North America

March 27, 2020

EPA issues guidance on future SRE actions, RFS compliance date

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced it intends to develop an “appropriate implementation and enforcement response” to the Tenth Circuit Court’s small refinery exemption (SRE) ruling “after appeals have been resolved and the court’s mandate has been issued.” READ MORE

March 25, 2020

NBB welcomes administration’s decision not to appeal SRE ruling

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomes President Trump’s decision not to appeal the January court ruling that invalidated three small refinery exemptions that the U.S. EPA granted retroactively for the 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Oil refineries challenge Tenth Circuit Court ruling on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleWynnewood Refining and HollyFrontier filed petitions with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals March 24 requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Iowa ethanol, glycerin donated for hand sanitizer production

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Two Iowa Renewable Fuels Association members sent the first donated shipment of Iowa ethanol and glycerin to the state of Iowa to be used by Iowa Prison Industries for the production of hand sanitizer during the national shortage. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Dermen found guilty in $1 billion biodiesel tax fraud scheme

BY U.S. Department of Justice A federal jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, convicted California businessman Lev Aslan Dermen, also known as Levon Termendzhyan, of criminal charges March 16 relating to a $1 billion renewable fuel tax credit fraud scheme, the U.S. government announced. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

IRFA partners with Iowa State University BioBus program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association In recognition of the important role students and young professionals will play in the future of the biodiesel industry, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is announcing a partnership with Iowa State University’s BioBus program. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Newly branded vehicles highlight of National Biodiesel Day

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB launched its 2020 vehicle branding program March 18 designed to showcase biodiesel’s sustainability and emissions reduction benefits. The program kicks off on National Biodiesel Day with the theme “Biodiesel: Better. Cleaner. Now!” READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Biofuel production still powers Iowa economy despite tough times

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A new study by ABF Economics commissioned by the IRFA finds that, despite challenges, Iowa biofuel production continues to have a significant impact on Iowa’s economy, supporting more than 48,000 jobs and more than $2.4 billion in household income. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Executive order expands Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleOregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order March 10 that sets a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and outlines several steps the state will take to combat climate change, including expanding Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Neste to acquire US grease collection, recycling company

BY Neste Corp. Renewable diesel producer Neste has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Mahoney Environmental, a U.S. collector and recycler of used cooking oil, and its affiliated entities. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and closing conditions. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

Missouri Soybean opens doors to new Center for Soy Innovation

BY Missouri Soybean The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council’s efforts to drive research and education for all things soy are starting 2020 by “leveling up” through new opportunities through the new Center for Soybean Innovation, which held a grand opening March 5. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

Court extends deadline to challenge SRE ruling until March 24

BY Erin VoegeleThe Trump administration will have 15 additional days to decide whether to challenge a Jan. 24 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

REG reports Q4, full-year financial results for 2019

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and all of 2019. The company is getting roughly half a billion dollars in cash from its operations over the past two years thanks to retroactive reinstatement of the BTC. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Wheeler hopes EPA response to SRE ruling quells RIN price spikes

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency will soon announce its response to a recent court ruling that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) and expressed hope that the announcement will quell recent RIN price spikes. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Biodiesel supporters urge Iowa lawmakers to extend fuel tax break

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa biodiesel producers, soybean farmers and other supporters took to the State Capitol March 4 to ask lawmakers to extend a break in fuel tax for B11 or higher biodiesel blends, which has almost tripled the number of retailers carrying biodiesel. READ MORE

March 03, 2020

Colorado fraudster sentenced for biodiesel tax credit scheme

BY U.S. Department of Justice Colorado resident Matthew Taylor was sentenced to 83 months in prison Feb. 28 for his role in a biodiesel tax credit fraud scheme that bilked the U.S. government out of more than $7 million between 2010 and 2013. Taylor was indicted in June 2018. READ MORE

February 28, 2020

NBB applauds Perdue’s leadership on higher biodiesel blends

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement of $100 million funding for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants, approximately $14 million of which will go to support biodiesel blending. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Diamond Green Diesel enters terminal lease agreement with IMTT

BY Darling Ingredients Inc. Norco, Louisiana-based renewable diesel producer Diamond Green Diesel has entered into a long-term lease agreement with International-Matex Tank Terminals, which will allow DGD access and use of IMTT’s St. Rose terminal as a logistics hub. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Wheeler: EPA will release new guidance on SRE program soon

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Feb. 27 the agency will soon issue new guidance on the RFS’s small refinery exemption (SRE) program related to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s Jan. 27 ruling that struck down three SREs. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

USDA to offer $100M in infrastructure grants for higher blends

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is scheduled to publish a notice Feb. 28 in the Federal Register announcing a notice of funding availability (NOFA) of up to $100 million in competitive grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. READ MORE

February 26, 2020

Sens. Udall, Grassley introduce bill targeting Big Oil subsidies

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced legislation that aims to update the nation’s antiquated public lands royalty system and ensure taxpayers get fair returns on leases of public lands for oil and gas production. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

EcoEngineers opens California office, hires Hartley from Agron

BY Ron KotrbaEcoEngineers has opened a new office in California to capitalize on the need for compliance, auditing and regulatory services in the western carbon markets, where growth in low-carbon fuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel and biogas is booming. READ MORE

February 24, 2020

EPA: 23 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data Feb. 21, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019, bringing the total number of petitions filed up to 23. READ MORE

February 20, 2020

USDA: Ag Innovation Agenda is a solution for farmers, environment

BY USDA Through the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, the USDA will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050. READ MORE

February 20, 2020

ADM to run Class 8 trucks on B100 with Optimus’ Vector System

BY The National Biodiesel Board A wide range of organizations announced a partnership Feb. 20 to conduct a year-long validation project of biodiesel technology to demonstrate its viability in real-world fleet applications. Five ADM trucks will be outfitted to run on B100 biodiesel. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Sens. Ernst, Grassley urge IRS to pay BTC claims quickly

BY Ron KotrbaSens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa are urging the Internal Revenue Service to quickly process 2018-’19 biodiesel tax credit (BTC) claims after Congress reinstated the incentive retroactively from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2022. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

IRS revises Form 8849 Schedule 3 for 2018-’19 BTC claims

BY Ron KotrbaOn Feb. 14 the IRS issued a revised Form 8849 Schedule 3 necessary to file claims for the $1 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit for 2018 and 2019. The IRS issued guidance Jan. 15 on the special one-time claim procedure. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

Sandals explores expanding biodiesel project beyond St. Lucia

BY Sandals Resorts International Following the success of its first Biodiesel Conversion Centre in St. Lucia, Sandals Resorts International is exploring ways to expand its model of oil collection, conversion and biodiesel use on all islands where Sandals and Beaches resorts operate. READ MORE

February 13, 2020

Forge secures Shell investment for Ontario renewable diesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaForge Hydrocarbons secured an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, which will help build a 28.4 MMly renewable diesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, Canada, at a cost of CAD$30 million. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Plans abandoned for soybean crush facility in Spiritwood, ND

BY North Dakota Soybean Processors After more than three years, $6 million of investment and thousands of hours of management time, North Dakota Soybean Processors announced that it is abandoning its efforts to build a large-scale soybean crushing facility in Spiritwood, North Dakota. READ MORE