North America

November 21, 2018

Shimkus, Flores release discussion draft to reform biofuel laws

BY Ron KotrbaReps. Shimkus and Flores released a discussion draft of their 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act Nov. 21.The legislation would reform the RFS through 2022 and provide a pathway to regulations of federal renewable fuels requirements through 2032. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Innoltek centralizes production, halts Thetford Mines operations

BY Ron KotrbaFollowing its acquisition of the 19 MMly Evoleum biodiesel plant in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Innoltek Inc. has ceased operations at its 5 MMly biodiesel plant in Thetford Mines, Quebec, and has concentrated production in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. READ MORE

November 16, 2018

Green Energy Biofuel receives 2018 Project of the Year Award

BY Ron KotrbaThe South Carolina Biomass Council held an award ceremony Nov. 15 on the grounds of its 2018 Biomass Project of the Year Award recipient, Green Energy Biofuel, in Warrenville. Green Energy Biofuel won the award in recognition of its new GEB3 plant. READ MORE

November 15, 2018

Renewable diesel made up 10 percent of Calif. diesel supply in Q2

BY Ron KotrbaThe net supply of renewable diesel to California's fuel market reached 100 million gallons during the second quarter of this year, topping 10 percent of the total diesel supplied to the state in the quarter, according to a report from the U.S. EIA. READ MORE

November 14, 2018

EPA extends comment period on RFS information collection request

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA is extending the comment period on a previously announced information collection request (ICR) that aims to consolidate and update recordkeeping and reporting burden and cost estimates related to the Renewable Fuel Standard program. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

60 organizations sign tax extenders letter to Congress

BY Ron KotrbaA group of 60 organizations representing diverse business, energy, transportation, real estate and agriculture sectors has sent a letter to leaders in U.S. Congress on the pressing need to address the tax provisions that expired at the end of 2017. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

Nat'l Biodiesel Board members elect governing board leadership

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB members voted Nov. 13 to elect their trade association leadership. The board reflects the wide range of member companies in the biodiesel industry from feedstock operations to producers. The election was held to fill eight board member spots. READ MORE

November 08, 2018

US to conduct 'unprecedented review' of biodiesel import duties

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. Department of Commerce granted a request from Argentina to initiate "changed circumstances" reviews of U.S. trade duties imposed on Argentine biodiesel companies. What's changed is Argentina has raised its biodiesel export taxes and prices. READ MORE

November 06, 2018

Diamond Green Diesel approves major expansion to 675 MMgy

BY Ron KotrbaOn the heels of completing a major expansion project at its renewable diesel production facility in Norco, Louisiana, from 160 MMgy to 275 MMgy, Diamond Green Diesel will add another 400 MMgy of production capacity expected to come online in 2021. READ MORE

November 06, 2018

Better margins, more gallons sold boost REG net income in Q3

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG announced its financial results for Q3 2018. Net income attributable to common stockholders was $24.3 million in Q3 2018 compared to net loss of $11.4 million in Q3 2017. The improvement reflects better margins as well as more gallons sold. READ MORE

November 01, 2018

Phillips 66, REG to build renewable diesel plant in Washington

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Phillips 66 and REG announced Nov. 1 that planning is underway for the construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant adjacent to Phillips 66's Ferndale Refinery in Washington State. The plant will use REG's proprietary BioSynfining technology. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

NJ-based Woolley Fuel commemorates 10 years of biodiesel service

BY Woolley Fuel Woolley Fuel celebrates its 10th year as a distribution location providing high-quality biodiesel to consumers across New Jersey. Founded in 1924, Woolley Fuel became the first company in New Jersey to offer biodiesel to the public 10 years ago. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Opinion: Issues of the Day

BY Ron KotrbaFrom his Editor's Note, Ron Kotrba highlights the contents of the Fall 2018 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine in the political context of what has ensued this autumn on Capitol Hill. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Opinion: Driving Decarbonization

BY Graham Noyes Beyond California, other states and provinces in North America and jurisdictions around the world are increasingly seeing the value the LCFS delivers and are viewing the program as a flexible tool they can use to achieve their own policy objectives. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Inside NBB: BioFry 2018 Draws Hundreds for French Fries, Biodiesel Facts

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board hosted its annual Capitol Hill BioFry Sept. 25 to educate congressional staff about biodiesel and the U.S. companies that produce it. Hundreds enjoyed a free French fry snack while learning about biodiesel. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

World Energy invests $350M to expand Paramount biofuel production

BY World Energy LLC World Energy plans to invest $350 million to complete conversion of its partially converted petroleum refinery in Paramount, California, acquired from Delek US Holdings in March, and expand biofuel production on-site from 40 MMgy to 306 MMgy. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

In Depth: The Complex Dynamics of Coprocessing

BY Ron KotrbaWhile oil refiners adding a small percentage of renewable feedstock to their operations sounds simple, the political, economic, technical, societal and market consequences are anything but. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

Inside NBB: NBB Rallies Industry for a Stronger, More Accountable RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board recaps its efforts in pushing the administration and the U.S. EPA to grow the advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel standards under the RFS while holding the agency more accountable for small refinery exemptions. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

In Depth: Consultative Expansion

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spotlights a producer whose recent acquisition fulfills increased feedstock demand, a consulting firm that assists in market entry and production efficiencies, and the expansion of one of today's fastest-growing biodiesel refiners. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

Opinion: Fueling Growth in the Biodiesel Industry

BY Donnell Rehagen Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, recaps some of the more notable progress the U.S. biodiesel industry and its national association have made over the past year. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

EFT licenses its Fischer-Tropsch technology to Red Rock Biofuels

BY Emerging Fuels Technology Inc. Emerging Fuels Technology Inc. has executed a license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC under which EFT will provide its TL8a Fischer-Tropsch technology to provide additional FT capacity for Red Rock Biofuels' biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

Inside NBB: NBB National Ad Campaign Shows Strong ROI

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board's annual advertising campaign hit airwaves this summer with biodiesel education aimed to influence key decision makers on the many benefits of biodiesel. Early results show a strong ROI for this campaign. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

EPA: Additional small refinery petitions filed for 2017, 2018

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The new data show that two additional petitions were filed for the 2017 compliance year and four new ones were filed for 2018 in the past month. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

Inside NBB: Engage at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is the place to see and be seen in the world of biodiesel. Claim your spot at the 2019 conference in San Diego—where all the key players will come together for a week of learning, networking and discovery. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

West Coast biodiesel consolidation: Crimson acquires SeQuential

BY Ron KotrbaCalif.-based biodiesel maker Crimson Renewable Energy has acquired Ore.-based producer and UCO collector SeQuential. Crimson gains feedstock supply options for its Bakersfield plant and expands its ability to supply biodiesel to West Coast customers. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

Opinion: The Road to Feedstock Flexibility

BY Chris Abrams Imerys personnel have spent much of 2018 talking about new and diverse feedstocks for biodiesel production, and how to help biodiesel manufacturers incorporate them into their existing processes. Here is an overview of that discussion. READ MORE

October 19, 2018

NBB letter calls on EPA to end demand destruction for biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB delivered a letter Oct. 17 to U.S. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler asking that the agency fully account for small refinery exemptions in the annual Renewable Fuel Standard rules and end the demand destruction for biodiesel. READ MORE

October 19, 2018

White House releases timeline for RFS reset, other rules

BY Erin Voegele The Trump administration has released estimated timelines for the development of three U.S. EPA rulemakings that pertain to the Renewable Fuel Standard and year-round E15 sales, including one that includes a reset of statutory blending targets. READ MORE

October 17, 2018

Ace Ethanol begins D3MAX plant construction at Wisconsin facility

BY BBI International D3MAX and Ace Ethanol announced they have started construction of the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol's plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol producer to integrate the patented D3MAX technology in its dry mill plant. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

Targray opens biodiesel terminal in Fargo to meet growing demand

BY Targray Targray, a leading North American biofuels marketer and distributor, has announced the opening of its Fargo Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 fuel distribution center serving wholesale fuel buyers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. READ MORE