North America

January 30, 2020

Detailing the data behind the latest US biodiesel quality report

BY Ron KotrbaTeresa Alleman, a senior fuel chemist with National Renewable Energy Laboratory, made her first appearance on the stage in several years at the National Biodiesel Conference in Tampa to discuss the biodiesel industry’s latest fuel quality report. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

President Trump signs USMCA trade deal into law, Canada to follow

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Donald Trump signed the USMCA agreement into law Jan. 29, a trade deal supplanting the North American Free Trade Agreement that has been in effect for the past 26 years. Mexico has already acted on USMCA and Canada is expected to soon. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

Manitoba to increase biodiesel, ethanol blend requirements

BY Ron KotrbaManitoba will increase the biodiesel content requirement in diesel fuel from 2 to 5 percent and the ethanol requirement in gasoline from 8.5 to 10 percent. Industry, stakeholder and citizen consultations will take place in the coming months. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

HollyFrontier picks HydroFlex tech for renewable diesel process

BY Ron KotrbaHollyFrontier announced it has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex process technology for production of renewable diesel at its Navajo refinery in Artesia, New Mexico. The 125 MMgy project is expected to cost $350 million and be operating in early 2022. READ MORE

January 28, 2020

Young scientists present next-gen biodiesel research in Tampa

BY Ron KotrbaStudent scientists from universities across the country converged in Tampa, Florida, at the National Biodiesel Conference to showcase their work as part of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. Four presented their work on a panel. READ MORE

January 28, 2020

Court strikes down 3 small refinery exemptions approved by US EPA

BY The Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union and National Corn Growers Association In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the U.S. EPA’s approach to granting SREs under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit struck down three exemptions Jan. 24 that were improperly issued by EPA. READ MORE

January 24, 2020

2020 Eye on Biodiesel winners showcase an image of success

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to biodiesel. The commercial biodiesel industry wouldn’t be where it is today without them. Here are the 2020 recipients. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

Grants help WPI professor hone bio-oil process from mixed waste

BY Sharon Gaudin WPI associate professor Michael Timko has been awarded a $2 million grant from DOE and $275,000 from MCEC to expand his earlier research to mix food waste with municipal green waste and, through hydrothermal liquefaction, make an energy-dense oil. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

New US biodiesel industry vision lays out 2030, 2050 use targets

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s vision for the U.S. biodiesel industry includes ensuring the fuel be recognized for its superior performance characteristics, and growing its use to more than 6 billion gallons by 2030 and 15 billion gallons by 2050. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Phillips 66, REG cancel Washington renewable diesel project

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Phillips 66 and REG are discontinuing their joint effort to construct a large-scale renewable diesel plant in Ferndale, Washington, the companies announced Jan. 21. The project has been canceled due to permitting delays and uncertainties. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Diesel fleets will continue to thrive with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Conference & Expo attendees in Tampa Jan. 21 received a glimpse into the future as industry leaders from the Fuels Institute, NTEA and major OEMs mapped out the road ahead for the freight and transportation industries. READ MORE

January 20, 2020

Study addresses deforestation, confirms benefits of US biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation The latest research from economic modeling experts at Purdue University shows the impacts of U.S. biofuel policy on deforestation in Southeast Asia are insignificant . The new research also confirms there is no shortage of feedstock or farmland. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

IRS publishes guidance on claiming 2018-’19 biodiesel tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaThe IRS published guidance Jan. 15 for companies seeking to claim the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit for 2018-’19. The IRS is providing a 180-day period for companies to claim retroactive tax credits, beginning Feb. 14 and ending Aug. 11. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Shaw says IRFA ready, willing to work with EPA in 2020

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association At the 2020 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Jan. 16, IRFA executive director Monte Shaw addressed attendees on the state of the Iowa biofuels industry, characterizing it as frustrated but focused on moving forward, working cooperatively with EPA in 2020. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

President Trump signs Phase 1 trade agreement with China

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Trump signed the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China Jan. 15, a move expected to deescalate trade tensions between the two countries while reopening key markets for U.S. farmers. Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans remain in place. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

Diamond Oil Co. receives biodiesel award from Iowa ag secretary

BY FUELIowa Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented Elliott Oil Co. of Ottumwa and Diamond Oil Company Inc. of Des Moines with the 2020 Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards at the FUELIowa annual meeting in Des Moines Jan. 14. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

Washington Gov. Inslee urges state to adopt Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleWashington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Port of Seattle Jan. 10 to call on the state legislature to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard during its 2020 legislative session. He was joined by Alaska Airlines, which has announced its support for the program. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

GAO to investigate EPA’s misuse of small refinery exemptions

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Abby Finkenauer announced the Government Accountability Office will begin an investigation into the U.S. EPA’s granting of SRE waivers to the RFS. This investigation is a result of Finkenauer leading a bipartisan request to the GAO. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

In Depth: Coming Full Circle

BY Ron KotrbaCelebrating 25 years, the Hawaii-based company that has built biodiesel plants across the U.S. and Japan has gone back to its roots, focusing on sustainability and local energy independence for the archipelago. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

In Depth: 2020 Biodiesel Plant Map Reflections

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine highlights industry changes as discovered during the 2020 U.S. & Canada Biodiesel Plant Map data collection efforts. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

Inside NBB: The Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board In November, the NBB released a new report, “The Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit,” written by ABF Economics. It explains how tax and RIN credit values are crucial in helping biodiesel producers compete with petroleum and expand production. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

Inside NBB: NYC is Heating Up with America’s Advanced Biofuel

BY The National Biodiesel Board NYC requires all city fleet vehicles and equipment to use B20 biodiesel from April through November, and B5 from December through March. However, biodiesel has performed so successfully that the city has started some B20 use year-round. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

USDA issues final rule for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule Dec. 27 for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. A proposed rule was first issued in April 2010. An interim rule published in February 2011 was in effect for the past nine years. READ MORE

January 01, 2020

Inside NBB: Florida is Fueled with Biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Florida Power & Light Co. embraces environmental stewardship as a core value and has used biodiesel fuel regularly for nearly 20 years—one vital component of its corporate responsibility strategy. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

EU produces a third of global biomass-based diesel output

BY Ron KotrbaGlobal biodiesel, renewable diesel and coprocessed renewable diesel production reached 41 million metric tons in 2018, or roughly 12.3 billion gallons, according to UFOP. The EU’s share was 34 percent, or approximately 4.2 billion gallons. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Inside NBB: National Voter Survey Shows Strong Support for Biodiesel Industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board Each year the NBB conducts online surveys of U.S. voters to track trends and gauge awareness of biodiesel. This year the poll gathered responses from 1,064 registered voters and showed consistent results with prior polling from 2017 and 2018. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Opinion: A Vision for Biodiesel

BY Donnell Rehagen The theme this year for the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is Vision 2020, and it is fitting for many reasons. First, it’s critical that any industry have a clear and complete vision of what it wants to accomplish. READ MORE

December 24, 2019

USDA seeks applications for advanced biofuel payment program

BY Erin Voegele The USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service published a notice on Dec. 18 seeking applications from biofuel producers under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which provides quarterly payments to producers of qualified advanced biofuels. READ MORE

December 20, 2019

Historic 5-year extension of biodiesel tax credit signed into law

BY Ron KotrbaThe biodiesel industry achieved a monumental milestone Dec. 20 when President Donald Trump signed into law a new budget deal that includes an historic five-year extension of the $1 per gallon blenders tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

Trump’s EPA yet again hurts farmers, biofuels in final RFS rule

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. EPA released its final rule for the 2020 RFS and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2021. The agency is keeping biodiesel volumes flat while providing little surety that future small refinery exemptions will be properly accounted for. READ MORE