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January 21, 2021

Legislation introduced to establish CFS in New Mexico

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation introduced in New Mexico on Jan. 19 aims to establish a Clean Fuel Standard within the state. The bill is supported by New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham, the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. READ MORE

January 21, 2021

EPA: 18.26 billion RINs generated in 2020 under RFS

BY Erin VoegeleNearly 18.26 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in 2020, down from 19.81 billion generated in 2019, according to data published by the U.S. EPA. Total RIN generation for December was at 1.69 billion, down from 1.79 billion in December 2019. READ MORE

January 21, 2021

USDA, DOE announce appointments to senior posts

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy on Jan. 21 announced appointments to several senior posts, including USDA undersecretary for Rural Development and chief of staff for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE. READ MORE

January 21, 2021

2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo moves to July

BY BBI International BBI International has announced that the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, will be held July 13-15 in Minneapolis. The event was originally scheduled to be held in mid-June. READ MORE

January 20, 2021

Velocys: Shell withdraws from sustainable aviation fuel project

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys announced on Jan. 18 that Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd. will no longer participate in the development of the Altalto Immingham project, a proposed 20 MMgy sustainable aviation fuel production facility under development in the U.K. READ MORE

January 20, 2021

Biodiesel industry honors those who helped it ‘rise’

BY National Biodiesel Board Long-time advocates, biodiesel friends, and industry movers and shakers headline the recipients of the 2021 “Eye on Biodiesel” awards. The honors are awarded annually by the National Biodiesel Board. READ MORE

January 19, 2021

EPA issues last-minute approval of 3 SREs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA late on Jan. 19 published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data showing that the agency has approved three new SRE petitions, one for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2018 and two for compliance year 2019. READ MORE

January 19, 2021

Now is the time to cut carbon with biodiesel, renewable diesel

BY National Biodiesel Board “Achieving zero emissions from our products is becoming a higher priority for our customers, our communities, and our company,” said Wayne Eckerle of Cummins Inc. at the the 2021 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. READ MORE

January 19, 2021

AFCC announces cost breakthrough in DOE loan guarantees

BY Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition The Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition has announced legislation recently signed by President Trump makes important changes to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Title XVII Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program. READ MORE

January 18, 2021

USDA releases AIA research strategy summary, dashboard

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Jan. 12 released a report and online dashboard that integrates the information collected by the agency as part of its Agriculture Innovation Agenda, an initiative that aims to help the U.S. agricultural industry meet future demands. READ MORE

January 18, 2021

Iowa biodiesel production up in 2020 despite COVID-19 headwinds

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Although only nine of Iowa’s 11 biodiesel plants operated in 2020, they still managed to bump up production to 351 million gallons despite market challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions. READ MORE

January 15, 2021

EPA opens comment period on RFS waiver requests

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced on Jan. 15 it will open a 30-day comment period on several petitions it has received asking the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements for 2019 and 2020. READ MORE

January 15, 2021

DOE makes changes to biomass, biofuel advisory committees

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy is terminating the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, but a newly established Fuels of the Future Advisory Board will have a standing subcommittee dedicated to biofuels. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

EPA proposes to extend 2019, 2020 RFS deadlines

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is scheduled to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register on Jan. 15 extending certain Renewable Fuel Standard deadlines for compliance years 2019 and 2020. A public comment period is open through March 11. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

EIA: US biodiesel production expected to increase in 2021, 2022

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration on Jan. 12 released is Short-Term Energy Outlook for January, which features the agency’s first short-term predictions for 2022. The EIA currently predicts growth in biodiesel production through 2022. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

EPA finalizes determination on RFS anti-backsliding study

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced its final anti-backsliding determination for renewable fuels and air quality. The agency has finalized its proposed determination no additional measures are necessary to mitigate adverse air impacts from the RFS. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

USDA: Soybean production up in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its 2020 Crop Production Annual Summary on Jan. 12, reporting that increased acreage and higher yields allowed soybeans to return to more typical production levels. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

Senators call on EPA to protect the integrity of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleA group of seven republication senators from the Midwest sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Jan. 14 urging him to avoid making any decisions on SREs until the U.S. Supreme Court issues its ruling on the matter. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

Opinion: U.S. Biodiesel Producers Weathering Pandemic Well

BY Tom BryanGenerally, U.S. biodiesel plants have managed the pandemic adeptly, keeping production online and people working. Most reported only moderate hits to their business operations, and many are investing in new technologies, right now, despite COVID-19. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

Inside NBB: Carbon Reductions On the Rise in 2021

BY The National Biodiesel Board With carbon reduction taking center stage, biodiesel and renewable diesel can provide immediate and substantial benefits, including 80% reduction in both greenhouse gases and particulate matter, an over 40% reduction in carbon monoxide, and more. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

House Biofuels Caucus urges Trump to reject SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleMembers of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to President Trump on Jan. 12 urging him to direct the U.S. EPA to immediately reject any pending SRE requests that do not meet criteria established by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

Honeywell introduces simplified renewable diesel technology

BY Honeywell Honeywell on Jan. 12 announced that it has introduced a single-stage UOP Ecofining technology offering for the production of renewable diesel fuel. The new single-stage technology is a fast-to-market, low capital cost solution. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

In Depth: Holding Strong: U.S. Biodiesel Producers Surveyed

BY Tom BryanFROM THE WINTER ISSUE: Biodiesel Magazine’s late-2020 survey of producers tells the story of a resilient, changing industry that’s taken mostly indirect hits from the pandemic. Many producers lowered, but later ramped back up, production in 2020. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

Inside NBB: Ad campaign turns up the volume on biodiesel: Better, Cleaner, Now!

BY The National Biodiesel Board Striving for greater consumer awareness, the NBB is trying to reach an audience unfamiliar with agriculture and the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry with targeted advertising in the mid-Atlantic, Washington D.C., and California regions. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Sustainability Now website launched

BY The National Biodiesel Board The new website will house biodiesel and renewable diesel sustainability posts from subject matter experts, news from third-party outlets, and information for next-generation scientists interested in getting more involved in the industry. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

WASDE increases outlook for 2020-’21 soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA increased its prediction for 2020-’21 soybean oil use in biodiesel production in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released on Jan. 12. The forecast for soybean production, however, is down. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

Senators ask Biden to restore the integrity of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleA group of six democratic senators sent a letter President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 11 urging his administration to support U.S. farmers and the biofuels industry by restoring the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

Neste, Avfuel create strategic partnership for SAF

BY Neste Neste and Avfuel Corp. announce a strategic partnership to create an efficient, continuous supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the United States. Avfuel will be a branded SAF distributor for Neste. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

In Depth: Renewable Diesel's Rising Tide

BY Tom BryanAn update on U.S. renewable diesel projects—operational, expanding, under construction and proposed—giving new purpose to aging oil refineries. The report represents a transformative volume of nearly 5.5 billion gallons of new or potential capacity. READ MORE

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