North America

October 04, 2019

US EPA will account for projected SREs in future RFS program

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA held a press briefing Oct. 4 to reveal the newly negotiated Trump deal to assuage the biofuel industries after the agency in August granted dozens of new small refinery exemptions under the RFS, leading to significant demand destruction. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

Opinion: Biodiesel Producers Want Fairness

BY Donnell Rehagen From the Fall 2019 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen provides his perspective on small refinery exemptions and what they are doing to U.S. biodiesel producers. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

NBB, ASA ask Ross for meeting about CVDs on Argentine biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel and soy leaders sent a letter Sept. 30 to Wilbur Ross, secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, requesting he meet with the groups before the department finalizes its review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. READ MORE

September 30, 2019

In Depth: Cruel Summer

BY Ron KotrbaA series of unfortunate events this summer—all caused by U.S. government action or inaction—has led to a precarious situation in the biodiesel sector, but there may be a silver lining. READ MORE

September 27, 2019

Idled biodiesel producer holds hope for quick market turnaround

BY Ron KotrbaIn August, W2Fuel began idling its two biodiesel plants—a 15 MMgy facility in Adrian, Michigan, and a 10 MMgy plant in Crawfordsville, Iowa—due to poor market conditions. CEO Roy Strom says he plans to restart them when the market turns around. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Preliminary agenda announced for North Dakota Energy Conference

BY BBI International BBI International announced the preliminary agenda for the North Dakota Energy Conference & Expo, a premier event focused on the state’s energy technologies and efficiencies. The event will take place in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Nov. 13-14. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

10 MMgy biodiesel plant in Delaware going to auction Nov. 13

BY Maas Companies Maas Companies of Rochester, Minnesota, will auction Chesapeake Green Fuels’ 10 MMgy biodiesel plant in Clayton, Delaware. The surplus assets will be sold via a sealed bid auction. The deadline for offers is Nov. 13 at 4:00 p.m. Central time. READ MORE

September 23, 2019

IBB elects Brad Wilson of Western Iowa Energy as new chair

BY Ron KotrbaBrad Wilson of Western Iowa Energy, a 45 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wall Lake, was elected the new chair of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. Wilson, who replaces Tom Brooks of Western Dubuque Biodiesel as chair, has been president and GM of WIE since 2016. READ MORE

September 20, 2019

Western Dubuque Biodiesel recognized for exemplary safety record

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Western Dubuque Biodiesel, a 30 MMgy manufacturing plant in Farley, Iowa, has received recognition from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for achieving 1 million hours with zero lost-time accidents. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

GZ Energy to launch digital credit-trading platform in Q4

BY GZ Energy LLC GZX will provide renewable fuel market participants with a means to discreetly trade separated (K2) RINs, California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits, and Oregon Clean Fuels Program credits without the participation of a broker. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

Charlotte Water reduces GHG emissions with renewable diesel

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Charlotte Water, the largest public water and wastewater utility in the Southeast, is expanding its commitment to environmental sustainability with a pilot project to run dozens of its vehicles on cleaner-burning renewable diesel produced by REG. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Minnesota governor signs order establishing biofuels council

BY Erin VoegeleMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an order establishing a biofuels council to advise the governor and state agencies on the role of biofuels in reducing GHGs and recommend policy and budget proposals to foster growth in biofuel production and use. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Heating oil industry commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

BY New England Fuel Institute The Northeast’s heating oil industry has resolved to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. The new resolution calls for a 15 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2023, a 40 percent reduction by 2030, and net-zero-carbon emissions by 2050. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

Trump administration expected to announce SRE deal soon

BY Erin VoegeleThe Trump administration is soon expected to update the existing RFS proposal to increase 2020 RVOs, a move designed to quell outrage from the ag and biofuel communities over the administration’s treatment of small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Colorado to evaluate feasibility of LCFS program

BY Erin VoegeleColorado has taken an initial step toward considering the establishment of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Colorado Energy Office issued a documented quote (DQ) Sept. 11 inviting bids from independent contractors to conduct an LCFS feasibility study. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Cape Cod Biofuels founder receives environmental merit award

BY Ron KotrbaAndrew Davison, founder of Cape Cod Biofuels, was presented an environmental merit award by the U.S. EPA Sept. 10 for his unique, circular biodiesel business model that improves the air and water and increases energy and community resilience. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Crown opens new Global Headquarters and Innovation Center

BY Crown Iron Works After years of planning and eight months of construction, Crown Iron Works unveils its new Global Headquarters and Innovation Center in Blaine, Minnesota. The 68,000 square-foot, $12 million facility includes classrooms, a pilot plant and much more. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Diamond Green Diesel evaluates new 400 MMgy plant in Texas

BY Darling Ingredients Inc. If plans proceed, this would be the first renewable diesel plant in Texas and would boost DGD’s production to 1.1 billion gallons per year, solidifying its position as the largest U.S. renewable diesel producer and second largest in the world. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Biodiesel producer testifies at hearing on clean energy jobs

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, led a hearing Sept. 10 on growing the clean energy economy as chairwoman of the RATE subcommittee. Finkenauer invited Iowan Tom Brooks, general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa, to testify. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Biodiesel cos., assns. ask Pres. Trump to save small producers

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board and 33 members sent a letter to President Trump asking that he save small biodiesel producers harmed by small refinery exemptions to RFS. The letter also highlights additional policy headwinds impacting the industry. READ MORE

September 09, 2019

Port approves 90-acre lease with Next Renewable Fuels

BY The Port of Columbia County The Port of Columbia County Commissioners approved in early September a long-term ground lease with Next Renewable Fuels for a 90-acre industrial site at Port Westward, Oregon, for an advanced green diesel production facility. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

Court ruling fuels frustration over small refinery exemptions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The court dismissed NBB’s petition because the biofuel industry did not comment on the topic and provide EPA opportunity to address them. The court declined to examine EPA’s flood of small refinery exemptions but left room for future challenges. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Gevo develops low-carbon, no-particulate renewable diesel

BY Gevo Inc. Renewable fuels and chemical manufacturer Gevo Inc. announced Sept. 4 that it has developed proprietary, breakthrough processes that convert either low-carbon isobutanol or low-value fusel oils, byproducts of fermentation, into renewable diesel. READ MORE

September 03, 2019

Opinion research shows RFS policy support is key Iowa voter issue

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board New public opinion research shows 78 percent of voters in Iowa support expanding biofuel usage in the U.S. through the federal RFS. In addition, 77 percent said it’s important to them that the president keep his promises on supporting the RFS. READ MORE

August 30, 2019

Court ruling yields mixed results for US biodiesel industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board expressed disappointment in a court ruling that upholds the U.S. EPA’s method for setting biomass-based diesel volumes in the 2017 RFS rules. On the other hand, the court agreed that refiners are not harmed by RIN costs. READ MORE

August 30, 2019

DC Dept. of Public Works receives award for fleet use of biofuels

BY DC Department of Public Works On Aug. 28, Washington, D.C.’s Department of Public Works, on behalf of the Bowser administration, received a Fleet Leadership Award for its use of clean fuels in district vehicles by the Greater Washington Clean Cities Coalition. READ MORE

August 29, 2019

Comment period on proposed 2020-’21 RFS RVOs closes Aug. 30

BY Erin VoegeleThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations under the RFS and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel have just days to do so. The public comment period on the proposed rule closes Aug. 30. READ MORE

August 28, 2019

Neste opens 3 additional cardlock fueling sites in California

BY Ron KotrbaNeste has opened three new commercial fueling sites in California where drivers can refuel on the company’s branded renewable diesel. The three new sites in San Jose, Keyes and Ripon follow the opening of the San Leandro fueling station in March. READ MORE

August 27, 2019

2 new Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel leaders selected

BY The National Biodiesel Board Sam Kramer, a chemical engineering and economics undergraduate student at Iowa State University, and Kayla Tilton, a master’s student of public health at National University in San Diego, were recently selected as new co-chairs of the NGSB program. READ MORE

August 26, 2019

Scientists discover how some algae harness solar energy

BY Rutgers University The Rutgers University-led discovery, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could help lead to more efficient and affordable algae-based biofuels and combat climate change from fossil fuel burning. READ MORE