Policy

October 02, 2019

NBB, ASA ask Ross for meeting about CVDs on Argentine biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel and soy leaders sent a letter Sept. 30 to Wilbur Ross, secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, requesting he meet with the groups before the department finalizes its review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. READ MORE

September 30, 2019

In Depth: Cruel Summer

BY Ron KotrbaA series of unfortunate events this summer—all caused by U.S. government action or inaction—has led to a precarious situation in the biodiesel sector, but there may be a silver lining. READ MORE

September 27, 2019

Idled biodiesel producer holds hope for quick market turnaround

BY Ron KotrbaIn August, W2Fuel began idling its two biodiesel plants—a 15 MMgy facility in Adrian, Michigan, and a 10 MMgy plant in Crawfordsville, Iowa—due to poor market conditions. CEO Roy Strom says he plans to restart them when the market turns around. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

Biodiesel prices up 30 percent in Germany over past month

BY UFOP Wholesale prices for biodiesel have seen a sharp rise since Aug. 14, from 70.5 euro cents per liter ($2.95 per gallon) in mid-August to recently 91.6 euro cents per liter ($3.82 per gallon). This translates to an approximately 30 percent increase. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Minnesota governor signs order establishing biofuels council

BY Erin VoegeleMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an order establishing a biofuels council to advise the governor and state agencies on the role of biofuels in reducing GHGs and recommend policy and budget proposals to foster growth in biofuel production and use. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

Trump administration expected to announce SRE deal soon

BY Erin VoegeleThe Trump administration is soon expected to update the existing RFS proposal to increase 2020 RVOs, a move designed to quell outrage from the ag and biofuel communities over the administration’s treatment of small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Colorado to evaluate feasibility of LCFS program

BY Erin VoegeleColorado has taken an initial step toward considering the establishment of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Colorado Energy Office issued a documented quote (DQ) Sept. 11 inviting bids from independent contractors to conduct an LCFS feasibility study. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Biodiesel producer testifies at hearing on clean energy jobs

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, led a hearing Sept. 10 on growing the clean energy economy as chairwoman of the RATE subcommittee. Finkenauer invited Iowan Tom Brooks, general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa, to testify. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Biodiesel cos., assns. ask Pres. Trump to save small producers

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board and 33 members sent a letter to President Trump asking that he save small biodiesel producers harmed by small refinery exemptions to RFS. The letter also highlights additional policy headwinds impacting the industry. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

Court ruling fuels frustration over small refinery exemptions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The court dismissed NBB’s petition because the biofuel industry did not comment on the topic and provide EPA opportunity to address them. The court declined to examine EPA’s flood of small refinery exemptions but left room for future challenges. READ MORE

September 03, 2019

Opinion research shows RFS policy support is key Iowa voter issue

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board New public opinion research shows 78 percent of voters in Iowa support expanding biofuel usage in the U.S. through the federal RFS. In addition, 77 percent said it’s important to them that the president keep his promises on supporting the RFS. READ MORE

August 30, 2019

Court ruling yields mixed results for US biodiesel industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board expressed disappointment in a court ruling that upholds the U.S. EPA’s method for setting biomass-based diesel volumes in the 2017 RFS rules. On the other hand, the court agreed that refiners are not harmed by RIN costs. READ MORE

August 29, 2019

Comment period on proposed 2020-’21 RFS RVOs closes Aug. 30

BY Erin VoegeleThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations under the RFS and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel have just days to do so. The public comment period on the proposed rule closes Aug. 30. READ MORE

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

Petroleum companies ramp up HVO production in Europe

BY UFOP Production of hydrotreated vegetable oil in the EU has picked up pace since 2012. The key reason is the iLUC regulation introduced in 2015 permits biofuels from waste to be counted double. Also, pressure on feedstock prices has increased globally. 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 09, 2019

UFOP: Planned antisubsidy duties on palm biodiesel ineffective

BY UFOP Germany-based UFOP has drawn the conclusion that the preliminary antisubsidy duties of 8 to 18 percent on Indonesian biodiesel will not reduce imports of palm methyl esters. The organization calls on the EU Commission to impose higher tariffs. 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

Brazil’s ANP approves B15, raises minimum biodiesel level to 11%

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil’s National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) announced Aug. 6 it has approved the sale and use of B15 and that, come Sept. 1, it is increasing the minimum biodiesel content required in diesel fuel from 10 to 11 percent. 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 31, 2019

EU tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel welcomed with caution

BY Ron KotrbaThe EU Commission recently decided to introduce temporary countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Indonesia. Germany’s UFOP warns that a slowdown of imports must not lead to European biodiesel producers using palm oil as feedstock instead. READ MORE