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August 17, 2018

NBB shows US EPA higher 2020 biodiesel volumes are achievable

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2020, urging the EPA to increase volumes in both categories in the final RFS rule and to fully account for exemptions. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

Opinion: Inspiration Moves Me

BY Ron KotrbaIn his Editor's Note from the Summer 2018 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine, Editor Ron Kotrba discusses the contents of the latest edition and how the stories came to be. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

Opinion: Go Big with Data, or Go …Out of Business?

BY Donna Funk As a CPA focused on the world of biofuels, it has become abundantly clear that energy will, sooner rather than later, be interconnected with massive computing power, data collection and storage capabilities—and will change how we all do business. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

NBB asks Farm Bill conferees to support biodiesel programs

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to leaders of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, reiterating the industry's strong support for passage of a new five-year Farm Bill that includes funding for programs that support biodiesel. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

ADM to acquire Brazilian oilseed facilities from Algar Agro

BY ADM Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced Aug. 16 that it has reached an agreement to purchase certain assets of Brazil-based Algar Agro, including oilseeds processing facilities in Uberlândia in the state of Minas Gerais, and Porto Franco in Maranhão. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Global soybean production in 2018-’19 could reach record level

BY UFOP The USDA has raised its forecast considerably for 2018-’19 U.S. soybean production, now expecting a bumper crop. USDA projects world soybean production in 2018-’19 at 367 million metric tons, up 30 million tons year-on-year. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

In Depth: On the Road Again—Legally

BY Ron KotrbaJust over a year ago the future of B20 in California was uncertain, thanks to in-use requirements of the Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation, but as we’ve seen so many times, the biodiesel industry shone in the face of adversity. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Argent Energy appoints Rietkerk CEO following Amsterdam deal

BY Argent Energy Rietkerk takes over leadership of Argent from the former managing director, Jim Walker, following the company's recent agreement to acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam. Rietkerk comes to Argent from Amsterdam Commodities, a trading firm in the Netherlands. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Suncor helps Vancouver city fleet transition to renewable diesel

BY The City of Vancouver The City of Vancouver has entered into a new fuel contract with Suncor. All of the city's diesel vehicles will transition to 100 percent renewable diesel, reducing emissions to 50 percent below 2007 levels by the end of next year. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Opinion: NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Prioritizes Biodiesel Fuel Quality

BY Jeff Hove Alternative fuels such as biodiesel represent an important growth opportunity for fuel marketers nationwide. But for many fuel retailers, myriad state and federal regulations and incentives for alternative fuels can be complex and overwhelming. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

Inside NBB: NBB Highlights Benefits of Biodiesel at Exclusive Ford Fleet Preview Event

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board was honored to have received an invitation from Ford Motor Co. to attend and exhibit at its exclusive, invitation-only Ford Fleet Preview and Pool Account Meeting at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

In Depth: Biodiesel Firestarter

BY Ron KotrbaFrom garage batches to nationwide distribution, Escogo exemplifies American ingenuity and determination as an underdog that took on the establishment and, against all odds, is winning. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

In Depth: Fuel Quality Focus

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spotlights three companies—an adsorbent manufacturer, a quality assurance firm and an additive maker—whose disparate fields converge on biodiesel to help ensure quality fuel in the marketplace. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Reflection on 120 years of diesel

BY Ezra Finkin Twenty years plus a full century ago, on Aug. 9, 1898, one of what would be a series of patents was issued to a French engineer living in Berlin for an efficient, slow burning, compression ignition, internal combustion engine. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Opinion: A Decade Deep: Positioned, Poised & Prospering

BY Jamie O’Brien Rocked by the financial collapse of 2008, the son of a Boston bus driver and plumber who had no commodity or trading experience, and just a high school education, took a chance on becoming an entrepreneur in the biodiesel space. And it paid off. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Inside NBB: Targeted Outreach Efforts Lay Foundation for Industry Growth

BY Donnell Rehagan As the national trade association representing the entire biodiesel value chain, the National Biodiesel Board continually strives to identify new opportunities to educate and engage stakeholders on the wide-ranging benefits of biodiesel. READ MORE

August 08, 2018

At 13 years old, the RFS is still vital policy

BY Ron KotrbaAug. 8 marks the 13th anniversary of what some say is the most successful U.S. energy policy, the Renewable Fuel Standard. Under RFS2, biodiesel started with a meager 500-million-gallon requirement in 2009 and has grown to 2.1 billion gallons today. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

Hero BX buys South Roxana, Illinois, biodiesel plant at auction

BY Ron KotrbaHero BX has just closed on purchasing the former Midwest Biodiesel Products facility located in South Roxana, Illinois, which was auctioned this summer by Maas Companies Inc. Hero BX plans to upgrade the facility and reopen it early next year. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

Environmental assessment results good for Velocys' Miss. project

BY Velocys plc The USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the environmental assessment report for Velocys' planned Mississippi biorefinery. The company plans to build a cellulosic diesel refinery using locally sourced woody biomass waste. READ MORE

August 06, 2018

REG triples adjusted EBITDA first half of year compared to 2017

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. released its second-quarter financials Aug. 6, and as CEO Randy Howard said, the company produced outstanding results in the first half of 2018, including tripling its EBITDA compared to the previous year. READ MORE

August 02, 2018

Wheeler: EPA to create public 'dashboard' on RFS waivers

BY Erin Voegele Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard, small refinery hardship waivers, Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15, and issues related to agency transparency during a Senate hearing Aug. 1. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

IRFA launches online resource for those seeking biodiesel experts

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Biodiesel Speakers Bureau is now live on the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website. It is a collection of biodiesel experts from across the state who share the goal of educating Iowans about the benefits of using biodiesel. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

Exploring Biodiesel series heads west to Los Angeles, Portland

BY Brian Davidson After a strong start in Boston and Philadelphia, the Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) Regional Seminars will head west to Los Angeles Aug. 7, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 9, and over to Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 18, for the final three stops of its five-city tour. READ MORE

July 30, 2018

Nat'l Biodiesel Board files opening brief challenging 2018 RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed an opening brief July 27 in its lawsuit objecting to U.S. EPA's methodology for establishing the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). NBB specifically disputes three issues with EPA's final RFS rule for 2018. READ MORE

July 26, 2018

Canada delays development of Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin Voegele The Canadian government has announced plans to delay implementation of its Clean Fuel Standard. Original plans called for development of the program regulations to be complete next year. That work is now expected to take until 2021. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

EPA finalizes RFS fuel pathways for distillers sorghum oil

BY Erin Voegele On July 24, the U.S. EPA published a notice qualifying distillers sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposal first came out in December. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

Missouri farmers break ground on Center for Soy Innovation

BY The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Missouri soybean farmers broke ground on a new building in western Jefferson City July 24, kicking off an 18-month project to develop the Center for Soy Innovation. Soybean farmers highlighted the need to be a resource for farmers and the community. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

USDA assists farmers impacted by China's retaliatory tariffs

BY USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced July 24 that the USDA will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. Specifically, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

Lebanese university to install biodiesel pilot plant on campus

BY Ron KotrbaThe Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon and IPT Energy Center signed an MOU in July to install a pilot biodiesel production plant fed by used cooking oil. The feedstock will come from households and will be collected at strategic locations. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

UK producer Argent Energy to acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam facility

BY Ron KotrbaU.K.-based Argent Energy Group, a subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Ltd., has reached an agreement under Argent Energy Netherlands B.V. to acquire Amsterdam-based Simadan Group's biodiesel production, tank storage and cleaning facilities. READ MORE

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