Policy

March 12, 2020

Biofuel production still powers Iowa economy despite tough times

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A new study by ABF Economics commissioned by the IRFA finds that, despite challenges, Iowa biofuel production continues to have a significant impact on Iowa’s economy, supporting more than 48,000 jobs and more than $2.4 billion in household income. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Executive order expands Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleOregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order March 10 that sets a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and outlines several steps the state will take to combat climate change, including expanding Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

Court extends deadline to challenge SRE ruling until March 24

BY Erin VoegeleThe Trump administration will have 15 additional days to decide whether to challenge a Jan. 24 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Wheeler hopes EPA response to SRE ruling quells RIN price spikes

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency will soon announce its response to a recent court ruling that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) and expressed hope that the announcement will quell recent RIN price spikes. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Biodiesel supporters urge Iowa lawmakers to extend fuel tax break

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa biodiesel producers, soybean farmers and other supporters took to the State Capitol March 4 to ask lawmakers to extend a break in fuel tax for B11 or higher biodiesel blends, which has almost tripled the number of retailers carrying biodiesel. READ MORE

March 03, 2020

Brazil diesel fuel now contains minimum of 12 percent biodiesel

BY Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis The minimum content of biodiesel in Brazil’s diesel fuel went from 11 to 12 percent March 1, as established by regulations to increase by 1 percent a year until hitting 15 percent in March 2023. In September, bio content went from 10 to 11 percent. READ MORE

March 03, 2020

Colorado fraudster sentenced for biodiesel tax credit scheme

BY U.S. Department of Justice Colorado resident Matthew Taylor was sentenced to 83 months in prison Feb. 28 for his role in a biodiesel tax credit fraud scheme that bilked the U.S. government out of more than $7 million between 2010 and 2013. Taylor was indicted in June 2018. READ MORE

February 28, 2020

NBB applauds Perdue’s leadership on higher biodiesel blends

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement of $100 million funding for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants, approximately $14 million of which will go to support biodiesel blending. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Wheeler: EPA will release new guidance on SRE program soon

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Feb. 27 the agency will soon issue new guidance on the RFS’s small refinery exemption (SRE) program related to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s Jan. 27 ruling that struck down three SREs. READ MORE

February 26, 2020

Sens. Udall, Grassley introduce bill targeting Big Oil subsidies

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced legislation that aims to update the nation’s antiquated public lands royalty system and ensure taxpayers get fair returns on leases of public lands for oil and gas production. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

EcoEngineers opens California office, hires Hartley from Agron

BY Ron KotrbaEcoEngineers has opened a new office in California to capitalize on the need for compliance, auditing and regulatory services in the western carbon markets, where growth in low-carbon fuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel and biogas is booming. READ MORE

February 24, 2020

EPA: 23 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data Feb. 21, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019, bringing the total number of petitions filed up to 23. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Sens. Ernst, Grassley urge IRS to pay BTC claims quickly

BY Ron KotrbaSens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa are urging the Internal Revenue Service to quickly process 2018-’19 biodiesel tax credit (BTC) claims after Congress reinstated the incentive retroactively from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2022. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

IRS revises Form 8849 Schedule 3 for 2018-’19 BTC claims

BY Ron KotrbaOn Feb. 14 the IRS issued a revised Form 8849 Schedule 3 necessary to file claims for the $1 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit for 2018 and 2019. The IRS issued guidance Jan. 15 on the special one-time claim procedure. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

Sustainable biofuels from crops must be part of EU’s ‘Green Deal’

BY UFOP Sustainable biofuels from cultivated biomass must be a part of the overall strategy toward the decarbonization of the agricultural and transport sectors. UFOP Chairman Wolfgang Vogel emphasized this in a letter to members of the European Parliament. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

President Trump signs USMCA trade deal into law, Canada to follow

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Donald Trump signed the USMCA agreement into law Jan. 29, a trade deal supplanting the North American Free Trade Agreement that has been in effect for the past 26 years. Mexico has already acted on USMCA and Canada is expected to soon. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

Manitoba to increase biodiesel, ethanol blend requirements

BY Ron KotrbaManitoba will increase the biodiesel content requirement in diesel fuel from 2 to 5 percent and the ethanol requirement in gasoline from 8.5 to 10 percent. Industry, stakeholder and citizen consultations will take place in the coming months. READ MORE

January 28, 2020

Court strikes down 3 small refinery exemptions approved by US EPA

BY The Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union and National Corn Growers Association In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the U.S. EPA’s approach to granting SREs under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit struck down three exemptions Jan. 24 that were improperly issued by EPA. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

New US biodiesel industry vision lays out 2030, 2050 use targets

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s vision for the U.S. biodiesel industry includes ensuring the fuel be recognized for its superior performance characteristics, and growing its use to more than 6 billion gallons by 2030 and 15 billion gallons by 2050. READ MORE

January 20, 2020

Study addresses deforestation, confirms benefits of US biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation The latest research from economic modeling experts at Purdue University shows the impacts of U.S. biofuel policy on deforestation in Southeast Asia are insignificant . The new research also confirms there is no shortage of feedstock or farmland. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

IRS publishes guidance on claiming 2018-’19 biodiesel tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaThe IRS published guidance Jan. 15 for companies seeking to claim the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit for 2018-’19. The IRS is providing a 180-day period for companies to claim retroactive tax credits, beginning Feb. 14 and ending Aug. 11. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Shaw says IRFA ready, willing to work with EPA in 2020

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association At the 2020 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Jan. 16, IRFA executive director Monte Shaw addressed attendees on the state of the Iowa biofuels industry, characterizing it as frustrated but focused on moving forward, working cooperatively with EPA in 2020. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

President Trump signs Phase 1 trade agreement with China

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Trump signed the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China Jan. 15, a move expected to deescalate trade tensions between the two countries while reopening key markets for U.S. farmers. Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans remain in place. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

Washington Gov. Inslee urges state to adopt Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleWashington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Port of Seattle Jan. 10 to call on the state legislature to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard during its 2020 legislative session. He was joined by Alaska Airlines, which has announced its support for the program. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

GAO to investigate EPA’s misuse of small refinery exemptions

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Abby Finkenauer announced the Government Accountability Office will begin an investigation into the U.S. EPA’s granting of SRE waivers to the RFS. This investigation is a result of Finkenauer leading a bipartisan request to the GAO. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

Inside NBB: The Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board In November, the NBB released a new report, “The Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit,” written by ABF Economics. It explains how tax and RIN credit values are crucial in helping biodiesel producers compete with petroleum and expand production. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

Inside NBB: NYC is Heating Up with America’s Advanced Biofuel

BY The National Biodiesel Board NYC requires all city fleet vehicles and equipment to use B20 biodiesel from April through November, and B5 from December through March. However, biodiesel has performed so successfully that the city has started some B20 use year-round. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

USDA issues final rule for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule Dec. 27 for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. A proposed rule was first issued in April 2010. An interim rule published in February 2011 was in effect for the past nine years. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Inside NBB: National Voter Survey Shows Strong Support for Biodiesel Industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board Each year the NBB conducts online surveys of U.S. voters to track trends and gauge awareness of biodiesel. This year the poll gathered responses from 1,064 registered voters and showed consistent results with prior polling from 2017 and 2018. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Opinion: A Vision for Biodiesel

BY Donnell Rehagen The theme this year for the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is Vision 2020, and it is fitting for many reasons. First, it’s critical that any industry have a clear and complete vision of what it wants to accomplish. READ MORE