October 05, 2018

Baseball teams knock it out of the park with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Sports fans nationwide are celebrating sustainable practices this weekend as Oct. 6 marks Green Sports Day. Ballparks throughout the country are recycling used cooking oil into clean-burning biodiesel, which reduces carbon emissions by 80 percent. READ MORE

October 04, 2018

Keystone Biofuels director pleads guilty to biodiesel tax fraud

BY Ron KotrbaDavid Tielle, business development director of Pennsylvania-based Keystone Biofuels, pleaded guilty Oct. 3 in federal court to one count of conspiring to defraud the IRS, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He faces five years in prison. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

German biodiesel exports hit record high in first half of 2018

BY UFOP In the first half of 2018, German biodiesel exports climbed considerably. Demand from the U.S., Sweden and Austria increased sharply. Total exports surged more than 14 percent for the first six months of 2018 compared to the same time last year. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

EU biodiesel stakeholders urge commission to reconsider duties

BY Ron KotrbaAn important meeting of the Trade Defence Instruments Committee looms Oct. 3 at the European Commission, one for which European biodiesel advocates are calling on member states to raise the issue of reinstating tariffs on Argentine biodiesel. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

NATSO Alt Fuels Council unveils RFS RIN Management Service

BY NATSO Inc. NATSO and the Alternative Fuels Council launched a new RIN Management Service Oct. 1 designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program and manage their RINs. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

BDI-BioEnergy restructures to adapt to changing times, markets

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel technology firm BDI-BioEnergy International has recently completed organizational restructuring. Management tells Biodiesel Magazine that, as a result, it is better equipped for the future and to react more quickly to market changes. READ MORE

September 28, 2018

Biodiesel tax incentive extension receives bipartisan support

BY The National Biodiesel Board On Sept. 27 the National Biodiesel Board thanked 46 members of Congress—led by Rep. David Young, R-Iowa; and Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa—who voiced their strong support for a multiyear extension of the biodiesel tax incentive. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

10 years in, So. Carolina biodiesel producer expands, diversifies

BY Ron KotrbaWinnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuel, formerly known as Midlands Biofuels, has acquired an idle 40 MMgy biodiesel plant in Warrenville, South Carolina. The 10-year-old company is rapidly expanding and diversifying its offerings. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

Hero BX acquires biodiesel facility in Clinton, Iowa

BY Hero BX The former Clinton County Biodiesel facility in Clinton, Iowa, is officially under new ownership. Lake Erie Biofuels, dba Hero BX, purchased the assets of the facility from Tenaska Commodities LLC, an affiliate of Tenaska Inc., on Sept. 21. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

Escalating trade war will increase damage to US soybean farmers

BY The American Soybean Association The administration's decision to impose 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports—and China's subsequent retaliation on $60 billion of U.S. products—deepens and prolongs the trade war between the two countries. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

EPA updates RFS data to include refinery exemptions, RIN prices

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA has updated its Renewable Fuel Standard public data web pages to include the number of small refinery exemption petitions received, approved and denied each compliance year; and the weekly average price and volume of RINs traded. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Exploring Biodiesel series adds 2 new dates, venues

BY Ron KotrbaPreviously dubbed "Five Cities, One Vision," the Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) regional seminar series has added two new cities to its coast-to-coast tour—Newport, Rhode Island, on Sept. 24; and Syracuse, New York, on Sept. 27. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Pacific Biodiesel subsidiary launches natural sunscreen product

BY Ron KotrbaA wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel, Maiden Hawaii Naturals, has introduced Kuleana Sunscreen, a natural, reef-safe product. Made from plant-based oils, minerals and other natural ingredients, the sunscreen contains no harmful chemicals. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

'Next Gen Scientists for Biodiesel' program selects 2 new leaders

BY The National Biodiesel Board Shyam Paudel, a Ph.D. candidate at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and William Gray, a chemical engineering undergraduate at Rowan University, have been selected to help lead the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

World Energy, United launch longest transatlantic biofuels flight

BY World Energy LLC Renewable jet fuel producer World Energy announced its participation in United Airlines’ biofuel flight from San Francisco International Airport to Zurich Airport Sept. 14. The United Boeing 787 will be powered by a 30 percent blend of biojet fuel. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

Iowa Biodiesel Board elects leaders at regional annual meeting

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa biodiesel producer Tom Brooks of Western Dubuque Biodiesel will serve a third term as chair of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. The directors elected officers during the IBB and Nat'l Biodiesel Board Regional Annual Meeting Sept. 12-13 in Des Moines. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

Biodiesel demand in Germany up despite drop in diesel consumption

BY UFOP Germany's consumption of on-road diesel fuel and gasoline in the first half of 2018 was lower than in the same period in 2017, but the use of biodiesel and ethanol saw a significant rise. From January through June, biodiesel use was up 11 percent. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

NBB celebrates 10 years in green office space with ceremony

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB celebrated 10 years in its current Jefferson City, Missouri, office Sept. 10 and commemorated a decade of growth and milestones with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site, which was previously vacant and remodeled 10 years ago. READ MORE

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

September 05, 2018

Arkansas biologist receives grant to improve biofuel production

BY The University of Arkansas NSF grant recipient Ruben Michael Ceballos, a biologist at the University of Arkansas, will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the process of turning organic material into fuel. 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 30, 2018

Swiss authorities nix Neste biojet fuel project at Geneva Airport

BY Ron KotrbaThe Swiss authorities have decided not to commit to a biojet fuel project with Neste Corp. announced last year, which would have replaced 1 percent of the conventional jet fuel used at Geneva Airport with renewable jet fuel made by Neste. 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 23, 2018

Senators urge EPA to boost RFS volumes, account for exemptions

BY Ron KotrbaA group of 39 U.S. senators is urging the U.S. EPA to increase volume obligations for biodiesel and overall advanced biofuels while also advising the agency to ensure any small refiner economic hardship exemptions are appropriately accounted for. READ MORE

August 22, 2018

National Biodiesel Board hires new communications manager

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomes a new addition, Communications Manager Samantha Turner, to its staff this week. Turner comes to NBB from Monsanto, where she served as the food and nutrition engagement communications manager. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

NBB shows US EPA higher 2020 biodiesel volumes are achievable

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2020, urging the EPA to increase volumes in both categories in the final RFS rule and to fully account for exemptions. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

Opinion: Inspiration Moves Me

BY Ron KotrbaIn his Editor's Note from the Summer 2018 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine, Editor Ron Kotrba discusses the contents of the latest edition and how the stories came to be. 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 16, 2018

NBB asks Farm Bill conferees to support biodiesel programs

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to leaders of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, reiterating the industry's strong support for passage of a new five-year Farm Bill that includes funding for programs that support biodiesel. READ MORE