Biodiesel Business

July 17, 2019

Ocean Park advises on sale of Atlantic Biodiesel to Verbio

BY Ocean Park Advisors LLC Atlantic Biodiesel Corp. recently closed on the sale of its Canadian biodiesel plant to Verbio Diesel Canada Corp. Ocean Park acted as exclusive financial advisor to Atlantic Biodiesel on the transaction. The deal was first announced in May. READ MORE

July 14, 2019

Inside NBB: Ad Campaign Turns up the Volume on Biodiesel Impact

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s annual advertising campaign hit the airwaves in May with biodiesel education aimed to influence key decisionmakers on the many benefits of biodiesel. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

Opinion: Making Connections in Biodiesel

BY Donnell Rehagen Trade shows and conferences are in full swing, with industry professionals pouring in to talk about what the future has in store. With all the talk being about carbon reduction and cleaner emissions, the future means biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

EIA to update data reporting for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking a three-year extension with changes to its Petroleum Supply Reporting System. The proposed changes include those related to biofuels reporting. Comments are due July 24. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

5 MMgy Missouri biodiesel plant set for auction July 23

BY Ron KotrbaMaas Companies will auction Global Fuels’ 5 MMgy biodiesel plant located in Dexter, Missouri, July 23. The Global Fuels facility was built in 2007 and has since undergone a technology upgrade allowing use of feedstock with FFA content to 15 percent. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Renewable Energy Group joins Diesel Technology Forum

BY Ron KotrbaNorth America’s largest biodiesel producer, Renewable Energy Group Inc., has joined the Diesel Technology Forum, a nonprofit organization promoting the use of clean diesel technologies. REG has 14 active biorefineries across the U.S. and Europe. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

REG completes sale of Life Sciences assets to Genomatica

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced June 6 that it completed the sale of substantially all assets of REG Life Sciences to Genomatica on May 29. REG acquired the business in 2014 and advanced technology development with ExxonMobil and Clariant. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

More stable EU biodiesel policy helps Avril Group recover

BY Avril Group After two years marked by a contrasted economic situation in all its business lines and a context that remained difficult at the start of 2018, the Avril Group recorded a notable recovery in its activities during the second half of the year. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

Western Iowa Energy announces Monarch Fueling Station Project

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Western Iowa Energy announced May 29 it is moving forward with the establishment of a Monarch Fueling Station at its plant near Wall Lake. The monarch habitat will span roughly four acres. WIE will spray to eradicate nonnative grasses this June. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

BP to supply Next Renewable Fuels with renewable diesel feedstock

BY Next Renewable Fuels Inc. Next Renewable Fuels and BP Products North America have entered into a long-term feedstock supply agreement whereby Next will purchase approximately 13.2 million barrels per year of renewable feedstocks for its planned Oregon renewable diesel plant. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

SkyNRG to develop Europe’s first dedicated biojet fuel plant

BY Ron KotrbaSkyNRG announced May 27 it will develop Europe’s first dedicated sustainable aviation fuel production plant in Delfzijl, The Netherlands. The facility is being scaled to produce 100,000 metric tons of biojet fuel and 15,000 tons of bioLPG per year. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Aemetis wins large biodiesel contract with mining co. in India

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis announced May 20 that its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary was awarded a large ongoing supply contract for distilled biodiesel by a multisite mining company for use in dump trucks and other heavy diesel equipment at mines in India. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

High Plains Bioenergy rebrands as Seaboard Energy

BY Ron KotrbaHigh Plains Bioenergy and its biodiesel marketing division HPB Biodiesel Inc., subsidiaries of Seaboard Corp. and owner of two U.S. biodiesel plants, have changed names to Seaboard Energy Marketing Inc. Its biodiesel plant names have also changed. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

UK, Dutch authorities investigate biodiesel trading at Greenergy

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office confirmed the opening of a joint investigation with Dutch authorities regarding certain aspects of biodiesel trading at Greenergy and various third parties. Five sites were searched and four people were arrested. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

REG, Broco Oil Co. announce Bioheat partnership in Massachusetts

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. and Broco Oil Co. are partnering to provide cleaner fuel options to heating oil dealers in the Northeast. The companies are working together to provide a state-of-the-art blending facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

REG: Gallons sold up in Q1, buyer for Life Sciences identified

BY Erin VoegeleRenewable Energy Group released Q1 2019 results May 2, reporting a significant increase in biofuel gallons produced. REG also reported it has identified a buyer for its Life Sciences division and is working to expand renewable diesel capacity. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

German biofuel maker to buy Atlantic Biodiesel plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaA Canadian subsidiary of Germany-based Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG signed a contract May 2 to purchase Atlantic Biodiesel Corp.’s biodiesel production facility in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The plant is the former Great Lakes Biodiesel facility. READ MORE

April 29, 2019

Valero: Ethanol earnings down, renewable diesel sales up

BY Erin VoegeleValero Energy Corp. released first quarter 2019 financial results April 25, reporting significantly reduced income for its ethanol segment. The quarterly report was also the company’s first to address its newly established renewable diesel segment. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

Pacific Biodiesel founders obtain license to grow industrial hemp

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies Pacific Biodiesel Technologies and its founders Bob and Kelly King announced April 22 the development of Maui’s first state-licensed industrial hemp farm, operating under the Kings’ personal entity. The operation will be fully powered by biodiesel. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

Jury finds Keystone Biofuels owners guilty of fraud, false claims

BY U.S. Department of Justice Following a 14-day jury trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Keystone Biofuels owners Wootton and Miner were found guilty of making false statements to the EPA, conspiracy to defraud the IRS, and aiding the filing of a false claim with the IRS. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

Pacific Biodiesel eyes California as federal, local support wanes

BY Ron KotrbaAs the U.S. biodiesel sector pushes forward in an unsupportive federal environment, producers like Pacific Biodiesel find it necessary to operate outside their norm to continue operations. Pacific Biodiesel is considering shipping fuel to California. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Inside NBB: National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Fuels 2019 with Industry ‘Engagement’

BY The National Biodiesel Board America’s largest celebration of biodiesel returned to California in January for a record sixth visit. More than 800 biodiesel producers, distributors, retailers and other industry advocates gathered in San Diego to immerse themselves in biodiesel. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Air Liquide, Samsung Engineering partner for methanol plant study

BY Air Liquide Engineering & Construction Air Liquide Engineering & Construction is partnering with Samsung Engineering for the front-end engineering and design study of a methanol plant for Sarawak Petchem, a state-owned oil and gas firm owned by the government of Sarawak, Malaysia. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

Evonik creates new oil additives business line

BY Evonik Corp. The global chemical company Evonik is merging its specialty methacrylate monomers—the applications monomers product line—with its current oil additives business to become the new oil additives business line within the resource efficiency segment. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

5-track technical agenda announced for Int’l FEW in Indianapolis

BY BBI International The 2019 Int’l Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry’s largest conference, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and five comprehensive tracks. The event takes place June 10-12 in Indianapolis. READ MORE

March 11, 2019

Chicago Area Clean Cities to host Green Drives Conference May 16

BY Chicago Area Clean Cities Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition invites commercial and government fleets, community leaders and the public to attend its eighth annual Green Drives Conference & Expo May 16 in Naperville, Illinois. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

Construction begins in Illinois on REG’s 1st fueling station

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group held an open house March 1 in Seneca, Illinois, to celebrate the start of construction on the company’s first diesel fueling station. REG owns and operates a 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Seneca. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

REG to sell life sciences unit, confident BTC will be reinstated

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG announced its financial results for Q4 and all of 2018. In the release, CJ Warner, president and CEO, said she is confident Congress will reinstate the blenders tax credit. REG's board has also decided to pursue selling its life sciences unit. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

New life breathed into biodiesel tax credit on Capitol Hill

BY Ron KotrbaSens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden introduced the Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act of 2019 on Feb. 28. The questions for biodiesel producers and blenders now become whether this will make it to a floor vote, and how soon. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

XBX Exploring Biodiesel is back with 5 locations set for 2019

BY Ron KotrbaThe successful XBX Exploring Biodiesel regional seminar series that kicked off last year is back, with five free workshops in five different cities, starting March 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and wrapping up in Long Beach, California, this June. READ MORE