North America

June 11, 2019

NBB members gather to discuss policy with Capitol Hill offices

BY The National Biodiesel Board More than 70 National Biodiesel Board members are fanning out across the nation’s capital June 11 to meet with 130 congressional offices and discuss the status of the biodiesel tax incentive and the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 07, 2019

Dave Matthews Band designated UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

BY The UN Environment Programme For its powerful environmental advocacy and engagement of its fan base to take action for the planet, the UN Environment Programme has designated Dave Matthews Band as a Goodwill Ambassador. Biodiesel is an integral part of the band’s efforts. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

United Airlines makes history June 5 with ‘Flight for the Planet’

BY Erin VoegeleUnited Airlines’ Flight for the Planet June 5 is the most ecofriendly commercial flight of its kind in aviation history. The flight was fueled with biofuel and featured zero carbon waste efforts, carbon offsetting and operational efficiencies. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

REG completes sale of Life Sciences assets to Genomatica

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced June 6 that it completed the sale of substantially all assets of REG Life Sciences to Genomatica on May 29. REG acquired the business in 2014 and advanced technology development with ExxonMobil and Clariant. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Neste, PANYNJ collaborate to facilitate use of sustainable fuels

BY Neste Corp. Renewable diesel and biojet fuel producer Neste Corp. and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have signed a memorandum of understanding on its joint sustainable fuel initiative to ultimately increase use of biofuels in fleets and equipment. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

Western Iowa Energy announces Monarch Fueling Station Project

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Western Iowa Energy announced May 29 it is moving forward with the establishment of a Monarch Fueling Station at its plant near Wall Lake. The monarch habitat will span roughly four acres. WIE will spray to eradicate nonnative grasses this June. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

EPA finalizes E15 rule, steps back approach to RIN market reform

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released its final E15/RIN market reform rule May 31. The rule extends the 1-pound-per-square-inch RVP waiver to E15. It also includes some reforms to the RIN compliance system, although those changes are less severe than proposed. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

State legislature comes through for Northwest Minnesota farmers

BY Ron KotrbaThe Minnesota state legislature approved $5 million in funding for a Soy Innovation Campus in Crookston, Minnesota. Among other important attributes, the campus will feature Epitome Energy’s 30 MMgy biodiesel production facility and crush plant. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

NYC chief fleet officer awarded for sustainability efforts

BY Ron KotrbaKeith Kerman, New York City’s chief fleet officer and deputy commissioner for the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, was honored May 23 with a Sloan Public Service Award for his extensive environmental and sustainability efforts. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

BP to supply Next Renewable Fuels with renewable diesel feedstock

BY Next Renewable Fuels Inc. Next Renewable Fuels and BP Products North America have entered into a long-term feedstock supply agreement whereby Next will purchase approximately 13.2 million barrels per year of renewable feedstocks for its planned Oregon renewable diesel plant. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Bipartisan House bill introduced to stop EPA from undermining RFS

BY The Office of Rep. Collin Peterson U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and Dusty Johnson and co-chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus introduced a bill May 23 that establishes a June 1 deadline for refineries to submit SRE petitions from their RFS obligations and increases transparency. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

United Airlines, World Energy renew biojet fuel supply contract

BY Ron KotrbaUnited Airlines renewed its biojet fuel supply contract with World Energy, which will deliver up to 10 million gallons of aviation biofuel over the next two years. United Airlines uses the biofuel in every flight departing its Los Angeles hub. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Alt fuels displace 3.3 billion gallons of petro diesel under LCFS

BY The California Air Resources Board New data from CARB indicates that the LCFS continues to drive production of a growing volume of cleaner transportation fuels for California consumers. To date almost 3.3 billion gallons of petro diesel have been displaced by low-carbon alternatives. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Ag groups ask Congress to immediately extend biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board Thirteen trade groups representing farmers, rural lenders, crop and biobased oil producers, and biodiesel producers wrote leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate May 22, asking them to take action by extending the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

US EPA delivers RFS ‘reset’ rule to White House OMB for review

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA delivered its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard “reset” rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget May 20. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

Court rejects ABFA request for injunction on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleA U.S. appeals court denied a motion filed by the Advanced Biofuels Association last month seeking an injunction to prevent EPA from granting additional small refinery exemptions under RFS until its pending lawsuit with the agency is resolved. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

High Plains Bioenergy rebrands as Seaboard Energy

BY Ron KotrbaHigh Plains Bioenergy and its biodiesel marketing division HPB Biodiesel Inc., subsidiaries of Seaboard Corp. and owner of two U.S. biodiesel plants, have changed names to Seaboard Energy Marketing Inc. Its biodiesel plant names have also changed. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Task forces to find long-term solutions to temporary tax policy

BY The Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden announced the formation of several bipartisan task forces to examine temporary tax provisions that expired, or will expire, between Dec. 31, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2019. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Biodiesel ambassador named to Mich. Environmental Hall of Fame

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board applauds biodiesel ambassador Chris Case for his lifetime commitment to environmental stewardship, which has earned him a place in the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony took place May 15. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

Secrets of secretion: Isolating eucalyptus genes for oil, biofuel

BY Michigan Technological University Michigan Tech’s Carsten Külheim has spent the past 10 years of his career studying eucalyptus. In particular, Külheim studies terpenes, organic compounds found in the leaves. The right terpenes can be used for essential oils or biofuel production. READ MORE

May 13, 2019

National Biodiesel Foundation tours NYC’s sustainable side

BY Paul Winters The National Biodiesel Foundation hosted a small group of congressional staffers April 26 on a tour of New York City. The annual tour educates congressional staff about the city’s use of biodiesel as a key part of meeting its environmental goals. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

EPA delivers proposed 2020-’21 RVOs, ‘other RFS changes’ to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has delivered a proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule also includes the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel and other changes to the program. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

REG, Broco Oil Co. announce Bioheat partnership in Massachusetts

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. and Broco Oil Co. are partnering to provide cleaner fuel options to heating oil dealers in the Northeast. The companies are working together to provide a state-of-the-art blending facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

REG: Gallons sold up in Q1, buyer for Life Sciences identified

BY Erin VoegeleRenewable Energy Group released Q1 2019 results May 2, reporting a significant increase in biofuel gallons produced. REG also reported it has identified a buyer for its Life Sciences division and is working to expand renewable diesel capacity. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

US DOE announces $79 million for bioenergy research, development

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE announced May 3 more than $79 million in funding for bioenergy research and development including biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. This supports DOE’s goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

German biofuel maker to buy Atlantic Biodiesel plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaA Canadian subsidiary of Germany-based Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG signed a contract May 2 to purchase Atlantic Biodiesel Corp.’s biodiesel production facility in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The plant is the former Great Lakes Biodiesel facility. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Velocys announces close-out of cellulosic diesel joint venture

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys announced April 29 the successful close-out of its Envia joint venture. The project was used to demonstrate the company’s Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquids technology. Operations at the plant were suspended in September 2018. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

Iowa biodiesel industry calls ‘mayday’ at Capitol Hill rally

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa Congressional leaders and members of the Iowa Biodiesel Board took part in a Capitol Hill rally May 1 in support of getting the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit renewed. The National Biodiesel Board hosted the event on the Senate Swamp. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

Biodiesel plays active role in food waste reduction

BY The National Biodiesel Board The USDA, FDA and EPA recently announced April as Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month and the National Biodiesel Board sees biodiesel as an active player in reduction. Billions of pounds of food waste is made into biodiesel each year. READ MORE

April 30, 2019

NBB opposes RIN reform proposals, supports opening market to E15

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed formal comments April 29 on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to modify fuel regulations to allow E15 and to modify the RIN market regulations. While NBB supports E15, it said RIN market reforms are unnecessary. READ MORE