Biodiesel Business

September 06, 2018

UK biodiesel producer Greenergy makes major int'l investments

BY Ron KotrbaU.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy has just acquired Singapore-based used cooking oil exporter Rexon Energy. The acquisition comes less than two months after purchasing an idle biodiesel facility in Amsterdam from Oiltanking Amsterdam B.V. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Neste completes acquisition of Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter

BY Ron KotrbaNeste's acquisition of 51 percent of the shares and controlling interest in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, is now complete. The former owners remain co-owners and the new name of the company is Neste Demeter B.V. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

Pacific Biodiesel receives grant for equipment, facility upgrades

BY Ron KotrbaPacific Biodiesel has received grant funding from the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. to help reimburse recent facility upgrades and equipment purchases at its biodiesel plant on the big island of Hawaii and waste oil collection center on Oahu. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

Several RIN, tax credit fraud cases move through courts in August

BY Ron KotrbaThree biodiesel-related cases have made justice department headlines in August, including an indictment against Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy executives for allegedly scheming to file more than $500 million in false tax credit claims. 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 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 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

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

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

Opinion: 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 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 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 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 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

July 18, 2018

Neste aims to use waste plastic for fuels, new plastic production

BY Neste Corp. Neste is exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a raw material for fossil refining. The company aims to proceed to industrial-scale trial in 2019. Its target is to process more than 1 million tons of waste plastic a year by 2030. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

REG Ultra Clean Diesel powers Incredible Adventures fleet

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG announced a supply agreement July 11 with Dogpatch Biofuels to provide REG Ultra Clean Diesel—a proprietary, patent-pending blend of biodiesel and renewable diesel—to the bus fleet of Incredible Adventures, a leading adventure travel company. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

Bridgeport Biodiesel retains M&A specialist Equity Partners HG

BY Equity Partners HG Bridgeport Biodiesel 2 LLC, a fully permitted, commercial-scale biodiesel refinery with a capacity of 13 MMgy, has retained Equity Partners HG to find an investor or buyer for the company. The plant is just 50 miles north of New York City. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

Colo. business owners indicted for $7M biodiesel tax credit fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice Matthew Taylor and Martin Fields owned businesses in Colorado and New Jersey and allegedly conspired with the owner of a Colorado-based home heating oil business, Shintan Inc., to file more than $7 million in false tax credit claims with the IRS. READ MORE

June 21, 2018

Attis Industries acquires clean technology licensing business

BY Attis Industries Inc. Attis Industries closed on a series of transactions with GreenShift Corp., resulting in its acquisition of an 80 percent stake in Flux Carbon LLC, a new joint venture company that holds the rights to an expansive portfolio of clean technologies. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

National Biodiesel Board hires 2 to communications positions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomes two key additions to its communications staff team this week, announcing new Director of Communications Kaleb Little and Director of Public Affairs and Federal Communications Paul Winters, formerly with BIO. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

NJ producer pleads guilty to releasing wastewater into sound

BY U.S. Department of Justice An Elizabeth, New Jersey, biodiesel producer—Fuel Bio One LLC—pleaded guilty to discharging more than 45,000 gallons of wastewater from its commercial plant into the Arthur Kill, a narrow waterway that separates New Jersey from Staten Island. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Targray opens Minn. biodiesel distribution center in Twin Cities

BY Targray Targray announced the opening of its Minnesota biodiesel distribution center, serving the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. The new biodiesel terminal will help address the rapid growth in regional demand for biodiesel in the Twin Cities. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Neste to acquire majority control of Dutch animal fat trader

BY Neste Corp. Neste, a producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues, and animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V. have agreed that Neste acquires sole control and 51 percent of the shares of IH Demeter B.V., making Neste the controlling shareholder. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Benefuel advances modular plant engineering with support from BIC

BY Ron KotrbaBioindustrial Innovation Canada has approved a project with Benefuel through BIC's COMM SCI initiative program. The purpose of the project is to support a front-end engineering design study for Benefuel's modular 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Ontario. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Sapp Bros. opens another biodiesel blending terminal in Nebraska

BY Ron KotrbaSapp Bros., owner of 17 travel plazas and more than 30 wholesale locations across the U.S., celebrated the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal in Columbus, Nebraska, May 24. Last August Sapp Bros. opened a terminal in Norfolk, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

Opinion: Industry Innovations

BY Ron KotrbaIn his Editor's Note from the Spring 2018 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the nature of editors' notes, the Spotlight feature in this latest edition of the magazine, and the need to sometimes step back. READ MORE