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April 21, 2017

NBB set to argue advanced biofuel mandate in RFS should be higher

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board will speak during oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit April 24 regarding the 2014-’16 RFS. NBB challenged U.S. EPA's interpretation and use of its waiver authority. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

Biodiesel helps UConn gain green rating at all 8 dining halls

BY Stephanie Reitz, UConn Communications UConn's accomplishments include eliminating the use of Styrofoam in its facilities, operating a comprehensive recycling program, recycling grease to result in biodiesel fuel, and saving water and energy by using high-efficiency sprayers. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

German biodiesel exports for 2016 revised up slightly

BY Ron KotrbaGerman biodiesel exports in 2016 increased by 4.8 percent over the previous year, to 1.56 million metric tons, according to German government data. This is up from the export tally originally announced in March, which was 1.54 million tons. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

Amerigreen opens 2nd annual energy solutions video essay contest

BY Amerigreen Energy Students are invited to express their views on energy solutions for the future in a 30-second video. The contest begins April 17 and is open to students in grades 6-12, and undergraduate college students in Amerigreen Energy's fuel dealer regions. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

Court rules against CARB on LCFS, preserves 2017 status quo

BY Joshua T. Bledsoe and Max Friedman, Latham & Watkins LLP While POET succeeded in forcing ARB to conduct further CEQA analysis, this opinion was far from a total loss for ARB. Indeed, this opinion represents something of a best-case-scenario for ARB, and for the biodiesel industry, under the circumstances. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

UFOP welcomes EU vote to exclude palm oil for biofuel use

BY UFOP The European Parliament supports the move to exclude palm oil as a raw material for energetic use from 2020, at the same time acknowledging the sustainability of biofuels made from oil plants (rapeseed and sunflower) grown within Europe. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

US biodiesel industry testifies on illegal trading at ITC hearing

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. Commerce Department announced April 13 initiation of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. U.S. producers testified on the same date to the International Trade Commission. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

D3MAX pilot test results at Ace Ethanol even better than expected

BY BBI International With pilot test results at Ace Ethanol exceeding expectations, D3MAX, a bolt-on technology to convert corn fiber to cellulosic ethanol, plans to begin designing the first commercial-scale plant this summer with construction expected to begin by fall. READ MORE

April 10, 2017

NJ feedstock processor sentenced for conspiracy to commit fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice The owner of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor was sentenced April 7 for his role in a scheme that generated more than $7 million in fraudulent tax and RIN credits connected to the purported production of biodiesel. READ MORE

April 06, 2017

Scientists engineer cane to produce 13 percent oil, more sugar

BY Claire Benjamin, Steve Long Lab A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois has proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also produced more sugar. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

EU calls for clampdown on unsustainable palm oil imports

BY The European Parliament On April 4 the European Parliament voted 640 to 18 to pass a resolution to introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU, in order to counter the impacts of unsustainable palm oil production, particularly in Southeast Asia. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

California ethanol mill to build novel biodiesel refinery on-site

BY Ron KotrbaPixley, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels has received a notice of proposed award from the CEC to help fund construction of a supercritical biodiesel plant on-site. Calgren Renewable Fuels is working with technology company Jatrodiesel Inc. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

California appellate court hears oral arguments in Poet LCFS case

BY Celia DuBose, the California Biodiesel Alliance California's 5th District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments March 23 in the case of Poet vs. California Air Resources Board pertaining to the LCFS. The case is now in the hands of the court, which should render a decision in the next 90 days. READ MORE

April 04, 2017

More Iowa fuel retailers carrying higher blends of biodiesel

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board A new state government report shows more than half of Iowa’s fuel retailers carried biodiesel in 2016, increasing six percent over 2015. The report showed twice as many gallons of 11 to 20 percent biodiesel (B11-B20) were sold than of lower blends. READ MORE

April 03, 2017

EIA releases US biodiesel production, import data for January

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released its data on biodiesel production and import volumes for January. U.S. production of biodiesel in the first month of 2017 was 93 million gallons. January imports approached 22 million gallons. READ MORE

April 03, 2017

Biodiesel plant manager launches petition to reform US tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaPhillip Harden, a biodiesel plant manager in Mississippi, is doing his part to bring attention to the need for reinstating the expired $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, and for reforming the incentive so that only domestic producers are eligible. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Spectro Scientific granted US, Australian patents

BY Spectro Scientific Spectro Scientific was awarded U.S. patent 9,448,112 B2 for a method to measure two key vehicle fluids. The patent for multifunctional fluid meter and method for measuring coolant, biodiesel, gas-ethanol and DEF has also been granted in Australia. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

US Coachways donations to Nat'l Biodiesel Foundation hit $15,000

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation In March, US Coachways’ generous donations to the National Biodiesel Foundation reached the milestone total of $15,000. The NBF works across the U.S. to create markets and expand support for biodiesel as an alternative, renewable fuel source. READ MORE

March 28, 2017

8 biodiesel, 4 renewable diesel LCFS pathways certified in March

BY Ron KotrbaCalifornia Air Resources Board recently released a set of carbon intensity (CI) pathways for fuels certified under the readopted LCFS. Eighteen pathways have been certified in March, including eight for biodiesel and four for renewable diesel. READ MORE

March 28, 2017

Agenda announced for 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop

BY BBI International The 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, has released its agenda featuring more than 140 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The conference will take place June 19-21 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

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

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