North America

December 19, 2014

REG, Neste settle patent lawsuits, enter into license agreement

BY Ron KotrbaFinland's Neste Oil and Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group both announced Dec. 19 that the companies have settled their patent infringement lawsuits against each other regarding renewable diesel processes and have entered into a new license agreement. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Bitter-sweet holiday gift for biodiesel industry

BY Ron KotrbaThe reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit for 2014 is a welcomed gift but one that leaves much to be desired READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Senate passes tax extenders; biodiesel credit to be reinstated

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. Senate passed the tax extenders package that the House passed earlier this month, which includes the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit. The BTC will be stated retroactively back to Jan. 1, and is good only through Dec. 31 of this year. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

REG completes upgrades at Newton, Iowa, biodiesel plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. On Dec. 15, Renewable Energy Group Inc. celebrated the completion of upgrades to its 30 MMgy nameplate biodiesel plant in Newton, Iowa, which allows the plant to produce an even higher purity biodiesel from a wider variety of raw materials. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

ASTM approves spec for heating oil with 6 to 20 percent biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board The updated ASTM D396 Standard Specification for Fuel Oils with the new grade for blends of 6 to 20 percent biodiesel will be finalized and published by ASTM for public use after the usual ASTM review and editing process. It's expected by February. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

45 MMgy Canadian biodiesel plant assets up for sale

BY Ron KotrbaThe facility features Desmet Ballestra production technology, 8.5 million liters of on-site storage capacity and a rail/truck terminal to service 12 to 14 railcars per day. KPMG is the receiver. Bids must be received by 10:00 a.m. Jan. 7. READ MORE

December 09, 2014

REG to acquire majority ownership of Germany's Petrotec AG

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. and IC Green Energy Ltd. announced Dec. 9 that REG, through a wholly owned subsidiary, will acquire ICG's majority equity ownership position in German biodiesel producer Petrotec AG. Closing is expected by year's end. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

House votes to extend biodiesel tax credit through 2014

BY Ron KotrbaIn a vote of 378 to 46, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a short-term tax extenders package (HR 5771) Dec. 3 that would reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive retroactive to its expiration on Jan. 1, 2014, through the end of this year. READ MORE

December 03, 2014

Washakie Renewable Energy expands biodiesel production capacity

BY Ron KotrbaPlymouth, Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy is doubling its biodiesel production capacity from 20 MMgy to 40 MMgy. Production at the plant is currently down while additional reactors, settling capacity and a water-wash column are being installed. READ MORE