North America

August 26, 2019

Representatives urge GAO investigation into EPA’s RFS waivers

BY Erin VoegeleA dozen members of Congress led by Rep. Abby Finkenauer sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro Aug. 21 urging the U.S. Government Accountability Office to examine the review and approval of SREs under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 26, 2019

RFA: EPA ignored White House recommendation to reallocate SREs

BY The Renewable Fuels Association Documents obtained by the Renewable Fuels Association show that the U.S. EPA ignored strong recommendations from within the Trump administration to redistribute RFS blending obligations lost to small refinery exemptions in the proposed 2020 RVOs. READ MORE

August 22, 2019

Perdue memo shows efforts to regain farmer trust post SRE debacle

BY Erin Voegele and Ron Kotrba An email memo dated Aug. 20 from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue obtained by Biodiesel Magazine outlines several actions federal officials are considering in response to backlash over the U.S. EPA’s Aug. 9 approval of 31 small refinery exemptions. READ MORE

August 22, 2019

American GreenFuels slows production at New Haven facility

BY American GreenFuels LLC New England’s largest biodiesel producer announced a 50 percent reduction in production for Q4, citing market conditions attributed to uncertainty resulting from congressional inaction on the biodiesel tax credit and EPA’s gutting of the RFS. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

Rep. Axne requests investigation into EPA’s misuse of RFS waivers

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, sent a letter to U.S. EPA Acting Inspector General Charles Sheenhan Aug. 21 requesting investigation into the agency’s questionable decision-making and misuse of its small refinery exemption authority to benefit Big Oil. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

Biodiesel, soybean leaders ask Trump for meeting on RFS waivers

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen and American Soybean Association President Davie Stephens requested a meeting Aug. 21 with President Donald Trump to discuss small refinery exemptions and the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

Reynolds, Naig urge EPA to honor Trump’s promise to US farmers

BY Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sent a letter Aug. 21 to U.S. EPA Secretary Andrew Wheeler outlining the damaging effects of the 31 new small refinery waivers (SREs) undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 16, 2019

RFS waivers by Trump’s EPA push World Energy to close 3 plants

BY World Energy World Energy is closing three biodiesel plants in Georgia, Mississippi and Pennsylvania as a direct result of the Aug. 9 decision by Trump’s EPA to grant 31 new small refinery waivers from the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard to oil companies. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Neste introduces IMO 2020 fuel, announces new US partnership

BY Ron KotrbaNeste Corp. announced it will introduce a new fuel, Neste Marine 0.5, in the fourth quarter of this year, helping shippers comply with the IMO 2020 sulfur cap of 0.5 percent. The company also announced a partnership with McCall Companies in Oregon. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

The EPA continues to undermine biodiesel … and we’ve had enough

BY Donnell Rehagen Trump vowed to protect and defend American farmers. He calls them patriots. But his actions will put the biodiesel producers those same farmers depend on for their market, out of business. It’s having a devastating impact on rural communities. READ MORE

August 10, 2019

Biodiesel industry condemns EPA’s grant of 31 new RFS exemptions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board condemned the U.S. EPA’s granting of 31 retroactive small refinery exemptions for 2018 as a fundamental failure to uphold the RFS. The Trump administration’s actions represent a fundamental betrayal, according to the NBB. READ MORE

August 07, 2019

Renewable Energy Group reports Q2 financial results

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG’s revenues for the second quarter were $560.6 million on 197.4 million gallons of fuel sold. The company sold nearly 15 percent more fuel in Q2 this year compared to Q2 2018. Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter was negative $42.3 million. READ MORE

August 07, 2019

California approves B20 biodiesel in underground storage tanks

BY The National Biodiesel Board Through an effort lasting more than 10 years, the NBB, several member companies and the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance provided the state water board with data necessary to demonstrate B20 compatibility in underground storage tanks. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Finnair offers biofuel flights from San Francisco to Helsinki

BY Finnair On both Aug. 5 and Aug. 7, the Finnair flight departing San Francisco Airport bound for Helsinki, Finland, will be flown with a biofuel mix of 12 percent, reducing the total C02 emissions for the two flights by approximately 32 tons. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

NBB asks US EPA to raise 2020 RFS and 2021 biodiesel volumes

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Board executives criticized the EPA proposal for the 2020 RFS and 2021 biodiesel volumes in testimony at a hearing hosted by EPA in Michigan, emphasizing that the agency is sending a negative signal to the biodiesel industry. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

IBB implores US EPA to raise biodiesel gallons under RFS

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board At a July 31 hearing in Michigan, the chair of the Iowa Biodiesel Board and a farmer leader from the Iowa Soybean Association requested U.S. EPA to reconsider its proposed requirements for biodiesel under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 30, 2019

Comment period officially opens on 2020-’21 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set Renewable Fuel Standard 2020 RVOs and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel in the Federal Register July 29, officially opening a public comment period. Comments can be filed through Aug. 30. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

REG closing 15 MMgy biodiesel plant in New Boston, Texas

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group Inc. is closing its 15 MMgy biodiesel plant in New Boston, Texas, which the company acquired in 2012. REG is closing the multifeedstock facility due to challenging business conditions and continued federal policy uncertainty. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

‘Indomitus’ making its final appearance at Bandit Big Rig Series

BY The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council After more than a year in the North Star State, “Indomitus,” the truck built by the stars of Discovery’s Diesel Brothers, is returning to the DieselSellerz. Before the truck departs Minnesota, Indomitus is taking a final victory lap July 27. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

IHS Markit to deliver Canada’s carbon credit, tracking solution

BY IHS Markit IHS Markit announced July 23 it will deliver Canada’s federal carbon credit and tracking solution. The solution will reinforce Canada’s federal measures to mitigate emissions under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

First REG fueling station opens in Seneca, Illinois

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Construction on the around-the-clock, fully-automated station began earlier this year. Diesel customers from trucking fleets to local diesel vehicle owners will be able to fill up with biodiesel-blended fuel to conveniently reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

Ocean Park advises on sale of Atlantic Biodiesel to Verbio

BY Ocean Park Advisors LLC Atlantic Biodiesel Corp. recently closed on the sale of its Canadian biodiesel plant to Verbio Diesel Canada Corp. Ocean Park acted as exclusive financial advisor to Atlantic Biodiesel on the transaction. The deal was first announced in May. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

In Depth: Diesel’s Fuel Quality Imperative

BY Ron KotrbaAdvancements in diesel engine technology require a critical look at diesel fuel quality issues. READ MORE

July 14, 2019

Inside NBB: Ad Campaign Turns up the Volume on Biodiesel Impact

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s annual advertising campaign hit the airwaves in May with biodiesel education aimed to influence key decisionmakers on the many benefits of biodiesel. READ MORE

July 13, 2019

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Leaders Gather in DC to Amplify Industry Voice

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel advocates met this summer in Washington, D.C., as the National Biodiesel Board hosted its annual summer membership meeting June 10-12. This year’s meeting focused on integral association business and critical federal policy initiatives. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

Opinion: Making Connections in Biodiesel

BY Donnell Rehagen Trade shows and conferences are in full swing, with industry professionals pouring in to talk about what the future has in store. With all the talk being about carbon reduction and cleaner emissions, the future means biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

Inside NBB: Sustaining Environmental Stewardship with Biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board With continued and increased consumer interest in sustainable products, the National Biodiesel Board is taking the opportunity to spotlight biodiesel and its many ecofriendly benefits. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

US EPA proposes stalling 2021 biodiesel RVO at 2020 level

BY Erin Voegele and Ron Kotrba EPA proposes to set the 2020 RVO at 20.04 billion gallons, including 2.43 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel set last year. The agency proposes to keep the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel at 2020 levels, effectively stalling industry growth. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Commerce dept. gives Argentina break at expense of US producers

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s Fair Trade Coalition criticized the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision in a review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. If finalized, duties will be lowered significantly. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Senators aim to limit USDA influence over SRE decisions

BY Erin VoegeleSeveral U.S. senators representing oil producing and refining states are trying to limit Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s influence over the U.S. EPA’s process of evaluating small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE