North America

May 20, 2020

FAO vegetable oil price index falls to 8-month low

BY UFOP The April FAO price index for vegetable oils slipped 7.2 points, or 5.2 percent, compared to the previous month, to 131.8 points. This was the lowest level since August 2019 and also the third decline in three months running. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Biofuel feedstock reimbursement act introduced in US Senate

BY Ron KotrbaLegislation was introduced May 19 in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar, which would provide assistance to biofuel producers adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout from the health crisis. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

ACE 2020 conference, ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with FEW

BY The American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol announced that its 33rd annual conference will be held Aug. 25 in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

USDA accepting applications for HBIIP grants through Aug. 13

BY USDA USDA began accepting applications May 15 for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants for activities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. Online applications must be submitted by Aug. 13. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

US Supreme Court denies review of RFS point of obligation issue

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Supreme Court announced May 18 that it has denied a petition filed by Valero Energy asking the court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

W2Fuel targets June startup for Michigan, Iowa biodiesel plants

BY Ron Kotrba“It’s frustrating, but we’re doing the best we can,” W2Fuel President and CEO Roy Strom told Biodiesel Magazine, referring to the coronavirus pandemic and how the crisis is affecting the restart of his two biodiesel plants in Michigan and Iowa. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

SCS Global Services approved as verification body for Calif. LCFS

BY SCS Global Services SCS Global Services has been approved by the California Air Resources Board as a verification body for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The company has received approval from CARB to conduct audits remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

California refinery to be converted to produce renewable diesel

BY Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. Global Clean Energy Holdings has purchased an oil refinery in Bakersfield, California, for $40 million. The company plans to retool the refinery to produce renewable diesel. Startup of the retrofitted plant is expected to occur in late 2021. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

HEROES Act would provide COVID-19 relief payments to producers

BY Erin VoegeleA fourth COVID-19 stimulus package, the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act,” was introduced May 12 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill includes dedicated relief for biofuels producers. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

CVR Energy explores making renewable diesel to offset RIN costs

BY Erin VoegeleTexas-based oil refiner CVR Energy announced this month it is considering converting some of its refining units to renewable diesel production as a way to offset costs associated with Renewable Fuel Standard compliance. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

US farm, biofuel leaders petition Congress for COVID-19 relief

BY Fuels America America’s top biofuel and farm advocates, including the National Biodiesel Board and the American Soybean Association, called on legislative leaders to ensure the next round of COVID-19 relief does not overlook U.S. ethanol and biodiesel production. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Senators to Trump: Direct EPA to reject all calls to waive RFS

BY Ron KotrbaA bipartisan group of 24 U.S. senators, including Sens. Joni Ernst, Tina Smith, Chuck Grassley and Debbie Stabenow, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the EPA to swiftly reject recent petitions for a general waiver of the 2020 RFS. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

US commerce department maintains duties on Argentine biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board In its final determination of the “changed circumstances review” of AD and CVD orders on imports of Argentine biodiesel, the U.S. commerce department determined that there are no “changed circumstances” that would warrant changes in U.S. duty rates. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Verbio reports earnings up 15% over same period last year

BY Verbio AG Verbio reported an earnings improvement in its latest financial report. The primary drivers of the revenue and results trends in biodiesel in the reporting period were the increases in production and sales volumes thanks to an increase in capacity. READ MORE

May 04, 2020

Cost-shared grants to increase access to higher biodiesel blends

BY Ron KotrbaOf the $100 million USDA is making available, $14 million will be available to support infrastructure for biodiesel blends above 5 percent. The grants will match up to 50 percent of eligible costs or $5 million, whichever is lower. READ MORE

May 04, 2020

Greasezilla system for FOG separation expands into new markets

BY Greasezilla Greasezilla developer Downey Ridge Environmental reports its installed base is expanding beyond its traditional wastewater treatment and grease trap waste hauling sectors and into biodiesel production, AD, food processing and water reclamation. READ MORE

May 04, 2020

Neste closes acquisition of US-based Mahoney Environmental

BY Neste Corp. Neste has closed on its acquisition of the U.S.-based grease collection and recycling company Mahoney Environmental, following approval by regulatory authorities. Neste first announced its intention to acquire Mahoney Environmental in March. READ MORE

May 01, 2020

US biodiesel production reaches 132 million gallons in February

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. biodiesel production reached 132 million gallons in February, down 2 million gallons when compared to January, but up 1 million gallons when compared to February 2019, according to data released April 30 by the EIA. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

REG discusses Q1 impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleRenewable Energy Group Inc. released first quarter 2020 results April 30. While COVID-19 has had little impact on U.S. diesel demand, the company reported that the pandemic has significantly impacted feedstock markets. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

ADM discusses impacts of COVID-19 on ethanol, biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleADM held an earnings call to discuss Q1 results on April 30 and announced a partnership with Sazerac to increase hand sanitizer production. During the call, the company discussed the impact of COVID-19 on its operations, including biofuel production. READ MORE

April 29, 2020

Valero: Q1 loss for ethanol segment, profit for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleValero released first quarter 2020 financial results April 29. While the company’s operations are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the executive team confirmed that demand for transportation fuels is beginning to rebound. READ MORE

April 29, 2020

Americans for Prosperity urges Trump to waive 2020 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleA coalition of 24 organizations, including Americans for Prosperity, sent a letter to President Trump April 28 urging him to waive Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements for the remainder of the year. READ MORE

April 28, 2020

Bill authorizes $600 million to support biofuel infrastructure

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, announced April 28 the introduction of the Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020. The bill aims to provide funding for installing and converting fuel pump infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

April 28, 2020

Neste reports record renewable diesel production in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleNeste Corp. released first quarter financial results on April 24. The company reported a solid start to the year considering the negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and said renewable diesel production was at a record high. READ MORE

April 27, 2020

Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard regulations delayed by COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleThe Canadian government announced April 24 it will delay publication of proposed regulations for the liquid fuel class of its Clean Fuel Standard until fall 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 27, 2020

2020 FEW moved to Omaha, date changed to Aug. 24-26

BY BBI International BBI International has moved the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo and co-located Biodiesel Production Technology Summit to Omaha Aug. 24-26 due to COVID-19. The events were originally scheduled to be held in Minneapolis this June. READ MORE

April 22, 2020

Supreme Court to consider RFS point of obligation case on May 15

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider whether it will review a challenge to the Renewable Fuel Standard point of obligation on May 15. Court documents related to the challenge were distributed to the Justices on April 22. READ MORE

April 22, 2020

API petitions EPA to revise 2020 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe API on April 6 sent a letter to U.S EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler petitioning the agency to reconsider and revise its final rule that set 2020 RVOs under the RFS and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

April 21, 2020

Chicago suburban fleets recognized for B20 use

BY Illinois Soybean Association Two Chicago-area fleets rank among the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas, an annual list of the top public fleets in North and South America. Both fleets fuel their diesel vehciles with B20, according to the Illinois Soybean Association. READ MORE

April 20, 2020

Governors urge USDA to help biofuel producers survive COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleThe governors of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota sent a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue urging USDA to allocate funding to the biofuel sector to help address the economic harm and job losses that it is suffering due to COVID-19. READ MORE