Policy

November 16, 2020

DOE seeks proposals for Co-Optima collaboration

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced a directed funding opportunity (DFO) seeking proposals for advancing the aim of its Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. Proposals are due Jan. 14. READ MORE

November 16, 2020

NBB announces new East Coast policy staff position

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomed Steve Dodge as the organization's new director of state regulatory affairs on Nov. 16. Dodge is a longtime energy industry veteran who will focus primarily on advancing state and regional policy efforts. READ MORE

November 13, 2020

NBB: Biodiesel can help meet USDA’s AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleThe National Biodiesel Board stressed that biodiesel is an adoptable, ready to go technology that can help meet the goals of the USDA’s Agricultural Innovation Agenda in comments submitted to the agency on Nov. 9. READ MORE

November 11, 2020

Supreme Court extends deadline for EPA response to SRE challenge

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10 granted a motion filed by the U.S. EPA seeking a one-month extension to its deadline to file a response to a petition filed by HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining in September seeking the review of an SRE ruling. READ MORE

November 10, 2020

2021 International Biomass Conference & Expo goes virtual

BY BBI International Biomass Magazine has announced that the 14th Annual Biomass Conference & Expo will be taking place 100 percent virtual, March 15-17, 2021. The deadline to submit a presentation abstract is Nov. 13, 2020. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

Biofuel groups congratulate Biden and Harris

BY Erin VoegeleThe RFA and Growth Energy have spoken out to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory, noting they look forward to working with the upcoming administration to advance the use of biofuels. READ MORE

November 05, 2020

REG reports Q3 financial results

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. on Nov. 5 announced its financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2020. Revenues for the three-month period were $576 million on 176 million gallons of fuel sold. READ MORE

November 05, 2020

EPA seeks extension in SRE challenge filed with US Supreme Court

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Nov. 4 filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a one-month extension to file its response to a petition filed by HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining in September seeking a review of a lower court's ruling on SREs. READ MORE

November 03, 2020

Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels submits recommendations

BY Minnesota Department of Agriculture The Governor’s Council on Biofuels has given Gov. Tim Walz its consensus report on the steps needed to grow Minnesota’s biofuels industry and get the state back on track to meet renewable energy goals. READ MORE

November 02, 2020

RFA: CFS can help Colorado reduce GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleThe Colorado Energy Office recently accepted public comments on its draft Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, which details energy action steps the state can take to meet its near-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. READ MORE

November 02, 2020

Review of antidumping order on Argentine biodiesel rescinded

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Commerce on Oct. 9 announced it is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on biodiesel from Argentina for the period of review April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020. READ MORE

October 29, 2020

Gas car ban would have disproportionate impact on biofuels, ag

BY Agricultural Retailers Association On Oct. 27, the Agricultural Retailers Association, a member of the Transportation Fairness Alliance, released a new study that analyzes the impacts of increased electric vehicle penetration on U.S. biofuels, agriculture and the economy. READ MORE

October 28, 2020

National Biodiesel Foundation receives DERA grants for 2021

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Foundation was awarded two U.S. EPA grants through the 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program. The first is in for a project in Washington, D.C. The second will support a project in Iowa. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Letter urges EPA to recognize de minimis nature of biogenic CO2

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 13 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 19 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking recognizing the de minimis nature of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural crops. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Biodiesel Magazine announces 2021 media kit, digital offerings

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine the leading publication for the biodiesel industry, recently released its 2021 media kits. Biodiesel Magazine is now accepting 2021 advertising schedules across its print and digital platforms. READ MORE

October 23, 2020

EPA awards $1.4 million to National Biodiesel Foundation

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has awarded $1.4 million to the National Biodiesel Foundation to support its efforts to reduce diesel emissions and exposure in the Washington, D.C., area by replacing municipal vehicles with new biodiesel-powered units. READ MORE

October 22, 2020

Grassley, IRFA, IBB speak out against zero-emission vehicles bill

BY Erin VoegeleTwo Iowa biofuel groups and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Oct. 22 spoke out against legislation introduced on Oct. 20 that aims to eliminate sales of internal combustion engine vehicles that can be fueled with biofuels. READ MORE

October 22, 2020

Oil state senators ask EPA to undermine the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleSeveral oil state senators are urging the EPA to set the 2021 RVO for renewable fuel below the E10 blend wall. They also called for cellulosic, advanced biofuel, and biomass-based diesel RVOs be set at the level of demonstrated domestic production. READ MORE

October 22, 2020

EPA delivers final rule on cost, benefits of CAA regs to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Oct. 21 delivered its final rule that is expected to change how the agency considers the costs and benefits of regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act to the White House Office of Management and Budget. READ MORE

October 21, 2020

Bill aims to require sales of zero-emission vehicles by 2035

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., on Oct. 20 introduced the Zero-Emissions Vehicles Act of 2020, which aims to end U.S. sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. Requirements would begin to phase in 2025. READ MORE

October 20, 2020

EPA: 1.63 billion RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released data in mid-October showing 1.63 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in September, up from 1.61 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

October 16, 2020

EPA issues final Fuels Streamlining Rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Oct. 15 issued its final Fuels Streamlining Rule, which streamlines the agency’s existing regulations for gasoline, diesel and other fuels. It does not, however, change the stringency of existing fuel quality standards. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

EPA: 2 additional SRE petitions filed for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 15, reporting two additional SRE petitions have been filed for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019. No other changes were made to the agency’s SRE data. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Senators urge EPA to promulgate rule on biogenic carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 14 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 12 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking that recognizes the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural feedstocks. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

Manitoba seek comments on proposed increase to biofuel mandates

BY Erin VoegeleThe Manitoba government is proposing to increase the required renewable content in gasoline to 10 percent and the required renewable content in diesel to 5 percent, effective Jan. 1. A 45-day comment period on the proposal is now open. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

ANL releases 2020 updates to GREET Models

BY Erin VoegeleArgonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 released 2020 updates to its GREET Models. Updates include new pathways for a variety of biobased fuels and a new feedstock carbon intensity calculator. READ MORE

October 08, 2020

USDA names recipients of $22 million in HBIIP awards

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Oct. 8 announced an initial round of awards under its $100 million Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The agency awarded $22 million to 40 recipients in 14 states. Additional awards are expected to be announced soon. READ MORE

October 08, 2020

NBB announces changes to state regulatory presence

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board has announced transition in its state governmental affairs leadership with longtime director Shelby Neal departing the organization and Floyd Vergara assuming the leadership role in directing NBB's nationwide program. READ MORE

October 05, 2020

Colombia’s production, use of biofuels expected to fall in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleColombia’s production and use of biofuels is expected to fall this year due to impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s biofuel imports are also expected to fall, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS GAIN. READ MORE

October 02, 2020

A vision of feedstocks

BY Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board The biodiesel and renewable diesel industries have a vision to exceed 6 billion gallons by 2030 and with advancements in feedstocks, 15 billion gallons by 2050. The NBB believes the industry can reach that goal. READ MORE