June 29, 2015

Major changes to USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program in new rule

BY Erin Voegele The program is now open to renewable chemical and biobased product manufacturers. Also, the requirement that the majority of the biorefinery production must be an advanced biofuel to be eligible has been removed, in addition to more changes. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Atlantic Biodiesel celebrates opening of 45 MMgy plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaAtlantic Biodiesel officially opened its 45 MMgy biodiesel plant in Welland, Ontario, June 25. The former Great Lakes Biodiesel plant gained new ownership after GLB lender Heridge S.a.R.L. won the assets from a bankruptcy auction early this year. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Italian firm ready to license glycerin-to-bioplastics technology

BY Ron KotrbaItalian intellectual property company Bio-on S.p.A. announced a recent advancement in development of technology for making polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from glycerol. The company says it is ready to grant licenses for this new technology. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

Biodiesel supporters to press EPA on renewable fuel standard

BY The National Biodiesel Board Two dozen biodiesel representatives are slated to testify at an EPA hearing June 25 on the agency's latest proposal establishing volumes under the RFS. They plan to thank EPA for increasing volumes in the proposal while calling for further growth. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

Iowa fuel tax savings kicks in for biodiesel blends July 1

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board As of July 1, diesel blended with at least 11 percent biodiesel (B11) will enjoy a tax exemption of 3 cents a gallon compared to regular diesel, a legislative victory celebrated by the Iowa Biodiesel Board and its supporters. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

Boeing expands 757 testing to improve environmental performance

BY Boeing Boeing announced the next phase in ecoDemonstrator 757 testing June 19, including the first flight with U.S.-made green diesel and two new environment-related technologies. The program's mission is to improve aviation's environmental performance. READ MORE

June 19, 2015

EPA management of RFS program scrutinized at US Senate hearing

BY Anna Simet U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe fielded dozens of hard questions and endured heavy scrutiny during a June 18 Senate hearing held to discuss the agency's management of the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

June 19, 2015

Illinois economists examine long-term trajectory of proposed RVO

BY Sue Retka Schill What would the long-term implications be if the U.S. EPA maintains the policy trajectory outlined in the May 29 proposed renewable volume obligations? University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good recently analyzed that question. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Green Diesel CEO Rivkin pleads guilty to RIN fraud

BY Ron KotrbaNotorious RIN defrauder Phil Rivkin pleads guilty, faces more than 10 years in prison READ MORE