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April 09, 2020

Report shows 70% of Iowa’s on-road diesel fuel contains biodiesel

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board A new report shows biodiesel-blended fuel represented 70 percent of the total reported sales of on-road diesel last year in Iowa. Blends of B11 or higher made up 58 percent of total on-road diesel sales in 2019, up from 47 percent the year before. READ MORE

April 09, 2020

In Depth: Opportunity Knocking

BY Ron KotrbaBioEconomy Solutions plans to create 200 jobs in South Carolina through operation of a new crush facility while commercializing a little-known crop for the biomass-based diesel industry. READ MORE

April 08, 2020

Turn homeschool into home ‘cool’ with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Like many trying to do their part to flatten the curve during the COVID-19 crisis, many parents are working from home while homeschooling children. To help, the NBB has put together biodiesel educational resources to broaden the learning experience. READ MORE

April 08, 2020

Inside NBB: NBB Celebrates ASA’s 100th Anniversary

BY The National Biodiesel Board Without support from the American Soybean Association, the U.S. biodiesel industry would not have had the national policy success from which it has benefited immensely. Thus, the biodiesel industry is proud to celebrate ASA’s century of growth. READ MORE

April 07, 2020

Court rejects petitions for rehearing en banc of SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleThe Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected two petitions April 7 filed by Wynnewood Refining and HollyFrontier March 24 requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling striking down three SREs that had been approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

April 07, 2020

VTT to assess bio and waste oils suitable for power plants, ships

BY VTT In a Business Finland BioFlex project, VTT and partners are exploring suitability of fuel oils made from biomass and waste plastics for power plants and ship engines. The aim is to determine an economical and ecological replacement for fossil fuels. READ MORE

April 07, 2020

Senators to USDA: Save biofuel producers struggling from pandemic

BY The Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley Senators sent a letter April 7 to the USDA requesting additional funds be allocated to the biofuel industry through the Commodity Credit Corporation during the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

World Energy doubles down on biodiesel amid coronavirus pandemic

BY Ron KotrbaIn late March, during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Biodiesel Magazine spoke with Gene Gebolys about how the crisis is impacting his business, the biodiesel market, renewable fuels in general, the broader energy complex, and climate change. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

Bidding farewell to a Biodiesel Ambassador and Iowa DOT legend

BY Grant Kimberley This spring marks the end of an era for both the Iowa Department of Transportation and biodiesel industry at large. David May, who served as the department’s fleet manager for two decades, has retired to pursue the next chapter in his life. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

Opinion: Our Vision for 2020 and Beyond

BY Donnell Rehagen In his column from the Spring 2020 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine, National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen discusses policy achievements of 2019, highlights from the 2020 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, and challenges that lie ahead. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

In Depth: The Other Unseen Enemy

BY Ron Kotrba Targeted email fraud known as spear phishing is costing businesses, including those in the biodiesel sector, billions of dollars. Learn what to watch for, and how to avoid falling victim to these scams. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

Ace approved to generate D3 RINs from corn kernel fiber ethanol

BY BBI International To participate in the RFS program and generate RINs, renewable fuel producers must meet the registration requirements in Title 40 CFR Part 80. With the EPA approval, Ace Ethanol can now produce ethanol from corn kernel fiber and generate D3 RINs. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

REG Newton biodiesel plant seeds Monarch Fueling Station

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Iowa’s spring planting season is just around the corner and REG’s biodiesel plant near Newton is getting a head start with a unique kind of planting. Pheasants Forever representatives conducted a seeding of native grasses, milkweed and other plants. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

Report: Boost in consumption of US biomass-based diesel expected

BY The Fuels Institute According to a new report released March 26 by the Fuels Institute, biomass-based diesel has increased its share of the diesel fuel market from 0.5 percent volume in 2010 to 5 percent in 2018 and is projected to reach 10 percent by 2022. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA issues guidance on future SRE actions, RFS compliance date

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced it intends to develop an “appropriate implementation and enforcement response” to the Tenth Circuit Court’s small refinery exemption (SRE) ruling “after appeals have been resolved and the court’s mandate has been issued.” READ MORE

March 27, 2020

ADM commits $1 million to aid in COVID-19 response

BY Archer Daniels Midland Co. Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced March 27 that it is has committed approximately $1 million to various organizations involved in the fight against COVID-19, including the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, regional and local charities, and more. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant accepting applications

BY Ron KotrbaStudents are invited to apply online for a grant award of up to $2,000 through the Beth Calabotta Sustainability Education Grant, established by the National Biodiesel Foundation to help full-time students interested in biodiesel sustainability. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

NBB welcomes administration’s decision not to appeal SRE ruling

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomes President Trump’s decision not to appeal the January court ruling that invalidated three small refinery exemptions that the U.S. EPA granted retroactively for the 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Vegetable oil prices under pressure due to coronavirus pandemic

BY UFOP The spread of the coronavirus sent global prices of crude oil and vegetable oil on a downward spiral. Diesel sales are in steep decline, and the demand for and use of biodiesel, and biodiesel producers’ demand for vegetable oil, are down. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Oil refineries challenge Tenth Circuit Court ruling on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleWynnewood Refining and HollyFrontier filed petitions with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals March 24 requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Alfa Laval to supply equipment for St1 renewable diesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaAlfa Laval has won a $5.8 million contract to supply various pieces of equipment for a process line to remove impurities in waste fats and oils at St1’s renewable diesel biorefinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Equipment deliveries are scheduled for 2021. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Iowa ethanol, glycerin donated for hand sanitizer production

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Two Iowa Renewable Fuels Association members sent the first donated shipment of Iowa ethanol and glycerin to the state of Iowa to be used by Iowa Prison Industries for the production of hand sanitizer during the national shortage. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

More rapeseed meal in compound feeds despite declining production

BY UFOP The use of oilseed meals in Germany’s compound feeds has declined continuously over the past four years. In the first half of the 2015-’16 marketing year, it amounted to 3.4 million metric tons, whereas in 2019-’20 the figure was down 17 percent. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Dermen found guilty in $1 billion biodiesel tax fraud scheme

BY U.S. Department of Justice A federal jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, convicted California businessman Lev Aslan Dermen, also known as Levon Termendzhyan, of criminal charges March 16 relating to a $1 billion renewable fuel tax credit fraud scheme, the U.S. government announced. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

IRFA partners with Iowa State University BioBus program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association In recognition of the important role students and young professionals will play in the future of the biodiesel industry, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is announcing a partnership with Iowa State University’s BioBus program. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Newly branded vehicles highlight of National Biodiesel Day

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB launched its 2020 vehicle branding program March 18 designed to showcase biodiesel’s sustainability and emissions reduction benefits. The program kicks off on National Biodiesel Day with the theme “Biodiesel: Better. Cleaner. Now!” READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Biofuel production still powers Iowa economy despite tough times

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A new study by ABF Economics commissioned by the IRFA finds that, despite challenges, Iowa biofuel production continues to have a significant impact on Iowa’s economy, supporting more than 48,000 jobs and more than $2.4 billion in household income. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Executive order expands Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleOregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order March 10 that sets a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and outlines several steps the state will take to combat climate change, including expanding Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Neste to acquire US grease collection, recycling company

BY Neste Corp. Renewable diesel producer Neste has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Mahoney Environmental, a U.S. collector and recycler of used cooking oil, and its affiliated entities. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and closing conditions. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

Missouri Soybean opens doors to new Center for Soy Innovation

BY Missouri Soybean The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council’s efforts to drive research and education for all things soy are starting 2020 by “leveling up” through new opportunities through the new Center for Soybean Innovation, which held a grand opening March 5. READ MORE

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