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April 02, 2019

Inside NBB: Federal Affairs Efforts Remain Key Focus in 2019

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board continues to work closely with its members and allies to advocate federal policies that support growth of the industry. Securing an extension of the expired biodiesel tax credit is an urgent priority. READ MORE

April 01, 2019

Opinion: Thank You, Biodiesel Industry

BY Donnell Rehagen Thank you to all of everyone who helped make our industry a success last year. We may have a lot on our plate this year, but we are prepared to lead the challenge and work alongside all of you to advocate for American biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

March 29, 2019

Opinion: Eye on the Editor

BY Joe Jobe Ron Kotrba, your editor of Biodiesel Magazine since 2009 who’s been writing for the publication since 2005, was recognized with NBB’s 2019 Influence Award. It seemed this was a good opportunity for his many readers to get to know more about him. READ MORE

March 29, 2019

Nat’l Biodiesel Board asks EPA to reform SREs at public hearing

BY The National Biodiesel Board Representatives from NBB and its member companies testified at U.S. EPA’s public hearing March 29 on the proposed modifications to fuel regulations to provide flexibility for E15, and to elements of the RIN compliance system. READ MORE

March 29, 2019

US EPA approves another 2017 small refinery exemption to RFS

BY Erin VoegeleData released March 28 by U.S. EPA indicate the agency has approved another small refinery exemption under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2017, bringing the total number of approved waivers for the compliance year to 35. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

Grants available for Minn. bioenergy/biochemical pilot projects

BY Ron KotrbaApplications are being accepted in Minnesota for the AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant to provide funding for advancing a bioenergy or biochemical production technology beyond bench or proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

73 biodiesel cos., stakeholders ask Congress to extend tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board, its member companies and stakeholder organizations delivered a letter to House leaders, urging them to make a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive an urgent priority. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

US soy leaders push for trade, biodiesel on Capitol Hill

BY Ron KotrbaAlthough lawmakers were not in session, soy growers met with legislative staff on Capitol Hill to push for completion of the USMCA trade agreement, implementation of the Farm Bill and reinstatement of the lapsed biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

US EPA schedules hearing March 29 on proposed E15/RIN reform rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing on its proposed E15/RIN reform rule on March 29 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. Those who wish to testify must contact the agency by March 26. READ MORE

March 18, 2019

Celebrating National Biodiesel Day with biodiesel success stories

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Day takes place March 18, in honor of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday. This year, the National Biodiesel Board celebrates a few of the many biodiesel champions who helped make this industry the success it is today. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

Minn. celebrates 17 years since biodiesel mandate was enacted

BY Ron KotrbaMarch 15, 2002, was a landmark day for biodiesel. Seventeen years ago, Minnesota enacted the nation’s first biodiesel mandate, which went into effect in 2005. Today, 20 percent biodiesel is required in all No. 2 diesel sold April through September. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

EPA grants more RFS waivers, undercuts add’l demand for biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. EPA retroactively granted five new small refinery exemptions for 2017, releasing them from their obligations under the RFS. The five new small refinery exemptions reduced the 2017 RVO for biomass-based diesel by an additional 48 million gallons. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Soy, biodiesel drive ISA leader-legislator visits in Springfield

BY The Illinois Soybean Association Soybean farmers and other representatives of the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program shared lattes and talked with legislators and staff about environmental and economic impacts of biodiesel at the Illinois State Capitol March 13. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Washington State House passes Clean Fuel Standard

BY The National Biodiesel Board On March 12, Washington—the Evergreen State—showed its true colors when the House of Representatives passed a bill designed to reduce transportation GHG emissions 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below those same levels by 2035. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

US EPA releases E15, RIN market reform proposed rule

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA released its proposed rule March 12 for year-round E15 sales and reforms to the RIN market. Much of EPA’s proposed RIN market reforms apply only to D6 ethanol RINs, although EPA is accepting comments on this narrow applicability. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

NBB submits biodiesel tax credit testimony to House subcommittee

BY The National Biodiesel Board Kurt Kovarik, vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board, submitted written testimony March 12 to the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee for a hearing on temporary policy in the IRS code. READ MORE

March 11, 2019

Chicago Area Clean Cities to host Green Drives Conference May 16

BY Chicago Area Clean Cities Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition invites commercial and government fleets, community leaders and the public to attend its eighth annual Green Drives Conference & Expo May 16 in Naperville, Illinois. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

2019 NTEA fleet outlook shows cont’d strong demand for biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board For the third time in four years, fleets surveyed in NTEA’s Fleet Purchasing Outlook named biodiesel as their top alternative fuel choice, demonstrating once again that diesel engines powered by biodiesel are relied on as workhorses to get jobs done. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

Soy Innovation Campus to co-locate with new Minn. biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaThe Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council plans to co-locate its new Soy Innovation Campus with Epitome Energy LLC’s proposed 30 MMgy biodiesel production and soybean crush facility in Northwest Minnesota, in the town of Crookston. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

Construction begins in Illinois on REG’s 1st fueling station

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group held an open house March 1 in Seneca, Illinois, to celebrate the start of construction on the company’s first diesel fueling station. REG owns and operates a 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Seneca. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

Biodiesel supporters demonstrate policy success at Iowa Capitol

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board More than 75 biodiesel supporters took to the Iowa State Capitol March 7 to remind lawmakers just how well their comprehensive state policies on biodiesel have worked. More than half of Iowa’s diesel supply today contains biodiesel. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Calif. biodiesel group urges House leaders to act on tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaCalifornia biodiesel producers, blenders and industry stakeholders sent House leaders a letter March 6 urging them to renew the biodiesel tax credit. The House ways and means committee will hold a hearing March 12 related to temporary tax provisions. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

REG to sell life sciences unit, confident BTC will be reinstated

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG announced its financial results for Q4 and all of 2018. In the release, CJ Warner, president and CEO, said she is confident Congress will reinstate the blenders tax credit. REG's board has also decided to pursue selling its life sciences unit. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

BY USDA The federal Biomass Research and Development Board unveiled a multiagency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

New life breathed into biodiesel tax credit on Capitol Hill

BY Ron KotrbaSens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden introduced the Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act of 2019 on Feb. 28. The questions for biodiesel producers and blenders now become whether this will make it to a floor vote, and how soon. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

Senators push for transparency in Argentina subsidy review

BY The National Biodiesel Board In a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 14 senators, the legislators ask the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop a complete record of Argentina’s biodiesel trade actions before determining whether revisiting the U.S. duties is warranted. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

XBX Exploring Biodiesel is back with 5 locations set for 2019

BY Ron KotrbaThe successful XBX Exploring Biodiesel regional seminar series that kicked off last year is back, with five free workshops in five different cities, starting March 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and wrapping up in Long Beach, California, this June. READ MORE

February 25, 2019

Harnessing top algae strains for bioenergy through collaboration

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Wanted: Algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. PNNL and its partners are offering collaboration opportunities. READ MORE

February 22, 2019

Rock House Advisors announces major expansion

BY Rock House Advisors Rock House Advisors, the business consulting firm founded by Joe Jobe—former longtime CEO of the National Biodiesel Board—is expanding. Mike Marsch has joined Rock House as senior vice president to further strengthen its leadership team. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

LSU grad student uses E. coli to create biodiesel feedstock

BY Louisiana State University Tatiana Mello of Piracicaba, Brazil, a mechanical engineering graduate student at Louisiana State University, is currently working on genetically engineering and optimizing E. coli to produce bioproducts, like biodiesel, in a cost-effective manner. READ MORE