North America

July 02, 2020

Colonial to purchase 3 terminals in southern US from Lincoln

BY Colonial Pipeline Co. Colonial Terminals Operating Company has entered into an agreement to purchase three refined product terminals from Lincoln Terminal Company Inc. The acquisition provides an opportunity for Colonial to move into the terminal business. READ MORE

July 02, 2020

House Biofuels Caucus urges Trump to reject ‘gap’ SRE petitions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The letter, sent to Trump July 2, expresses concern that the “gap” petitions undermine a U.S. Court of Appeals decision, Congress’ intent for the Renewable Fuel Standard, and EPA’s legal obligation to consider exemptions in a timely manner. READ MORE

July 02, 2020

US DOE funds 7 ‘performance-advantaged’ biofuel projects

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE announced July 2 the selection of seven projects totaling $1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks. READ MORE

July 02, 2020

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Leaders Gather for 1st Virtual Membership Meeting

BY The National Biodiesel Board Meeting with elected leaders is one of the key reasons the National Biodiesel Board meets with its membership each year. NBB organized more than 80 virtual teleconference Hill visits in June for members to meet with their representatives in Congress. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

Approving gap SREs would deal ‘devastating blow’ to soy farmers

BY The American Soybean Association The American Soybean Association this week urged the U.S. EPA to immediately reject the pending retroactive small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions listed on the agency website and stand with U.S. soybean growers in support of the RFS. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

Biodiesel Coalition of Missouri names Amick executive director

BY The Biodiesel Coalition of Missouri The Biodiesel Coalition of Missouri is moving into its third year with new leadership, naming Matt Amick of Jefferson City executive director. Amick is a well-known figure among those working with renewable fuels in Missouri. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

Opinion: Bettering Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel

BY Donnell Rehagen Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, discusses the hardship endured by the broader agricultural industry this spring during the coronavirus pandemic and highlights good deeds performed by U.S. biodiesel producers as a result. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

Mo. soybean farmers offer matching biodiesel infrastructure funds

BY The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council A commitment from the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and Missouri Soybean Association provides up to $200,000 for entities to build or retrofit existing biodiesel infrastructure, from blending and distribution to fleet and retail locations. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

US biodiesel production down slightly in April, soy oil use rises

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. production of biodiesel fell by 8 million gallons in April as lockdowns amid the health crisis strengthened. Soybean oil feedstock use rose, however, while DCO and yellow grease consumption fell as ethanol producers and restaurants closed. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Iowa governor signs bill extending biofuel tax differential

BY Ron KotrbaIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation June 30 that extends the tax differential for higher blends of biodiesel and ethanol. She also announced an additional $7 million in federal funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. READ MORE

June 29, 2020

Ernst blocks nomination of deputy EPA administrator over SREs

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced she will block the nomination of Doug Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA until the agency discloses exactly how it plans to deal with gap year SRE petitions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Senators urge EPA to reject 52 ‘gap year’ SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleSenators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to reject the 52 gap year SRE petitions recently filed by oil companies. If approved, this would allow refineries with lapsed SREs to establish a continuous chain of exemptions. READ MORE

June 24, 2020

DC Public Works expands B100 use with Optimus Technologies system

BY Optimus Technologies The D.C. Department of Public Works increased the number of heavy-duty fleet vehicles capable of running on B100 by installing Optimus Technologies’ Vector System onto 17 new refuse trucks. The DPW began its evaluation of the technology in 2018. READ MORE

June 23, 2020

Model errors, RM losses cause REG to revise Q2 adjusted EBITDA

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. For several reasons including model errors, risk management losses and volatile markets, Renewable Energy Group is revising its estimated Q2 adjusted EBITDA from between $20 million and $35 million down to negative $12 million to negative $2 million. READ MORE

June 22, 2020

Biodiesel improving air quality in Chicago parks

BY The Illinois Soybean Association As Chicago residents begin to resume outdoor activities, they can expect to breathe a little easier. That’s because the Chicago Park District is working to improve air quality by fueling park refuse haulers with 100 percent biodiesel (B100). READ MORE

June 18, 2020

US EPA discloses flood of 52 gap SRE petitions from 2011-’18

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB called on U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to immediately reject the flood of 52 small refinery exemption petitions for compliance years preceding 2019, which would relieve oil companies from RFS obligations, disclosed by EPA June 18. READ MORE

June 16, 2020

Iowa Legislature funds state’s biofuel infrastructure program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Legislature authorized another year of funding June 14 for the cost-share biofuel infrastructure program, a move that ensures access to biofuels will continue to grow throughout Iowa. The program has led to millions in private investment. READ MORE

June 15, 2020

REG releases its 1st environmental, social and governance report

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group, North America’s largest biodiesel producer whose active annual U.S. production capacity approaches half a billion gallons from nine biodiesel facilities and one renewable diesel plant, has released its first-ever ESG report. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

US biodiesel production picks up slightly in March over February

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. production of biodiesel ticked up slightly in March over February despite the onset of lockdowns from the coronavirus pandemic that began to take hold in the U.S. that month, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Bakersfield retrofit to use Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology

BY Ron KotrbaGlobal Clean Energy Holdings’ Bakersfield Renewable Fuels project will produce approximately 230 MMgy of renewable diesel from GCEH’s proprietary camelina oil and other renewable feedstocks using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex process technology. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

Western Dubuque Biodiesel completes butterfly habitat seeding

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Western Dubuque Biodiesel recently came one step closer to providing monarch butterflies with vital habitat on plant grounds by seeding the biodiesel plant’s Monarch Fueling Station. Milkweed is the only plant monarchs can lay their eggs on. READ MORE

June 09, 2020

US farm, biofuel leaders demand answers on SRE gap filings

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biofuel and farm advocates called on the U.S. EPA to address a new effort to undermine the RFS. Administration officials are considering retroactive SREs covering years prior to 2019 (gap filings) to circumvent a Jan. 24 court ruling. READ MORE

June 09, 2020

Missouri biofuel entities now eligible for $200,000 grant

BY The Missouri Department of Agriculture The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority partnered with the state biodiesel coalition and corn growers association to provide $2 million to support applicants of the USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. READ MORE

June 08, 2020

Bipartisan group of House members demands Trump deny RFS waivers

BY Ron KotrbaForty-four bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Trump demanding that his administration uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard by denying recent requests to waive the 2020 RFS volumes. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Oil refinery retrofit secures $365 million in capital partnership

BY Ron KotrbaOrion Energy Partners, GCM Grosvenor and Voya Investment Management have formed a capital partnership worth $365 million with Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, which plans to retrofit an existing Southern California oil refinery to make renewable diesel. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of CAA regulations

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released a proposal June 4 that will require all future significant regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act to be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis. The Renewable Fuel Standard is among the programs likely to be impacted. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Iowa Legislature extends fuel tax incentive for biodiesel blends

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Originally enacted in 2015, the successful policy has increased the number of retailers carrying biodiesel in Iowa almost threefold, improving availability for consumers while contributing to the state’s economy, including hard-hit farmers. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

Renewable diesel drives growth in biomass-based diesel imports

BY The U.S. Energy Information Administration U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel grew 26 percent in 2019 to more than 27,000 barrels per day, ending two years in a row of decline. Imports increased in 2019 because of the increase in renewable diesel imports from Singapore. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

HollyFrontier to convert Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel

BY HollyFrontier Corp. HollyFrontier Corp. announced June 1 that its board of directors has approved a plan to convert the Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel production and to construct a pretreatment unit (PTU) located at the Artesia refinery. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

April RIN generation down 62 percent from same month last year

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released updated RIN generation data, reporting that 1.05 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in April, down from 2.74 billion during the same period last year. The decrease is attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE