Biodiesel Business

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

February 25, 2019

Brazil’s ECB Group to build renewable diesel complex in Paraguay

BY Ron KotrbaA first-of-its-kind South American renewable diesel project has moved one step closer to construction. Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benítez and ECB Group President Erasmo Carlos Battistella met at Palacio de los López where an MOU was signed Feb 25. READ MORE

February 22, 2019

Rock House Advisors announces major expansion

BY Rock House Advisors Rock House Advisors, the business consulting firm founded by Joe Jobe—former longtime CEO of the National Biodiesel Board—is expanding. Mike Marsch has joined Rock House as senior vice president to further strengthen its leadership team. READ MORE

February 22, 2019

Targray opens European biodiesel trading desk in Geneva

BY Targray Part of a broader investment plan to meet demand for low-carbon fuels in the EU, the Geneva trading desk will leverage off Targray’s global franchise and in-house expertise to create differentiated value for biodiesel consumers throughout Europe. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Next Renewable Fuels, Shell enter long-term offtake agreement

BY Next Renewable Fuels Inc. Next Renewable Fuels and Shell Trading (US) Co. have entered a long-term purchase and sale agreement for renewable diesel from NRF’s planned Port Westward, Oregon, facility. The company plans to make 600 million gallons a year beginning in 2021. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

National Biodiesel Foundation elects new directors

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation The National Biodiesel Foundation elected three new directors to the board last week during the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo: Danielle Brannan, New Leaf Biofuels; Mike Devine, World Energy; and Chris Hill, American Soybean Association. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

Quick Oil Co. receives Iowa’s 2019 Biodiesel Marketing Award

BY Ron KotrbaIowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig awarded Quick Oil Co. with this year’s Biodiesel Marketing Award and Casey’s General Stores with the Ethanol Marketing Award. The awards were presented to the honorees at FUELIowa’s annual meeting Jan. 15. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

Shaw says Iowa renewable fuels are ‘hurting but hopeful’

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Between the fight for year-round E15, small-refinery exemptions and more, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw said at the 2019 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit that 2018 was his toughest year yet working for the industry. READ MORE

January 24, 2019

PMCI changes name to FUELIowa

BY FUELIowa PMCI has changed its name to FUELIowa. According to association representatives, the new branding strategy succinctly captures the important role played by independently owned local businesses that provide fuel for vehicles, equipment and heating. READ MORE