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March 23, 2017

Groups take predictable sides as US biodiesel trade war develops

BY Ron KotrbaJust hours after the NBB filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition claiming Argentine and Indonesian companies violate trade laws by flooding the U.S. with dumped biodiesel, other groups began taking sides in the developing trade war. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

US biodiesel group seeks duties on Argentine, Indonesian imports

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition March 23, making the case that Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

US biodiesel production, imports strong despite lapsed tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaEMTS data show biomass-based diesel volumes associated with D4 RIN generation in January and February approached 265 million gallons, surpassing last year's volumes when the credit was in effect. Of that, more than 82 million gallons was imported. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

2017-'18 RVOs assumed intact as regulatory freeze deadline passes

BY Ron KotrbaMarch 21 represents the end of the 60-day freeze period on new regulations pending review, implemented by the incoming U.S. administration Jan. 20. While EPA has been radio silent, stakeholders welcome implementation of RVOs finalized last November. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance certifies SeQuential plant

BY The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has announced the certification of Oregon-based SeQuential, the longest-running commercial biodiesel producer on the West Coast, for its innovative and nearly zero-waste production of renewable fuel. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

Biox explores renewable diesel production in Sombra, Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaCanada-based biodiesel producer Biox is exploring co-locating a renewable diesel production facility next to the 50 MMly biodiesel plant it purchased from Methes Energies last year in Sombra, Ontario. Biox is working with Forge Hydrocarbons Corp. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

Minnesota leaders celebrate biodiesel milestone

BY The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council hosted a gathering of people at the Minnesota Soybean office March 15 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the passing of Minnesota's biodiesel mandate. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

NBB highlights 5 individuals' stories for National Biodiesel Day

BY The National Biodiesel Board The biodiesel industry honors Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, by naming his birthday, March 18, National Biodiesel Day. This year the National Biodiesel Board highlights five individuals from this great American manufacturing sector. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Registration open for 2017 biodiesel round robin test

BY Ron KotrbaGermany's biodiesel quality management association (AGQM) and the mineral oil and fuels standards committee have begun registration for their annual round robin test for biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel for 2017. Registration is open until April 7. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Conestoga Energy acquires midstream biodiesel logistics firm

BY Conestoga Energy Holdings LLC Conestoga Energy Holdings acquired the assets of VicNRG, a marketing, distribution and terminal operating company for biodiesel. The investment gives Conestoga Energy the opportunity to be a midstream provider of biodiesel marketing and logistics. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

Biodiesel Magazine goes quarterly to serve growing market

BY BBI International BBI International is pleased to announce that due to a rebounding, growing U.S. biodiesel market, the Grand Forks, North Dakota-based publishing company is increasing print frequency of its second-longest-running publication, Biodiesel Magazine. READ MORE

March 13, 2017

Cooperative's biodiesel demonstration aims to increase farmer use

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board A demonstration by an Iowa farm cooperative aims to convince more farmers in the state to use biodiesel. United Farmers Cooperative, based in Afton, Iowa, put two trucks head-to-head to compare how B5 and B20 blends performed. The B20 truck won. READ MORE

March 13, 2017

Evonik, DSM JV to produce omega-3 fatty acids from marine algae

BY Evonik Corp. DSM Nutritional Products and Evonik Nutrition & Care will each hold a 50 percent share in the joint venture and co-own the $200 million production facility, which will be built at an existing site of Evonik and is expected to come on stream in 2019. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

CBA event highlights California's thriving biodiesel market

BY Celia DuBose, the California Biodiesel Alliance Experts from California and all over the U.S. gathered in Sacramento in March to discuss biodiesel in the Golden State. The one-day event, the California Biodiesel Alliance's sixth annual show, addressed challenges and highlighted opportunities. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

American Soybean Association honors Joe Jobe with special award

BY The American Soybean Association The ASA recognized Joe Jobe from Jefferson City, Missouri, with its Special Meritorious Service Award at its annual awards banquet during the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. Jobe led the National Biodiesel Board for nearly 20 years. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

US EPA gives Genscape extension to respond to notice of intent

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. EPA has granted Genscape Inc. an extension to respond to the agency's Jan. 4 notice of intent to revoke the company's ability to verify RINs as a third-party auditor under the RFS QAP. The company now has until April 18 to respond to EPA. READ MORE

March 08, 2017

Twin challenges to LCFS advance in California courts

BY Joshua T. Bledsoe and Max Friedman, Latham & Watkins LLP Two related cases, advancing in parallel, have the potential to upend California's LCFS, whether via full suspension of the LCFS or carving out diesel fuels from the deficit and crediting regime. Both cases involve challenges by POET LLC. READ MORE

March 08, 2017

New Leaf Biofuel plans to double biodiesel production capacity

BY Ron KotrbaSan Diego-based biodiesel producer New Leaf Biofuel has been approved for a grant from the California Energy Commission for nearly $3.8 million, which will help fund an expansion project to double production capacity on-site from 6 MMgy to 12 MMgy. READ MORE

March 08, 2017

REG 2016 results: Production up 48 percent, profit up 55 percent

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group reported its Q4 and full-year financial results. The company produced 445.5 million gallons of biomass-based diesel in 2016, up from 300.3 million in 2015, and gross profit hit $171.5 million compared to $110.5 million in 2015. READ MORE

March 07, 2017

German biodiesel imports rise sharply, exports grow modestly

BY Ron KotrbaGerman biodiesel exports in 2016 reached approximately 463 million gallons, up 3.4 percent. Imports increased 38 percent to roughly 216 million gallons, the highest since 2012. U.S. imports of German biodiesel rose by nearly seven times. READ MORE

March 07, 2017

Biodiesel leaders talk jobs, money with key political influencers

BY The National Biodiesel Board When it comes to American biodiesel, jobs and economic opportunities are the hot tickets. In Washington, D.C., from across the nation, biodiesel industry leaders are meeting with key influencers in early March to spotlight America's advanced biofuel. READ MORE

March 03, 2017

REG completes Petrotec acquisition, sales top 2 billion gallons

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG announced several recent milestones, including five months of continuous full production in Geismar, 100 percent ownership of Petrotec's assets in Germany, and surpassing 2 billion gallons sold with the second billion coming in just 33 months. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

New 30 MMgy soy biodiesel plant slated for North Dakota

BY Ron KotrbaMinnesota Soybean Processors and its subsidiary North Dakota Soybean Processors are moving forward with plans to build a $240 million soybean crush facility and refinery in Spiritwood, North Dakota. The complex will include a 30 MMgy biodiesel plant. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

In Depth: Commercial Proving Grounds

BY Ron KotrbaWith help from investors, Cielo Waste Solutions plans to fast-track deployment of its renewable diesel technology at a shuttered, gutted biodiesel plant in Alberta. Whether CWS can turn its dreams into cash returns for investors remains to be seen. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Biodiesel production grows in Iowa as capacity surges 20 percent

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board In advance of its annual Biodiesel Day on the Hill, the Iowa Biodiesel Board announced Feb. 27 the state's capacity to produce biodiesel is on the rise by nearly 20 percent, from 334 to almost 400 MMgy. Plant expansion projects led to the boost. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Pacific Biodiesel launches Hawaii's largest biofuel crop project

BY Pacific Biodiesel The initial crop project on 115 acres will expand diversified agriculture by growing combine-harvested oil crops on land previously used for sugar cane production. Pacific Biodiesel hosted a Hawaiian blessing Feb. 24 to mark the project's beginning. READ MORE

February 26, 2017

Camelina, canola show promise as cool-season crops

BY The Crop Science Society of America Extension agronomist Stephen Kaffka and his team at UC Davis, including project scientist Nic George, explored growing cool-season crops such as canola and camelina in the same areas where California farmers typically grow warm-season crops. READ MORE

February 26, 2017

Newport Biodiesel provides B20 for ocean voyage ending in Cuba

BY The National Biodiesel Board On Feb. 21, the 200-foot Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry took on 6,000 gallons of B20 provided by a local biodiesel producer at Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island, beginning its voyage from New England to Florida and then on to Cuba in March. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

Particle counting in diesel fuel and biodiesel blends

BY Stanhope-Seta Ltd. Particle counters are simple to operate and provide immediate results. They measure and count particles, presenting the results in size bands, giving a snapshot of the particle distribution in terms of particles/ml and ISO 4406 cleanliness codes. READ MORE

February 17, 2017

Amid controversy, Pruitt confirmed as US EPA administrator

BY Anna Simet and Ron Kotrba In a 54-46 vote, Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the U.S. EPA. President Donald J. Trump nominated Pruitt—arguably the most controversial of Trump’s cabinet nominees—as EPA administrator in early December. READ MORE

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