Inc. announced a multifaceted CCS project at its industrial park in Illinois that would include a soybean crushing facility. READ MORE

September 30, 2021

USDA: US soybean ending stocks down 51% from September 2020

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released data on Sept. 30 reporting that old crop soybeans stored in all positions totaled 256 million bushels as of Sept. 1, down 51 percent when compared to Sept. 1, 2020. READ MORE

September 30, 2021

EIA: US biofuel capacity, feedstock consumption expand in July

BY Erin VoegeleOperable biofuel production capacity in the U.S. expanded slightly in July, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 30. Biodiesel capacity was up, while capacity for ethanol and other biofuels held steady. READ MORE

September 30, 2021

JetBlue accelerates transition to SAF

BY JetBlue JetBlue on Sept. 29 announced plans to speed up its transition to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with an offtake agreement with SG Preston. The airlines is on track to reach nearly 8 percent SAF useage by the end of 2023. READ MORE

September 30, 2021

Aemetis to supply Delta with 250 million gallons of SAF

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. on Sept. 30 announced that an offtake agreement has been signed with Delta Air Lines for 250 million gallons of blended fuel containing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be delivered over the 10 year term of the agreement. READ MORE

September 29, 2021

Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021 addresses biogas, LCFS

BY Erin VoegeleThe implementation of a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) and expanded production and use of biogas are among the strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions discussed in the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021. READ MORE

September 29, 2021

USDA launches climate-smart ag, forestry partnership initiative

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Sept. 29 announced a new initiative to finance the deployment of climate-smart farming and forestry practices to aid in the marketing of climate-smart agricultural commodities. A public comment period is open through Nov. 1. READ MORE

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