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December 05, 2019

Village of Carol Stream, Illinois, commits to clean air with B20

BY The Illinois Soybean Association The village of Carol Stream, Illinois, is a new member of the B20 Club, a partnership between the ISA checkoff program and the ALA, in recognition of the municipality’s work to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for its residents. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Greasezilla FOG separation tech to be installed in SE Virginia

BY Greasezilla Greasezilla announced Dec. 3 it has been selected by Hampton Roads Sanitation District to provide the most cost-effective and ecologically sound FOG (fats, oils and grease) separation technology for the Nansemond Treatment Plant in Suffolk, Virginia. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Iowa governor directs agencies to buy diesels with B20 support

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board The state of Iowa once again leads by example, with Gov. Kim Reynolds issuing an executive order Dec. 3 requiring state agencies to purchase diesel engines and vehicles with manufacturer support for at least a 20 percent blend of biodiesel (B20). READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Evonik to expand sodium methylate capacity in Rosario, Argentina

BY Ron KotrbaChemical company Evonik will increase its production capacity for the biodiesel catalyst sodium methylate at its Rosario/Santa Fe facility in Argentina from 60,000 to 90,000 metric tons. The increased capacity will be built out in two stages. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Neste, Mantsinen Group to combat social exclusion among youth

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable diesel producer Neste and crane maker Mantsinen Group are working together to tackle social exclusion of impoverished youths living in developed countries. One in five children in developed countries lives in poverty, according to UNICEF. READ MORE

December 02, 2019

Evonik focuses on additives for plastics, rubber recycling

BY Evonik Corp. Evonik is engaged in R&D work to come up with solutions for recycling plastics and rubber. One aspect of this includes using alkoxides, which function as a catalyst in biodiesel production, to break down PET bottles into monomers. READ MORE

November 27, 2019

NBB asks EPA to properly account for small refinery exemptions

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB submitted comments on the U.S. EPA’s supplemental proposal for the 2020 RFS. NBB urges EPA to properly account for small refinery exemptions, address the remand of the 2016 standards and increase the 2021 biomass-based diesel volume. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

Ohio company TestOil offers new biodiesel content analysis test

BY Ron KotrbaOhio-based oil analysis company TestOil announced Nov. 25 a new test to determine the biodiesel content in conventional diesel fuel. The test was developed in response to requests by industrial customers. TestOil offers same-day results for the test. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

Western Iowa Energy seeds Monarch Fueling Station

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Plant employees recently conducted a dormant seeding of WIE’s Monarch Fueling Station. The seeding included native grasses and other plants that attract pollinators, including milkweed—the only plant on which monarch butterflies can lay their eggs. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Infographic shows origins of Germany’s biodiesel, HVO feedstocks

BY UFOP An annual report published by Germany’s Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) provides information on the origins of biomass raw materials, including waste oils and fats. UFOP has illustrated this information in the associated infographic. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Rep. Escobar to visit Rio Valley Biofuels plant in El Paso, Texas

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, co-sponsor of the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act (H.R. 2089), is scheduled to visit Rio Valley Biofuels, a biodiesel production facility in El Paso, Texas, on Nov. 26. Escobar serves Texas’ 16th District. READ MORE

November 22, 2019

American GreenFuels’ biodiesel earns UL environmental validations

BY American GreenFuels LLC American GreenFuels announced Nov. 21 that its biodiesel has achieved two Underwriters Laboratories environmental claim validations for recycled content and byproduct synergy. The company will relaunch its You Are What You Heat campaign this year. READ MORE

November 20, 2019

NBB elects new governing board, chair to lead association

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomed its membership for the organization’s annual fall meeting, Nov. 18-20, in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, NBB members elected representatives from the industry to serve on and lead the governing board. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

NBB members meet with 88 Capitol Hill offices on tax incentive

BY The National Biodiesel Board Nearly 100 National Biodiesel Board members gathered in the nation’s capital Nov. 19 to meet with 88 congressional offices and discuss the status of the biodiesel tax incentive. The meetings are part of NBB’s fall member meeting in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

GREEN Act includes extension, phaseout of biodiesel tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaRep. Mike Thompson, chairman of a House Ways and Means subcommittee, released a discussion draft of the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now Act, which includes a multiyear extension and eventual phaseout of the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

Free Biodiesel Magazine 2020 outlook webinar Nov. 20 at 2 pm C

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine’s 2020 Editorial Preview webinar, free to all attendees, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 2:00 pm Central time. Presenting on the webinar will be Ron Kotrba, editor, and John Nelson, vice president of marketing and sales. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Azelio, Biodico partner for solar, wind power at biofuel units

BY Azelio Azelio has signed an MOU with Biodico to supply solar and wind power for a project in Atascadero, California. The project is expected to become operational in 2021 as a showcase for Biodico’s modular biodiesel and renewable natural gas systems. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

HollyFrontier to build renewable diesel unit at Navajo refinery

BY HollyFrontier Corp. Oil company HollyFrontier announced plans to build a new, $350 million renewable diesel production unit at its Navajo refinery in Artesia, New Mexico. The unit will be capable of producing 125 MMgy and is expected to be complete in early 2022. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Construction of first D3MAX plant nears completion

BY BBI International Construction of the first commercial-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin, is nearly complete. D3MAX is a technology firm formed by BBI International to license its patented cellulosic ethanol technology to U.S. and Canadian plants. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

BTG, GoodFuels explore options for joint biorefinery investment

BY Biomass Technology Group Biomass Technology Group is setting up a new technology company for converting crude pyrolysis oil into diesel fuel suitable for the shipping sector. It will be the first refinery in the world for an advanced marine biofuel based on pyrolysis oil. READ MORE

November 15, 2019

3 Chicagoland fleets using B20 rank among 2019’s Top Green Fleets

BY The Illinois Soybean Association Three Chicago-area fleets rank among the nation’s 25 Top Green Fleets of 2019. Fleets receiving this national recognition are Village of Arlington Heights, Village of Oak Park and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. All three use B20. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

140-plus biodiesel stakeholders ask Congress to act on tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board, its member companies, allied trade associations and industry partners sent a letter Nov. 14 to House and Senate leaders, urging them to extend the expired biodiesel tax incentive before the end of the year. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Indiana biodiesel producer falls victim to US policy uncertainty

BY Ron KotrbaIntegrity Biofuels, a 6.4 MMgy multifeedstock biodiesel production facility in Morristown, Indiana, is the latest victim of congressional inaction on the lapsed biodiesel tax credit and an administration whose EPA is undermining the rule of law. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

66 industry associations ask Congress to act on tax extenders

BY Ron KotrbaA diverse group of 66 different trade associations representing industries as wide-ranging as realty, veterinary medicine, biofuels and railroads sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Nov. 11 asking them to act on a tax extenders package. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

Malaysian hotel group partners for conversion of UCO to biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaSunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group, announced a partnership Nov. 12 with FatHopes Energy to recycle its used cooking oil into biodiesel. Six of Sunway’s Malaysian properties are participating. READ MORE

November 12, 2019

New report demonstrates importance of biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board released a new report Nov. 12, titled, “The Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit,” showing how the emerging biodiesel industry relies on the combined values of the tax credit and RIN credits to compete with diesel fuel. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Midwest senators submit comments on EPA’s RFS waiver proposal

BY The Office of Sen. Deb Fischer Seven U.S. senators submitted comments to the Federal Register regarding the EPA’s supplemental rule on RFS. In individual letters to Wheeler they expressed concerns about how the agency plans to calculate reallocation of gallons lost to SREs. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

40 House Democrats urge Pelosi, Neal to pass biodiesel tax credit

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer U.S. Reps. Abby Finkenauer and Kendra Horn led a Democratic caucus letter to House leadership urging action on extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The lawmakers are asking for extensions of the biodiesel and other biofuel-related tax credits. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

REG commits to profitability with or without BTC in Q3 financials

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG released its Q3 financial results Nov. 5. Revenues for the third quarter were $584.4 million on 187.5 million gallons of fuel sold. Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter was $10.6 million compared to $39.4 million in the third quarter of 2018. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

SeQuential finalizes expansion, increases biodiesel production

BY Ron KotrbaSeQuential, the Oregon-based biodiesel producer in operation since 2005, has completed an expansion at its Salem plant increasing production capacity by 30 percent. The current run-rate of the plant is more than 1 million gallons a month. READ MORE

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