North America

August 08, 2018

At 13 years old, the RFS is still vital policy

BY Ron KotrbaAug. 8 marks the 13th anniversary of what some say is the most successful U.S. energy policy, the Renewable Fuel Standard. Under RFS2, biodiesel started with a meager 500-million-gallon requirement in 2009 and has grown to 2.1 billion gallons today. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

Hero BX buys South Roxana, Illinois, biodiesel plant at auction

BY Ron KotrbaHero BX has just closed on purchasing the former Midwest Biodiesel Products facility located in South Roxana, Illinois, which was auctioned this summer by Maas Companies Inc. Hero BX plans to upgrade the facility and reopen it early next year. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

Environmental assessment results good for Velocys' Miss. project

BY Velocys plc The USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the environmental assessment report for Velocys' planned Mississippi biorefinery. The company plans to build a cellulosic diesel refinery using locally sourced woody biomass waste. READ MORE

August 06, 2018

REG triples adjusted EBITDA first half of year compared to 2017

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. released its second-quarter financials Aug. 6, and as CEO Randy Howard said, the company produced outstanding results in the first half of 2018, including tripling its EBITDA compared to the previous year. READ MORE

August 02, 2018

Wheeler: EPA to create public 'dashboard' on RFS waivers

BY Erin Voegele Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard, small refinery hardship waivers, Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15, and issues related to agency transparency during a Senate hearing Aug. 1. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

IRFA launches online resource for those seeking biodiesel experts

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Biodiesel Speakers Bureau is now live on the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website. It is a collection of biodiesel experts from across the state who share the goal of educating Iowans about the benefits of using biodiesel. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

Exploring Biodiesel series heads west to Los Angeles, Portland

BY Brian Davidson After a strong start in Boston and Philadelphia, the Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) Regional Seminars will head west to Los Angeles Aug. 7, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 9, and over to Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 18, for the final three stops of its five-city tour. READ MORE

July 30, 2018

Nat'l Biodiesel Board files opening brief challenging 2018 RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed an opening brief July 27 in its lawsuit objecting to U.S. EPA's methodology for establishing the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). NBB specifically disputes three issues with EPA's final RFS rule for 2018. READ MORE

July 26, 2018

Canada delays development of Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin Voegele The Canadian government has announced plans to delay implementation of its Clean Fuel Standard. Original plans called for development of the program regulations to be complete next year. That work is now expected to take until 2021. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

EPA finalizes RFS fuel pathways for distillers sorghum oil

BY Erin Voegele On July 24, the U.S. EPA published a notice qualifying distillers sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposal first came out in December. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

Missouri farmers break ground on Center for Soy Innovation

BY The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Missouri soybean farmers broke ground on a new building in western Jefferson City July 24, kicking off an 18-month project to develop the Center for Soy Innovation. Soybean farmers highlighted the need to be a resource for farmers and the community. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

USDA assists farmers impacted by China's retaliatory tariffs

BY USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced July 24 that the USDA will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. Specifically, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Biodiesel advocates say RFS growth is futile if waivers continue

BY Ron KotrbaRFS proponents and detractors gathered in Michigan July 18 to testify before EPA during a public hearing on the agency's proposed 2019 RVOs for conventional, cellulosic and overall advanced biofuels, and the 2020 biomass-based diesel RVO proposal. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

Biodiesel helps push California GHG emissions below 1990 levels

BY Erin Voegele The California Air Resources Board has announced that in 2016 the state's greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004. Biodiesel, renewable diesel and ethanol helped achieve the reduction. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley

BY Erin Voegele The July 12 letter was a response to a bipartisan inquiry several senators sent EPA in April requesting the agency to stop issuing small refinery waivers and disclose to Congress information on the waivers that have already been granted. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Add'l tariffs rile soy growers as US-China trade war escalates

BY The American Soybean Association The American Soybean Association expressed extreme disappointment July 11 in Robert Lighthizer's announcement that an additional $200 billion in tariffs will be imposed on Chinese goods.The action worsens the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

REG Ultra Clean Diesel powers Incredible Adventures fleet

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG announced a supply agreement July 11 with Dogpatch Biofuels to provide REG Ultra Clean Diesel—a proprietary, patent-pending blend of biodiesel and renewable diesel—to the bus fleet of Incredible Adventures, a leading adventure travel company. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

After months of asking for alternative, soy farmers hit by tariff

BY The American Soybean Association Soybean farmers, whose crop represents 41 percent of the value of products on China's tariff list, will feel the full effect of the escalating trade war between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the government of the People's Republic of China. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of US EPA

BY Erin Voegele On July 5, President Donald Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

US EPA schedules hearing on proposed RFS rule for July 18

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes US EPA's triennial report

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 29, the U.S. EPA released its second report to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the RFS program, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act. Biofuel representatives criticized the report. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

US Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill, mandatory energy title funding

BY Erin Voegele On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

Bridgeport Biodiesel retains M&A specialist Equity Partners HG

BY Equity Partners HG Bridgeport Biodiesel 2 LLC, a fully permitted, commercial-scale biodiesel refinery with a capacity of 13 MMgy, has retained Equity Partners HG to find an investor or buyer for the company. The plant is just 50 miles north of New York City. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

Proposed RFS growth sends hopeful signal to biodiesel industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board The EPA proposed RVOs for the biomass-based diesel category would increase from 2.1 billion gallons in 2019 to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020. The advanced biofuel category would also increase from 4.29 billion in 2018 to 4.88 billion gallons in 2019. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

Colo. business owners indicted for $7M biodiesel tax credit fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice Matthew Taylor and Martin Fields owned businesses in Colorado and New Jersey and allegedly conspired with the owner of a Colorado-based home heating oil business, Shintan Inc., to file more than $7 million in false tax credit claims with the IRS. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

Producers, marketers unify in support of biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board A diverse group of associations sent a letter to Congressional leaders announcing a unified position to maintain and extend the current biodiesel blenders tax credit to encourage investment and job creation while providing environmental benefits. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

Largest US biodiesel producer testifies before House subcommittee

BY The National Biodiesel Board REG CEO Randy Howard, on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board, delivered testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment at a hearing on the current status and future prospects of advanced biofuels under the RFS. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

House Democrats demand answers from EPA on RFS, biofuel waivers

BY Erin Voegele On June 20, 12 Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Agriculture asked the U.S. EPA to provide additional information regarding its failed implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 21, 2018

Conventional soybean meal prices take a nosedive

BY UFOP Soybean meal prices have come down significantly since the beginning of May. Ample supply from Brazil, favorable growing conditions in the U.S. and an escalating trade dispute between China and the U.S. are putting downward pressure on prices. READ MORE

June 21, 2018

Attis Industries acquires clean technology licensing business

BY Attis Industries Inc. Attis Industries closed on a series of transactions with GreenShift Corp., resulting in its acquisition of an 80 percent stake in Flux Carbon LLC, a new joint venture company that holds the rights to an expansive portfolio of clean technologies. READ MORE