Biodiesel Distribution

July 31, 2019

EU tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel welcomed with caution

BY Ron KotrbaThe EU Commission recently decided to introduce temporary countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Indonesia. Germany’s UFOP warns that a slowdown of imports must not lead to European biodiesel producers using palm oil as feedstock instead. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

Australian biodiesel plant reopens under new ownership

BY Ron KotrbaThe former Australian Renewable Fuels plant in Barnawatha, Victoria, a 13.2 MMgy biodiesel facility, has restarted operations under the new ownership of Just Biodiesel Pty Ltd. ARF shut down the plant and filed bankruptcy more than three years ago. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

First REG fueling station opens in Seneca, Illinois

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Construction on the around-the-clock, fully-automated station began earlier this year. Diesel customers from trucking fleets to local diesel vehicle owners will be able to fill up with biodiesel-blended fuel to conveniently reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Commerce dept. gives Argentina break at expense of US producers

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s Fair Trade Coalition criticized the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision in a review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. If finalized, duties will be lowered significantly. 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 28, 2019

Victory Renewables opens biodiesel blending facility in Kansas

BY Ron KotrbaAn open house was held June 25 in Garden City, Kansas, to celebrate Victory Renewables’ new biodiesel blending facility. The site stores both diesel and biodiesel fuels, allowing suppliers to load biodiesel in concentrations of 5 to 100 percent. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Sapp Bros. opens new biodiesel blending facility in Sioux City

BY MEG Corp. Sapp Bros. is celebrating the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal located in Sioux City, Iowa, with an open house June 13. Media representatives are invited to the open house to learn more about the new blending infrastructure. READ MORE

May 29, 2019

German biodiesel exports rose substantially in Q1 2019

BY UFOP In the first three months of 2019, German exports of biodiesel surged around 33 percent to 581,248 metric tons, or approximately 175 million gallons, year-on-year. Around 87 percent of these exports were shipped to EU-28 countries. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Heavy-duty diesels deliver climate benefits along with freight

BY The Diesel Technology Forum The future for diesel technologies in freight transportation is bright, even as alternatives enter the market, thanks to improving efficiency, even lower emissions, advanced biofuel capabilities and unique combination of value for moving freight. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Air BP, Neste offer biojet fuel at airports in Sweden, France

BY Air BP Air BP announced it is offering sustainable aviation fuel to general and business aviation customers and aircraft manufacturers at Stockholm Arlanda airport in Sweden and Caen Carpiquet airport in France. The biojet fuel is produced by Neste Corp. 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 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

April 25, 2019

Iowa legislature funds another year of blender pump program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, commonly referred to as the state’s blender pump program, provides cost-share grants to Iowa retailers wishing to upgrade fueling infrastructure to offer E15, E85 and/or biodiesel blends. 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 18, 2019

Neste expands partnership with city of Oakland, California

BY Ron KotrbaNeste announced an expanded partnership with the city of Oakland, California, in which waste oil from the city is being collected and shipped overseas to Singapore for processing into renewable diesel, after which Neste will ship the biofuel back. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

As German imports spike, UFOP fears add’l pressure from Indonesia

BY UFOP Biodiesel imports to Germany rose sharply in 2018 triggered by overabundant supply from Argentina. UFOP fears that a similar development will take place after the EU Commission’s ongoing antisubsidy proceedings against Indonesia have been concluded. 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

February 28, 2019

EU biodiesel imports double 2016-’17, nearly triple 2017-’18

BY UFOP After the antidumping tariffs on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia were suspended, European imports showed a steep rise. In previous years, biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia only played a secondary role, but this has changed. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

Senators push for transparency in Argentina subsidy review

BY The National Biodiesel Board In a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 14 senators, the legislators ask the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop a complete record of Argentina’s biodiesel trade actions before determining whether revisiting the U.S. duties is warranted. 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 20, 2019

Germany’s foreign trade of biodiesel at record level

BY UFOP The German Federal Statistical Office has confirmed Germany’s brisk foreign trade of biodiesel. The total volume amounted to around 3 million metric tons (approximately 900.6 million gallons), with imports showing a striking growth. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Universal Biofuels expands sales to retail stations in India

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis announced that Universal Biofuels has built distribution tanks and other infrastructure to begin sales of biodiesel to retail fuel stations from its Kakinada, India, plant. The government recently approved retail sale of biodiesel in India. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Biodiesel, renewable diesel set to replace petro diesel in Calif.

BY The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stated goal of eliminating petroleum diesel emissions in California by 2030 is achievable through the growth in the market for clean, sustainable diesels, according to a new report from the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Minn. grant funding available for biofuel blending infrastructure

BY Ron KotrbaThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has opened the application process for biofuel blending infrastructure grant funding under its Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program. The deadline for submission is 4:00 pm Central time April 5. 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

February 04, 2019

UFOP: EU oilseed producers lose in Argentina imports settlement

BY UFOP Germany's UFOP says European oilseed producers are the losers in the Jan. 30 decision of the Trade Defense Instruments Committee meeting. UFOP criticizes approval of the Argentine government's proposal for a so-called price undertaking agreement. READ MORE

February 01, 2019

EBB welcomes antisubsidy duties, price undertaking agreement

BY The European Biodiesel Board During an EU Trade Defense Committee meeting member states’ representatives discussed and approved antisubsidy duties against Argentinean imports of biodiesel. A price undertaking agreement between the EU and Argentine producers was also approved. 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 10, 2019

EIA proposes changes to biofuel reporting requirements

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking public comments on several changes it intends to make within its Petroleum Supply Reporting System, including those related to data collection on biofuels. Comments are due Feb. 25. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

In Depth: The Perpetually Expanding Veteran Startup

BY Ron KotrbaArmed with a scrappy, do-it-yourself attitude, New Leaf Biofuel’s success is a testament to its—and the biodiesel industry’s—perseverance. READ MORE