October 21, 2020

Owners of Keystone Biofuels sentenced on fraud conviction

BY Erin VoegeleTwo owners of Pennsylvania-based Keystone Biofuels Inc. on Oct. 20 were sentenced to prison for tax crimes and renewable fuels fraud. The two were found guilty of fraud and false claims during an April 2019 trial. READ MORE

October 21, 2020

Bill aims to require sales of zero-emission vehicles by 2035

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., on Oct. 20 introduced the Zero-Emissions Vehicles Act of 2020, which aims to end U.S. sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. Requirements would begin to phase in 2025. READ MORE

October 20, 2020

EPA: 1.63 billion RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released data in mid-October showing 1.63 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in September, up from 1.61 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

October 20, 2020

UW Oshkosh, Agra Energy bring biofuel technology to dairy farms

BY University of Wisconsin Oshkosh The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has partnered with Agra Energy Corp. to promote a new gas-to-liquids technology that converts methane-rich biogas into liquid fuels that meet diesel fuel specifications. READ MORE

October 19, 2020

Bioenergy, biofuels account for nearly half of US renewables use

BY Erin VoegeleWood and waste energy accounted for nearly one-fourth of U.S. renewable energy use in 2019, while biofuels accounted for 20 percent of renewable energy consumption, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 16, 2020

EPA issues final Fuels Streamlining Rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Oct. 15 issued its final Fuels Streamlining Rule, which streamlines the agency’s existing regulations for gasoline, diesel and other fuels. It does not, however, change the stringency of existing fuel quality standards. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

EPA: 2 additional SRE petitions filed for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 15, reporting two additional SRE petitions have been filed for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019. No other changes were made to the agency’s SRE data. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

BioCube launches new website to fuel energy independence

BY BioCube BioCube has announced the launch of a new website focused on its self-contained, transportable, mini biodiesel refinery that converts a variety of raw and used oils into biodiesel. The system can help communities become self-sufficient. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

UK biofuel consumption down 27% in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K.’s consumption of transportation biofuels fell sharply during the second quarter of 2020 due primarily to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown measures that reduced travel, according to data released by the U.K. government on Oct. 8. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

USDA forecasts soybean production at 4.27 billion bushels

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. soybean production is expected to be up 20 percent from 2019, forecast at 4.27 billion bushels, according to the Crop Production report issued by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service on Oct. 9. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

MSU researchers to lead $11 million study on camelina

BY Montana State University A research team led by faculty in Montana State University’s College of Agriculture received $5.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy designed to explore camelina, an oilseed with the potential to be an alternative biofuel and multi-use crop. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Senators urge EPA to promulgate rule on biogenic carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 14 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 12 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking that recognizes the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural feedstocks. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

Manitoba seek comments on proposed increase to biofuel mandates

BY Erin VoegeleThe Manitoba government is proposing to increase the required renewable content in gasoline to 10 percent and the required renewable content in diesel to 5 percent, effective Jan. 1. A 45-day comment period on the proposal is now open. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

ANL releases 2020 updates to GREET Models

BY Erin VoegeleArgonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 released 2020 updates to its GREET Models. Updates include new pathways for a variety of biobased fuels and a new feedstock carbon intensity calculator. READ MORE

October 09, 2020

USDA increases forecast for 2020-’21 soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA reduced its forecast for 2020-’21 soybean production in the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Oct. 9. The forecast for soybean oil use in biodiesel production, however, was increased slightly. READ MORE

October 08, 2020

USDA names recipients of $22 million in HBIIP awards

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Oct. 8 announced an initial round of awards under its $100 million Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The agency awarded $22 million to 40 recipients in 14 states. Additional awards are expected to be announced soon. READ MORE

October 08, 2020

NBB announces changes to state regulatory presence

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board has announced transition in its state governmental affairs leadership with longtime director Shelby Neal departing the organization and Floyd Vergara assuming the leadership role in directing NBB's nationwide program. READ MORE

October 08, 2020

Red Rock, Shell enter sales agreement for renewable fuel

BY Shell Red Rock and Shell have entered into a cellulosic fuel purchase and sale agreement in which Shell will purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and cellulosic renewable diesel fuel from Red Rock’s new biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon. READ MORE

October 07, 2020

US biodiesel exports top 70,628 metric tons in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 70,628.1 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of greater than B30 in August, up from 48,053.8 metric tons in July and 41,030.2 metric tons in August 2019, according to data released by the USDA FAS on Oct. 6. READ MORE

October 07, 2020

REG adds Bob Kenyon as vice president of sales and marketing

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced on Sept. 29 that Bob Kenyon will be joining the company as vice president of sales and marketing effective Sept. 30, 2020. Kenyon will be succeeding Gary Haer following his decision to retire. READ MORE

October 06, 2020

REG to expand Geismar capacity by 250 MMgy

BY Erin VoegeleRenewable Energy Group Inc. on Oct. 6 announced plans to expand the annual production capacity of its biorefinery in Geismar, Louisiana, to 340 MMgy. The 250 MMgy expansion project is expected to be complete by late 2023. READ MORE

October 05, 2020

Colombia’s production, use of biofuels expected to fall in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleColombia’s production and use of biofuels is expected to fall this year due to impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s biofuel imports are also expected to fall, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS GAIN. READ MORE

October 05, 2020

Neste: School district fuels 75 buses with renewable diesel

BY Neste The Twin Rivers Unified School District near Sacramento, California, achieved a major milestone in its climate action plan by switching 75 diesel-powered school buses to run on renewable diesel fuel provided by Neste. READ MORE

October 02, 2020

A vision of feedstocks

BY Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board The biodiesel and renewable diesel industries have a vision to exceed 6 billion gallons by 2030 and with advancements in feedstocks, 15 billion gallons by 2050. The NBB believes the industry can reach that goal. READ MORE

October 02, 2020

House passes bill that includes COVID-19 relief for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 1 passed an updated version of the Heroes Act by a vote f 214 to 207. The $2.2 billion COVID-19 stimulus package includes direct support for certain processed commodities, including biofuels. READ MORE

October 02, 2020

USDA launches OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced on Oct. 1 it is now accepting applications for its four key loan guarantee programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative, which was launched earlier this year to make it easier for lenders to access those four loan programs. READ MORE

October 01, 2020

Report: China’s biodiesel production up despite lower consumption

BY Erin VoegeleWhile China’s current biodiesel use is low, a report recently filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network notes that increasingly stringent environmental measures are driving prospects for expanded use of the fuel. READ MORE

October 01, 2020

ISU researchers transform pennycress into a crop

BY Illinois State University Though farmers consider pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) nothing more than a weed, Illinois State Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook is working to change their perspective—and the plant itself, which could be processed into biofuel and other products. READ MORE

October 01, 2020

Pertamina to produce biofuels using Honeywell UOP technologies

BY Honeywell Honeywell on Sept. 28 announced PT Pertamina (Persero) will use UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process technology at its Plaju refinery in Palembang, South Sumatra, and UOP Ecofining technology at its Cilacap refinery in Central Java. READ MORE

September 30, 2020

USDA: US soybean ending stocks down 42% from September 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its latest quarterly Grain Stocks report on Sept. 30, reporting that old crop soybeans stored in all positions on Sept. 1 totaled 523 million bushels, down 47 percent from a year ago. READ MORE