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June 04, 2020

Oil refinery retrofit secures $365 million in capital partnership

BY Ron KotrbaOrion Energy Partners, GCM Grosvenor and Voya Investment Management have formed a capital partnership worth $365 million with Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, which plans to retrofit an existing Southern California oil refinery to make renewable diesel. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of CAA regulations

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released a proposal June 4 that will require all future significant regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act to be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis. The Renewable Fuel Standard is among the programs likely to be impacted. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Iowa Legislature extends fuel tax incentive for biodiesel blends

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Originally enacted in 2015, the successful policy has increased the number of retailers carrying biodiesel in Iowa almost threefold, improving availability for consumers while contributing to the state’s economy, including hard-hit farmers. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

Renewable diesel drives growth in biomass-based diesel imports

BY The U.S. Energy Information Administration U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel grew 26 percent in 2019 to more than 27,000 barrels per day, ending two years in a row of decline. Imports increased in 2019 because of the increase in renewable diesel imports from Singapore. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

HollyFrontier to convert Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel

BY HollyFrontier Corp. HollyFrontier Corp. announced June 1 that its board of directors has approved a plan to convert the Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel production and to construct a pretreatment unit (PTU) located at the Artesia refinery. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

April RIN generation down 62 percent from same month last year

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released updated RIN generation data, reporting that 1.05 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in April, down from 2.74 billion during the same period last year. The decrease is attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

LanzaTech forms LanzaJet with investments from Suncor, Mitsui

BY LanzaTech LanzaTech has launched LanzaJet, a new company to produce sustainable aviation fuel. Suncor Energy of Canada and Mitsui & Co. of Japan are investing a total of $25 million to establish the new venture. Jimmy Samartzis has joined as CEO of LanzaJet. READ MORE

June 02, 2020

NBB asks US EPA for transparency on ‘gap’ SRE petitions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board delivered a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler asking that he disclose any small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions for RFS compliance years preceding 2019 that the agency received this year. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

US EPA completes RFS anti-backsliding study, proposes no actions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA issued a rulemaking May 29 proposing to determine that no additional appropriate fuel control measures are necessary to mitigate air quality impacts of required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Iowa legislature urged to reauthorize biofuel tax differentials

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association IRFA members are urging legislators to act on key bills. House File 2279 and Senate File 2403 would extend and modernize fuel tax differentials for E15 and higher ethanol blends and B11 and higher biodiesel blends, which are set to expire June 30. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Oregon DEQ releases timeline for Clean Fuels Program expansion

BY Erin VoegeleThe Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced this month it has submitted detailed information to Gov. Kate Brown on how it plans to carry out her March 10 executive order that set a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

WDB ‘running like gangbusters,’ implements distancing measures

BY Ron Kotrba“We had to make changes to how we load trucks, and how we deal with drivers and even our own employees,” said Tom Brooks, general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa. “A lot of changes have been made because of the coronavirus.” READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Modernizing US truck fleet should be key component of recovery

BY The Diesel Technology Forum As policymakers debate future economic stimulus packages as part of a COVID-19 recovery plan, suspending the federal excise tax through 2021 for new heavy-duty truck purchases will deliver immediate results to the U.S. economy and environment. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

FAO vegetable oil price index falls to 8-month low

BY UFOP The April FAO price index for vegetable oils slipped 7.2 points, or 5.2 percent, compared to the previous month, to 131.8 points. This was the lowest level since August 2019 and also the third decline in three months running. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Biofuel feedstock reimbursement act introduced in US Senate

BY Ron KotrbaLegislation was introduced May 19 in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar, which would provide assistance to biofuel producers adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout from the health crisis. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

ACE 2020 conference, ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with FEW

BY The American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol announced that its 33rd annual conference will be held Aug. 25 in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

51 additional stations in Finland carrying Neste renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaNeste is making its trademarked renewable diesel available to dozens of new fueling stations in Finland this spring. With 51 additional locations carrying the renewable fuel, approximately 120 stations across Finland will now carry the product. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

USDA accepting applications for HBIIP grants through Aug. 13

BY USDA USDA began accepting applications May 15 for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants for activities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. Online applications must be submitted by Aug. 13. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

US Supreme Court denies review of RFS point of obligation issue

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Supreme Court announced May 18 that it has denied a petition filed by Valero Energy asking the court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 18, 2020

2 biodiesel cold flow improvers pass new AGQM no-harm test

BY Ron KotrbaOnly two of seven additives tested passed AGQM’s new no-harm test for biodiesel cold flow improvers, and both are manufactured by Chimec. The new test procedure, developed by Germany’s AGQM, is called the No-Harm Test BDFI and consists of two parts. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

W2Fuel targets June startup for Michigan, Iowa biodiesel plants

BY Ron Kotrba“It’s frustrating, but we’re doing the best we can,” W2Fuel President and CEO Roy Strom told Biodiesel Magazine, referring to the coronavirus pandemic and how the crisis is affecting the restart of his two biodiesel plants in Michigan and Iowa. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Agenda for Biodiesel Production Technology Summit released

BY BBI International BBI International and Biodiesel Magazine are pleased to announce that the agenda for the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit, set to take place Aug. 24-26, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, has been released and is now available online. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

SCS Global Services approved as verification body for Calif. LCFS

BY SCS Global Services SCS Global Services has been approved by the California Air Resources Board as a verification body for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The company has received approval from CARB to conduct audits remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Estimates suggest European soybean planting up 11% year-on-year

BY UFOP The area in the EU-27 planted with legumes for the 2020 crop will presumably be up 9 percent at 2.5 million metric tons. Soybeans account for the largest hectarage and see the biggest increase in area relative to other legume crops. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

California refinery to be converted to produce renewable diesel

BY Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. Global Clean Energy Holdings has purchased an oil refinery in Bakersfield, California, for $40 million. The company plans to retool the refinery to produce renewable diesel. Startup of the retrofitted plant is expected to occur in late 2021. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

HEROES Act would provide COVID-19 relief payments to producers

BY Erin VoegeleA fourth COVID-19 stimulus package, the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act,” was introduced May 12 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill includes dedicated relief for biofuels producers. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

CVR Energy explores making renewable diesel to offset RIN costs

BY Erin VoegeleTexas-based oil refiner CVR Energy announced this month it is considering converting some of its refining units to renewable diesel production as a way to offset costs associated with Renewable Fuel Standard compliance. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

US farm, biofuel leaders petition Congress for COVID-19 relief

BY Fuels America America’s top biofuel and farm advocates, including the National Biodiesel Board and the American Soybean Association, called on legislative leaders to ensure the next round of COVID-19 relief does not overlook U.S. ethanol and biodiesel production. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Senators to Trump: Direct EPA to reject all calls to waive RFS

BY Ron KotrbaA bipartisan group of 24 U.S. senators, including Sens. Joni Ernst, Tina Smith, Chuck Grassley and Debbie Stabenow, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the EPA to swiftly reject recent petitions for a general waiver of the 2020 RFS. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Neste further expands feed supply chain via terminal acquisition

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable diesel producer Neste Corp. furthered expansion of its raw material supply chain through acquisition of the Dutch Count Companies BV’s Count Terminal Rotterdam BV and its supporting entities, part of the First Dutch Group of Peter Goedvolk. READ MORE

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