North America

October 01, 2018

NATSO Alt Fuels Council unveils RFS RIN Management Service

BY NATSO Inc. NATSO and the Alternative Fuels Council launched a new RIN Management Service Oct. 1 designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program and manage their RINs. READ MORE

September 28, 2018

Biodiesel tax incentive extension receives bipartisan support

BY The National Biodiesel Board On Sept. 27 the National Biodiesel Board thanked 46 members of Congress—led by Rep. David Young, R-Iowa; and Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa—who voiced their strong support for a multiyear extension of the biodiesel tax incentive. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

10 years in, So. Carolina biodiesel producer expands, diversifies

BY Ron KotrbaWinnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuel, formerly known as Midlands Biofuels, has acquired an idle 40 MMgy biodiesel plant in Warrenville, South Carolina. The 10-year-old company is rapidly expanding and diversifying its offerings. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

Hero BX acquires biodiesel facility in Clinton, Iowa

BY Hero BX The former Clinton County Biodiesel facility in Clinton, Iowa, is officially under new ownership. Lake Erie Biofuels, dba Hero BX, purchased the assets of the facility from Tenaska Commodities LLC, an affiliate of Tenaska Inc., on Sept. 21. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

Escalating trade war will increase damage to US soybean farmers

BY The American Soybean Association The administration's decision to impose 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports—and China's subsequent retaliation on $60 billion of U.S. products—deepens and prolongs the trade war between the two countries. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

EPA updates RFS data to include refinery exemptions, RIN prices

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA has updated its Renewable Fuel Standard public data web pages to include the number of small refinery exemption petitions received, approved and denied each compliance year; and the weekly average price and volume of RINs traded. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Exploring Biodiesel series adds 2 new dates, venues

BY Ron KotrbaPreviously dubbed "Five Cities, One Vision," the Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) regional seminar series has added two new cities to its coast-to-coast tour—Newport, Rhode Island, on Sept. 24; and Syracuse, New York, on Sept. 27. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Pacific Biodiesel subsidiary launches natural sunscreen product

BY Ron KotrbaA wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel, Maiden Hawaii Naturals, has introduced Kuleana Sunscreen, a natural, reef-safe product. Made from plant-based oils, minerals and other natural ingredients, the sunscreen contains no harmful chemicals. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

'Next Gen Scientists for Biodiesel' program selects 2 new leaders

BY The National Biodiesel Board Shyam Paudel, a Ph.D. candidate at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and William Gray, a chemical engineering undergraduate at Rowan University, have been selected to help lead the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

World Energy, United launch longest transatlantic biofuels flight

BY World Energy LLC Renewable jet fuel producer World Energy announced its participation in United Airlines’ biofuel flight from San Francisco International Airport to Zurich Airport Sept. 14. The United Boeing 787 will be powered by a 30 percent blend of biojet fuel. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

Iowa Biodiesel Board elects leaders at regional annual meeting

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa biodiesel producer Tom Brooks of Western Dubuque Biodiesel will serve a third term as chair of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. The directors elected officers during the IBB and Nat'l Biodiesel Board Regional Annual Meeting Sept. 12-13 in Des Moines. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

NBB celebrates 10 years in green office space with ceremony

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB celebrated 10 years in its current Jefferson City, Missouri, office Sept. 10 and commemorated a decade of growth and milestones with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site, which was previously vacant and remodeled 10 years ago. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Arkansas biologist receives grant to improve biofuel production

BY The University of Arkansas NSF grant recipient Ruben Michael Ceballos, a biologist at the University of Arkansas, will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the process of turning organic material into fuel. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

Pacific Biodiesel receives grant for equipment, facility upgrades

BY Ron KotrbaPacific Biodiesel has received grant funding from the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. to help reimburse recent facility upgrades and equipment purchases at its biodiesel plant on the big island of Hawaii and waste oil collection center on Oahu. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

Several RIN, tax credit fraud cases move through courts in August

BY Ron KotrbaThree biodiesel-related cases have made justice department headlines in August, including an indictment against Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy executives for allegedly scheming to file more than $500 million in false tax credit claims. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

Senators urge EPA to boost RFS volumes, account for exemptions

BY Ron KotrbaA group of 39 U.S. senators is urging the U.S. EPA to increase volume obligations for biodiesel and overall advanced biofuels while also advising the agency to ensure any small refiner economic hardship exemptions are appropriately accounted for. READ MORE

August 22, 2018

National Biodiesel Board hires new communications manager

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomes a new addition, Communications Manager Samantha Turner, to its staff this week. Turner comes to NBB from Monsanto, where she served as the food and nutrition engagement communications manager. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

NBB shows US EPA higher 2020 biodiesel volumes are achievable

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2020, urging the EPA to increase volumes in both categories in the final RFS rule and to fully account for exemptions. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

NBB asks Farm Bill conferees to support biodiesel programs

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to leaders of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, reiterating the industry's strong support for passage of a new five-year Farm Bill that includes funding for programs that support biodiesel. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Global soybean production in 2018-’19 could reach record level

BY UFOP The USDA has raised its forecast considerably for 2018-’19 U.S. soybean production, now expecting a bumper crop. USDA projects world soybean production in 2018-’19 at 367 million metric tons, up 30 million tons year-on-year. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

In Depth: On the Road Again—Legally

BY Ron KotrbaJust over a year ago the future of B20 in California was uncertain, thanks to in-use requirements of the Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation, but as we’ve seen so many times, the biodiesel industry shone in the face of adversity. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Suncor helps Vancouver city fleet transition to renewable diesel

BY The City of Vancouver The City of Vancouver has entered into a new fuel contract with Suncor. All of the city's diesel vehicles will transition to 100 percent renewable diesel, reducing emissions to 50 percent below 2007 levels by the end of next year. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Opinion: NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Prioritizes Biodiesel Fuel Quality

BY Jeff Hove Alternative fuels such as biodiesel represent an important growth opportunity for fuel marketers nationwide. But for many fuel retailers, myriad state and federal regulations and incentives for alternative fuels can be complex and overwhelming. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

Inside NBB: NBB Highlights Benefits of Biodiesel at Exclusive Ford Fleet Preview Event

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board was honored to have received an invitation from Ford Motor Co. to attend and exhibit at its exclusive, invitation-only Ford Fleet Preview and Pool Account Meeting at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

In Depth: Biodiesel Firestarter

BY Ron KotrbaFrom garage batches to nationwide distribution, Escogo exemplifies American ingenuity and determination as an underdog that took on the establishment and, against all odds, is winning. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Opinion: A Decade Deep: Positioned, Poised & Prospering

BY Jamie O’Brien Rocked by the financial collapse of 2008, the son of a Boston bus driver and plumber who had no commodity or trading experience, and just a high school education, took a chance on becoming an entrepreneur in the biodiesel space. And it paid off. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Opinion: Targeted Outreach Efforts Lay Foundation for Industry Growth

BY Donnell Rehagan As the national trade association representing the entire biodiesel value chain, the National Biodiesel Board continually strives to identify new opportunities to educate and engage stakeholders on the wide-ranging benefits of biodiesel. READ MORE

August 08, 2018

At 13 years old, the RFS is still vital policy

BY Ron KotrbaAug. 8 marks the 13th anniversary of what some say is the most successful U.S. energy policy, the Renewable Fuel Standard. Under RFS2, biodiesel started with a meager 500-million-gallon requirement in 2009 and has grown to 2.1 billion gallons today. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

Hero BX buys South Roxana, Illinois, biodiesel plant at auction

BY Ron KotrbaHero BX has just closed on purchasing the former Midwest Biodiesel Products facility located in South Roxana, Illinois, which was auctioned this summer by Maas Companies Inc. Hero BX plans to upgrade the facility and reopen it early next year. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

Environmental assessment results good for Velocys' Miss. project

BY Velocys plc The USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the environmental assessment report for Velocys' planned Mississippi biorefinery. The company plans to build a cellulosic diesel refinery using locally sourced woody biomass waste. READ MORE