Biodiesel Business

March 03, 2020

Colorado fraudster sentenced for biodiesel tax credit scheme

BY U.S. Department of Justice Colorado resident Matthew Taylor was sentenced to 83 months in prison Feb. 28 for his role in a biodiesel tax credit fraud scheme that bilked the U.S. government out of more than $7 million between 2010 and 2013. Taylor was indicted in June 2018. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Diamond Green Diesel enters terminal lease agreement with IMTT

BY Darling Ingredients Inc. Norco, Louisiana-based renewable diesel producer Diamond Green Diesel has entered into a long-term lease agreement with International-Matex Tank Terminals, which will allow DGD access and use of IMTT’s St. Rose terminal as a logistics hub. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

EcoEngineers opens California office, hires Hartley from Agron

BY Ron KotrbaEcoEngineers has opened a new office in California to capitalize on the need for compliance, auditing and regulatory services in the western carbon markets, where growth in low-carbon fuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel and biogas is booming. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Sens. Ernst, Grassley urge IRS to pay BTC claims quickly

BY Ron KotrbaSens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa are urging the Internal Revenue Service to quickly process 2018-’19 biodiesel tax credit (BTC) claims after Congress reinstated the incentive retroactively from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2022. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

IRS revises Form 8849 Schedule 3 for 2018-’19 BTC claims

BY Ron KotrbaOn Feb. 14 the IRS issued a revised Form 8849 Schedule 3 necessary to file claims for the $1 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit for 2018 and 2019. The IRS issued guidance Jan. 15 on the special one-time claim procedure. READ MORE

February 17, 2020

Biodiesel Production Technology Summit abstract deadline extended

BY BBI International The deadline to submit speaker presentation abstracts for the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit in Minneapolis June 15-17 has been extended. Abstracts are now being accepted through Feb. 21. Submit your idea at biodieseltechnologysummit.com. READ MORE

February 13, 2020

Forge secures Shell investment for Ontario renewable diesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaForge Hydrocarbons secured an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, which will help build a 28.4 MMly renewable diesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, Canada, at a cost of CAD$30 million. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Saola Energy, NextChem partner for int’l renewable diesel venture

BY Ron KotrbaNextChem of Italy and Kansas-based Saola Energy have formed a partnership to license renewable diesel technology to the international market. NextChem will be the licensor of the combined technology and provide clients with EPC services and training. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

Delta agrees to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from NWABF

BY Delta Building on its $2 million investment for an ongoing feasibility study with Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, Delta has entered into one of the largest airline offtake agreements of its kind to purchase sustainable aviation fuel, if produced, from NWABF. READ MORE

February 04, 2020

Abstract deadline for new biodiesel technology event approaching

BY BBI International The Feb. 14 deadline for submitting presentation ideas to speak at the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit taking place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020, is approaching. Submit your abstract today at biodieseltechnologysummit.com. READ MORE

February 04, 2020

Industry veterans introduce BTC bridge loan funding for producers

BY Rock House Advisors and PB Renewables Joe Jobe of Rock House Advisors and Peter Behrle of PB Renewables are making bridge loan funding available for biodiesel producers expecting IRS refunds so they don’t have to wait months for their 2018 and 2019 biodiesel tax credit refunds. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

HollyFrontier picks HydroFlex tech for renewable diesel process

BY Ron KotrbaHollyFrontier announced it has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex process technology for production of renewable diesel at its Navajo refinery in Artesia, New Mexico. The 125 MMgy project is expected to cost $350 million and be operating in early 2022. READ MORE

January 24, 2020

2020 Eye on Biodiesel winners showcase an image of success

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to biodiesel. The commercial biodiesel industry wouldn’t be where it is today without them. Here are the 2020 recipients. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Phillips 66, REG cancel Washington renewable diesel project

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Phillips 66 and REG are discontinuing their joint effort to construct a large-scale renewable diesel plant in Ferndale, Washington, the companies announced Jan. 21. The project has been canceled due to permitting delays and uncertainties. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

President Trump signs Phase 1 trade agreement with China

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Trump signed the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China Jan. 15, a move expected to deescalate trade tensions between the two countries while reopening key markets for U.S. farmers. Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans remain in place. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

Diamond Oil Co. receives biodiesel award from Iowa ag secretary

BY FUELIowa Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented Elliott Oil Co. of Ottumwa and Diamond Oil Company Inc. of Des Moines with the 2020 Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards at the FUELIowa annual meeting in Des Moines Jan. 14. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

In Depth: Coming Full Circle

BY Ron KotrbaCelebrating 25 years, the Hawaii-based company that has built biodiesel plants across the U.S. and Japan has gone back to its roots, focusing on sustainability and local energy independence for the archipelago. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Opinion: A Vision for Biodiesel

BY Donnell Rehagen The theme this year for the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is Vision 2020, and it is fitting for many reasons. First, it’s critical that any industry have a clear and complete vision of what it wants to accomplish. READ MORE

December 11, 2019

UK biodiesel maker Greenergy no longer suspect in investigation

BY Ron KotrbaU.K.-based biodiesel producer and midstream oil company Greenergy announced Dec. 11 that the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office has advised that the company and its employees are no longer suspects in an ongoing investigation first announced in May. 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

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 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 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 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

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 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 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

Pacific Biodiesel makes first B100 delivery to Hamakua Energy

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies LLC Pacific Biodiesel Technologies made its first delivery of biodiesel Nov. 4 to the Hamakua Energy power generation facility on Hawaii Island as part of the biodiesel supply contract the company signed last month with the Pacific Current subsidiary. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Oil Heat Institute of RI rebrands to reflect evolving market

BY The Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island The Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island has changed its name to the Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island. The trade group’s board of directors voted in favor of the change at its monthly meeting held Oct. 16 at Maria’s Cocina in Providence. READ MORE