North America

May 29, 2018

Benefuel advances modular plant engineering with support from BIC

BY Ron KotrbaBioindustrial Innovation Canada has approved a project with Benefuel through BIC's COMM SCI initiative program. The purpose of the project is to support a front-end engineering design study for Benefuel's modular 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Ontario. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Sapp Bros. opens another biodiesel blending terminal in Nebraska

BY Ron KotrbaSapp Bros., owner of 17 travel plazas and more than 30 wholesale locations across the U.S., celebrated the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal in Columbus, Nebraska, May 24. Last August Sapp Bros. opened a terminal in Norfolk, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 21, 2018

Biodiesel summer conference series kicks off June 12

BY Ron KotrbaFor the first time, the National Biodiesel Board, with funding from the Nebraska Soybean Board and Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, is taking biodiesel on a cross-country tour for a series of one-day workshops from coast to coast. READ MORE

May 21, 2018

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Fly-in, Member Meeting Gathers Industry in DC

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board will be hosting its annual summer membership meeting and fly-in June 25-27 in Washington, D.C., to focus on association business and critical federal policy initiatives. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

Opinion: Our Own Infinity Wars: Trade, Tariffs, Tax and Waivers

BY Grant Kimberley In the face of relentless attacks on biodiesel, we are not alone. Like the Avengers, the biodiesel industry has assembled a powerful group of mighty heroes to defend against its adversaries. READ MORE

May 17, 2018

In Depth: The New Feedstock Frontier

BY Ron KotrbaCutting-edge research and development has the potential to turn conventional wisdom on its head and revolutionize how, and from where, plant oils are obtained. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

In Depth: The Faces Behind the Statistics

BY Tom Slunecka While the economic effect biodiesel manufacturing has on small towns is quantifiably beneficial, the human effect is immeasurably invaluable. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

Opinion: Whirlwind of Uncertainty in Washington Damaging, but Not New

BY Donnell Rehagan In a column from the Spring 2018 Edition of Biodiesel Magazine, NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen discusses how the three-legged policy stool biodiesel stands on—the RFS, trade and tax—has seen real challenges and successes since the calendar last turned over. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

Volvo Ocean Race stays on sustainability course with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Supplying biodiesel for the Volvo Ocean Race's North American stopover is local producer Newport Biodiesel, which has used recycled cooking grease from restaurant "galleys" throughout New England to produce biodiesel for more than a decade. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

US EPA delivers proposed 2019 RFS volumes to White House OMB

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 10, 2018

REG completes major expansion project at Ralston biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group wrapped up a $32 million expansion and upgrade project at its Ralston, Iowa, biodiesel plant. Production capacity in Ralston has more than doubled, from 12 to 30 MMgy, and its logistics and storage capabilities were upgraded. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

RIN cap declared dead, export scheme resurfaces at RFS meeting

BY Ron KotrbaThe latest in a series of politicized, high-level meetings on RFS took place at the White House where Ted Cruz's scheme to cap prices on RINs has finally fallen flat, but talk of exported gallons qualifying for domestic obligations resurfaced. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

REG cites strong biodiesel margin environment in Q1 financials

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. In Renewable Energy Group Inc.'s first-quarter financial results, REG President and CEO Randy Howard said the margin environment for biodiesel continues to look strong as a result of a combination of higher energy and lower feedstock prices. READ MORE

May 04, 2018

Biodiesel maker Hero BX opens research lab at Penn State Behrand

BY Hero BX Located at Knowledge Park in the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center, the Hero BX lab advances the company's efforts to diversify and develop biodiesel products for new markets while utilizing the skills of Penn State Behrend students. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

National Biodiesel Foundation grants $2,000 to student scientist

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Foundation awarded the first Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant to doctoral student Mary Kate Mitchell. The $2,000 award is for Mitchell to participate in the Biodiesel Sustainability Workshop in St. Louis Sept. 27. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Iowa legislature renews biofuels infrastructure program funding

BY Ron KotrbaIowa's legislature voted to fund the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program another year. Senate File 2414, which includes $3 million for RFIP out of the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund for 2019, is headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds for signing. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Air Canada operates biofuel flight from Edmonton to San Francisco

BY Air Canada Air Canada's Edmonton-San Francisco flight May 2 operated on biofuel in a 146-seat Airbus A320-200 accommodating a trade mission delegation led by the government of Alberta, the city of Edmonton and Edmonton-area businesses to California. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

ABFA challenges EPA's RFS small refinery exemptions in court

BY Erin Voegele The Advanced Biofuels Association has submitted a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals to sue U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, challenging EPA's process for granting exemptions from compliance under RFS to small refineries. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

REG Ultra Clean Diesel launched as new California fuel solution

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group launched its latest innovation in diesel fuel, trademarked REG Ultra Clean Diesel, at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California, May 1. The fuel is a proprietary blend of biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Biofuels key to success of Canada's emerging Clean Fuel Standard

BY RICanada and Advanced Biofuels Canada A new study demonstrates that biofuels could be responsible for as much as 21.3 megatons per year of greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, approximately 70 percent of the 30-megaton target set by the Canadian government's Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

Minnesota reshapes energy landscape with seismic shift to B20

BY The National Biodiesel Board On May 1, Minnesota will again make history, becoming the first to transform almost virtually all of the diesel supply for sale in the state to 20 percent biodiesel. The NBB applauded the shift as an inspiration for a new energy future. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

Biodiesel ranks first among fleets for alternative fuel use

BY The National Biodiesel Board North America's top fleets have spoken. Their No. 1 choice for greening fleet operations is the use of biodiesel blends in their diesel vehicles. A new survey indicates 18 percent of fleet participants use biodiesel now, up from 15 percent in 2017. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

Pruitt grilled on Capitol Hill while Cruz 'sideshow' held on lawn

BY Ron KotrbaThe debate in Washington, D.C., over RFS was in full force April 26 as U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was grilled at a House committee hearing on his issuance of waivers while Sen. Ted Cruz stumped with refinery and steel workers on the lawn. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

Biodiesel Coalition of Missouri formed to build on farmers' work

BY The Missouri Soybean Association In late April, Missouri soybean farmers alongside processors, distributors and retailers launched the Biodiesel Coalition of Missouri to help ensure a sustainable and stable commercial biodiesel industry for the Show-Me State. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

RFS architects Dorgan, Talent call on Congress to do more

BY The National Biodiesel Board On April 25, former Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, and Jim Talent, R-Missouri, who played key roles in developing the RFS, called for Congress to investigate the EPA's recent waivers to major refiners and failure to follow the law. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX technology at its Wisconsin facility

BY BBI International Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology at its dry-mill ethanol plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. Fagen will build the new facility, also featuring membrane-based ethanol recovery from Whitefox Technologies. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Hero BX to manufacture at Iowa Renewable Energy biodiesel plant

BY Hero BX Pennsylvania-based biodiesel producer Lake Erie Biofuels LLC, doing business as Hero BX, recently announced a strategic partnership with Iowa Renewable Energy based in Washington, Iowa, to manufacture and market biodiesel from IRE's Iowa facility. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Calif. man to serve 51 months in prison for renewable fuel fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice Jacob Cha of California was sentenced to more than four years in prison for his part in the Gen-X Energy Group conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government in a RIN and tax credit scheme. After his prison term, Cha will be on court-supervised release. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

Air Canada fuels flights with biofuel on Earth Day

BY Air Canada Air Canada saved 160 metric tons of carbon on 22 domestic flights this Earth Day through an innovative biofuel demonstration project at Toronto-Pearson Airport. Under the project, 230,000 liters of biofuel were blended into the airport fuel supply. READ MORE

April 20, 2018

New FSMA compliance program launched for biodiesel producers

BY Ron KotrbaA new food safety program has been developed by the Iowa Biodiesel Board to help biodiesel producers comply with the U.S. government’s Food Safety Modernization Act, deadlines for which are quickly approaching. The cost range is $3,000 to $6,000. READ MORE