Policy

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 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

April 16, 2020

Precedent exists for EPA to reject RFS waiver requests by states

BY Erin VoegeleGovernors from five oil states sent letters asking EPA to waive 2020 RFS volumes due to the coronavirus crisis. Biofuel groups provide a number of reasons the requests should be rejected, including EPA precedent and federal court decisions. READ MORE

April 09, 2020

Report shows 70% of Iowa’s on-road diesel fuel contains biodiesel

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board A new report shows biodiesel-blended fuel represented 70 percent of the total reported sales of on-road diesel last year in Iowa. Blends of B11 or higher made up 58 percent of total on-road diesel sales in 2019, up from 47 percent the year before. READ MORE

April 07, 2020

Court rejects petitions for rehearing en banc of SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleThe Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected two petitions April 7 filed by Wynnewood Refining and HollyFrontier March 24 requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling striking down three SREs that had been approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

April 07, 2020

Senators to USDA: Save biofuel producers struggling from pandemic

BY The Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley Senators sent a letter April 7 to the USDA requesting additional funds be allocated to the biofuel industry through the Commodity Credit Corporation during the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

Opinion: Our Vision for 2020 and Beyond

BY Donnell Rehagen In his column from the Spring 2020 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine, National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen discusses policy achievements of 2019, highlights from the 2020 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, and challenges that lie ahead. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

Report: Boost in consumption of US biomass-based diesel expected

BY The Fuels Institute According to a new report released March 26 by the Fuels Institute, biomass-based diesel has increased its share of the diesel fuel market from 0.5 percent volume in 2010 to 5 percent in 2018 and is projected to reach 10 percent by 2022. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA issues guidance on future SRE actions, RFS compliance date

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced it intends to develop an “appropriate implementation and enforcement response” to the Tenth Circuit Court’s small refinery exemption (SRE) ruling “after appeals have been resolved and the court’s mandate has been issued.” READ MORE

March 25, 2020

NBB welcomes administration’s decision not to appeal SRE ruling

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomes President Trump’s decision not to appeal the January court ruling that invalidated three small refinery exemptions that the U.S. EPA granted retroactively for the 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Oil refineries challenge Tenth Circuit Court ruling on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleWynnewood Refining and HollyFrontier filed petitions with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals March 24 requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Iowa ethanol, glycerin donated for hand sanitizer production

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Two Iowa Renewable Fuels Association members sent the first donated shipment of Iowa ethanol and glycerin to the state of Iowa to be used by Iowa Prison Industries for the production of hand sanitizer during the national shortage. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Dermen found guilty in $1 billion biodiesel tax fraud scheme

BY U.S. Department of Justice A federal jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, convicted California businessman Lev Aslan Dermen, also known as Levon Termendzhyan, of criminal charges March 16 relating to a $1 billion renewable fuel tax credit fraud scheme, the U.S. government announced. READ MORE

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