Policy

January 17, 2019

Wheeler: E15, RFS rulemakings could be delayed by shutdown

BY Erin Voegele On Jan. 16, a U.S. Senate committee held a hearing on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to serve as EPA administrator after serving as acting administrator since Scott Pruitt stepped down. He discussed the government shutdown and possible delays. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

Iowa governor’s budget includes $3M for renewables infrastructure

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Gov. Kim Reynolds released her 2019 Iowa budget proposal Jan. 15. Included in her budget was $3 million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, which provides cost-share grants to help Iowa retailers offer higher blends of biofuels. READ MORE

January 11, 2019

Biodiesel can help Wash. cut fuel carbon intensity 16.5% by 2030

BY Ron KotrbaA new study commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists and conducted by independent research firm Cerulogy shows biodiesel and other biofuels can help Washington cut the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by up to 16.5 percent by 2030. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

California Fueling files suit over biodiesel NOx additive

BY California Fueling LLC California Fueling filed suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Best Energy Solutions and Technology Corp., dba “Best Corp.,” asserting claims for, among other things, unfair business practices under California’s Business & Professions Code. READ MORE

December 28, 2018

In Depth: Biodiesel’s Cutting Edge

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine profiles nine companies whose process technologies, products and services are on the frontline of change in this industry. READ MORE

December 27, 2018

Opinion: Alternative Fuels Council Offers Biodiesel Strategy

BY Jeff Hove Jeff Hove, vice president of NATSO's Alternative Fuels Council, provides perspective on current political, regulatory and market events relating to biodiesel blending, and how a myriad of potential changes will affect downstream operators. READ MORE

December 27, 2018

Inside NBB: What’s Ahead in Washington for 2019

BY The National Biodiesel Board Although the biodiesel industry accomplished some important goals in 2018 and has much more work ahead in 2019, the 116th Congress presents many opportunities and challenges. Rest assured the National Biodiesel Board is staying on top of the issues. READ MORE

December 26, 2018

Opinion: Biodiesel’s Past, Present and Future

BY Marc Kellens Marc Kellens, the global technical director for Desmet Ballestra, takes us through the history and future of biodiesel production, identifying key milestones and cultural shifts, including the introduction and proliferation of renewable diesel. READ MORE

December 26, 2018

Opinion: NBB Fighting to Protect the Biodiesel Industry from Trade Decisions

BY Donnell Rehagen National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen discusses the disconcerting circumstances surrounding the U.S. Department of Commerce's initiation of "changed circumstances" reviews of recently imposed tariffs on U.S. imports of Argentine biodiesel. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

8 new small refinery waivers filed with US EPA in past month

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery hardship waivers filed under the RFS, reporting that seven new waiver petitions for the 2018 compliance year and one new petition for the 2017 compliance year were filed from Nov. 10 to Dec. 18. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

US President Donald Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill into law

BY Ron Kotrba and Erin Voegele Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law Dec. 20, reauthorizing several Energy Title programs including the Biorefinery Assistance Program, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels and $2 million a year for the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

National Biodiesel Board hires new regulatory affairs director

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board has hired Kate Shenk as director of regulatory affairs. Shenk comes to NBB from BIO, where she led a regulatory affairs committee and developed analyses and comments on regulatory policies. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

Congress passes $867 billion Farm Bill

BY Erin Voegele Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have approved the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill. The House passed the bill Dec. 12 in an overwhelming 369-to-47 vote, a day after the Senate approved it 87 to 13. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Benefuel looking to British Columbia for new biodiesel facility

BY Benefuel Inc. The total project will produce 150 MMly and will reduce GHG emissions by more than 550,000 metric tons per year, which is equal to roughly 10 percent of British Columbia's 2030 target reduction for transportation as detailed in the CleanBC Report. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

EU Commission begins antisubsidy process against Indonesia

BY UFOP UFOP calls for urgent action by application of customs duties on imports of palm oil biodiesel. The EBB warns that import duties to be applied in 2019 will be circumvented by the increased import of palm oil for production of biodiesel in the EU. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Biodiesel cos. ask Congress for long-term extension of tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB and more than 50 member-companies and affiliated organizations delivered a letter to House and Senate leaders, urging them to enact a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive before Congress adjourns. READ MORE

December 04, 2018

NBB insists on rigorous review of Argentina's biodiesel subsidies

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition submitted comments for the record Dec. 3 on how the U.S. Department of Commerce should conduct recently initiated changed circumstances reviews of U.S. duties on Argentine biodiesel imports. READ MORE

November 30, 2018

Biodiesel industry provides mixed reactions to RFS final rule

BY Ron KotrbaWhile many biodiesel industry stakeholders told Biodiesel Magazine they were encouraged by higher volumes in the final 2019-'20 RFS rule, the associations that represent them criticized EPA for its decision to not address small refinery exemptions. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

Study: Biodiesel adds billions to US economy, tax credit critical

BY FTI Consulting A new study released Nov. 29 by FTI Consulting analyzed the financial and socioeconomic impact of the U.S. biodiesel industry and found that the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit is essential to the industry's growth and prosperity. READ MORE

November 28, 2018

Groups write Trump on review of Argentine biodiesel duties

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board, the American Soybean Association and the National Renderers Association wrote President Trump to express concern over the U.S. commerce department's review of U.S. trade duties on Argentine biodiesel companies. READ MORE

November 27, 2018

Biodiesel tax credit extension, phaseout proposed in US House

BY The National Biodiesel Board A proposal by Rep. Kevin Brady was released for a multiyear extension to keep the biodiesel tax credit at its current rate of $1 per gallon for 2018 through 2021 but gradually reduce it to 33 cents per gallon by 2024 and then allow it to expire. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Shimkus, Flores release discussion draft to reform biofuel laws

BY Ron KotrbaReps. Shimkus and Flores released a discussion draft of their 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act Nov. 21.The legislation would reform the RFS through 2022 and provide a pathway to regulations of federal renewable fuels requirements through 2032. READ MORE

November 15, 2018

Renewable diesel made up 10 percent of Calif. diesel supply in Q2

BY Ron KotrbaThe net supply of renewable diesel to California's fuel market reached 100 million gallons during the second quarter of this year, topping 10 percent of the total diesel supplied to the state in the quarter, according to a report from the U.S. EIA. READ MORE

November 14, 2018

Biodiesel leads UK in biofuels that meet sustainability criteria

BY Erin Voegele The U.K. Department for Transport has published preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018. Of the biofuel that has met sustainability criteria, 59 percent was biodiesel, followed by 38 percent ethanol. READ MORE

November 14, 2018

EPA extends comment period on RFS information collection request

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA is extending the comment period on a previously announced information collection request (ICR) that aims to consolidate and update recordkeeping and reporting burden and cost estimates related to the Renewable Fuel Standard program. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

60 organizations sign tax extenders letter to Congress

BY Ron KotrbaA group of 60 organizations representing diverse business, energy, transportation, real estate and agriculture sectors has sent a letter to leaders in U.S. Congress on the pressing need to address the tax provisions that expired at the end of 2017. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

EU Parliament approves REDII; biofuels stakeholders react

BY Erin Voegele The European Parliament approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation biofuels when it voted to confirm a provisional agreement reached with the European Council in June on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). READ MORE

November 08, 2018

US to conduct 'unprecedented review' of biodiesel import duties

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. Department of Commerce granted a request from Argentina to initiate "changed circumstances" reviews of U.S. trade duties imposed on Argentine biodiesel companies. What's changed is Argentina has raised its biodiesel export taxes and prices. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Opinion: Issues of the Day

BY Ron KotrbaFrom his Editor's Note, Ron Kotrba highlights the contents of the Fall 2018 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine in the political context of what has ensued this autumn on Capitol Hill. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Opinion: Driving Decarbonization

BY Graham Noyes Beyond California, other states and provinces in North America and jurisdictions around the world are increasingly seeing the value the LCFS delivers and are viewing the program as a flexible tool they can use to achieve their own policy objectives. READ MORE