North America

July 30, 2019

Comment period officially opens on 2020-’21 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set Renewable Fuel Standard 2020 RVOs and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel in the Federal Register July 29, officially opening a public comment period. Comments can be filed through Aug. 30. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

REG closing 15 MMgy biodiesel plant in New Boston, Texas

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group Inc. is closing its 15 MMgy biodiesel plant in New Boston, Texas, which the company acquired in 2012. REG is closing the multifeedstock facility due to challenging business conditions and continued federal policy uncertainty. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

‘Indomitus’ making its final appearance at Bandit Big Rig Series

BY The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council After more than a year in the North Star State, “Indomitus,” the truck built by the stars of Discovery’s Diesel Brothers, is returning to the DieselSellerz. Before the truck departs Minnesota, Indomitus is taking a final victory lap July 27. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

IHS Markit to deliver Canada’s carbon credit, tracking solution

BY IHS Markit IHS Markit announced July 23 it will deliver Canada’s federal carbon credit and tracking solution. The solution will reinforce Canada’s federal measures to mitigate emissions under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

First REG fueling station opens in Seneca, Illinois

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Construction on the around-the-clock, fully-automated station began earlier this year. Diesel customers from trucking fleets to local diesel vehicle owners will be able to fill up with biodiesel-blended fuel to conveniently reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

Ocean Park advises on sale of Atlantic Biodiesel to Verbio

BY Ocean Park Advisors LLC Atlantic Biodiesel Corp. recently closed on the sale of its Canadian biodiesel plant to Verbio Diesel Canada Corp. Ocean Park acted as exclusive financial advisor to Atlantic Biodiesel on the transaction. The deal was first announced in May. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

In Depth: Diesel’s Fuel Quality Imperative

BY Ron KotrbaAdvancements in diesel engine technology require a critical look at diesel fuel quality issues. READ MORE

July 14, 2019

Inside NBB: Ad Campaign Turns up the Volume on Biodiesel Impact

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s annual advertising campaign hit the airwaves in May with biodiesel education aimed to influence key decisionmakers on the many benefits of biodiesel. READ MORE

July 13, 2019

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Leaders Gather in DC to Amplify Industry Voice

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel advocates met this summer in Washington, D.C., as the National Biodiesel Board hosted its annual summer membership meeting June 10-12. This year’s meeting focused on integral association business and critical federal policy initiatives. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

Opinion: Making Connections in Biodiesel

BY Donnell Rehagen Trade shows and conferences are in full swing, with industry professionals pouring in to talk about what the future has in store. With all the talk being about carbon reduction and cleaner emissions, the future means biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

Inside NBB: Sustaining Environmental Stewardship with Biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board With continued and increased consumer interest in sustainable products, the National Biodiesel Board is taking the opportunity to spotlight biodiesel and its many ecofriendly benefits. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

US EPA proposes stalling 2021 biodiesel RVO at 2020 level

BY Erin Voegele and Ron Kotrba EPA proposes to set the 2020 RVO at 20.04 billion gallons, including 2.43 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel set last year. The agency proposes to keep the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel at 2020 levels, effectively stalling industry growth. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Commerce dept. gives Argentina break at expense of US producers

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s Fair Trade Coalition criticized the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision in a review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. If finalized, duties will be lowered significantly. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Senators aim to limit USDA influence over SRE decisions

BY Erin VoegeleSeveral U.S. senators representing oil producing and refining states are trying to limit Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s influence over the U.S. EPA’s process of evaluating small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

EIA to update data reporting for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking a three-year extension with changes to its Petroleum Supply Reporting System. The proposed changes include those related to biofuels reporting. Comments are due July 24. READ MORE

June 28, 2019

Victory Renewables opens biodiesel blending facility in Kansas

BY Ron KotrbaAn open house was held June 25 in Garden City, Kansas, to celebrate Victory Renewables’ new biodiesel blending facility. The site stores both diesel and biodiesel fuels, allowing suppliers to load biodiesel in concentrations of 5 to 100 percent. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

5 MMgy Missouri biodiesel plant set for auction July 23

BY Ron KotrbaMaas Companies will auction Global Fuels’ 5 MMgy biodiesel plant located in Dexter, Missouri, July 23. The Global Fuels facility was built in 2007 and has since undergone a technology upgrade allowing use of feedstock with FFA content to 15 percent. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

REG Newton announces Monarch Fueling Station Project

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Renewable Energy Group announced June 27 it is establishing a Monarch Fueling Station at its plant near Newton, Iowa. The monarch habitat will span roughly one-and-a-half acres. IRFA and IMCC established the conservation effort in December 2017. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

SRE impacts on biodiesel demand can’t be made up through E15 rule

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB sent a letter to EPA taking issue with Administrator Wheeler’s recent comment that the approval of year-round E15 sales will make up for the economic damage to the biodiesel industry caused by EPA’s voluminous small refinery exemptions to RFS. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

US EPA opens Section 610 review of Renewable Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA published a notice June 24 announcing it has opened a review of the Renewable Fuel Standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires agencies to review rules that have significant impacts on small entities. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

US EPA updates SRE data, 38 applications now pending for 2018

BY Erin VoegeleAnother small refinery exemption application for the RFS’s 2018 compliance year has been declared ineligible or withdrawn, according to updated data posted to the U.S. EPA website June 24. Of the 40 filed, 38 are pending and two have been withdrawn. READ MORE

June 21, 2019

21 individuals indicted on grease theft, other charges

BY Ron KotrbaA U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., announced June 20 that 21 individuals have been indicted by a grand jury for their roles in a major grease theft ring in the South. Six of the defendants are fugitives. READ MORE

June 21, 2019

Western Dubuque Biodiesel to establish Monarch Fueling Station

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The monarch butterfly habitat will be at least one acre near Farley, Iowa. Western Dubuque Biodiesel will start by spraying nonnative grasses this summer and again this fall. A dormant seeding of native plants and milkweed will occur this November. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Renewable Energy Group joins Diesel Technology Forum

BY Ron KotrbaNorth America’s largest biodiesel producer, Renewable Energy Group Inc., has joined the Diesel Technology Forum, a nonprofit organization promoting the use of clean diesel technologies. REG has 14 active biorefineries across the U.S. and Europe. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

NBB welcomes proposed 3-year extension of biodiesel tax incentive

BY The National Biodiesel Board On June 18 the NBB thanked Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California, the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee chairman, for introducing legislation to extend expired tax incentives, including the biodiesel tax incentive. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Bill aims to increase transparency, predictability of SRE process

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, and Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on June 13. The bill aims to bring transparency and predictability to the U.S. EPA’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Sapp Bros. opens new biodiesel blending facility in Sioux City

BY MEG Corp. Sapp Bros. is celebrating the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal located in Sioux City, Iowa, with an open house June 13. Media representatives are invited to the open house to learn more about the new blending infrastructure. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

NBB members gather to discuss policy with Capitol Hill offices

BY The National Biodiesel Board More than 70 National Biodiesel Board members are fanning out across the nation’s capital June 11 to meet with 130 congressional offices and discuss the status of the biodiesel tax incentive and the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 07, 2019

Dave Matthews Band designated UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

BY The UN Environment Programme For its powerful environmental advocacy and engagement of its fan base to take action for the planet, the UN Environment Programme has designated Dave Matthews Band as a Goodwill Ambassador. Biodiesel is an integral part of the band’s efforts. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

United Airlines makes history June 5 with ‘Flight for the Planet’

BY Erin VoegeleUnited Airlines’ Flight for the Planet June 5 is the most ecofriendly commercial flight of its kind in aviation history. The flight was fueled with biofuel and featured zero carbon waste efforts, carbon offsetting and operational efficiencies. READ MORE