Policy

February 28, 2019

EU biodiesel imports double 2016-’17, nearly triple 2017-’18

BY UFOP After the antidumping tariffs on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia were suspended, European imports showed a steep rise. In previous years, biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia only played a secondary role, but this has changed. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

Senators push for transparency in Argentina subsidy review

BY The National Biodiesel Board In a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 14 senators, the legislators ask the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop a complete record of Argentina’s biodiesel trade actions before determining whether revisiting the U.S. duties is warranted. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

NBB applauds bipartisan support for biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board thanked 44 members of the House of Representatives, led by Reps. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa and Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, who asked Congressional leaders to adopt a multiyear extension of the biodiesel tax incentive ASAP. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Finland sets 30 percent biofuel obligation for 2030

BY UPM Kymmene Corp. The Finnish Parliament approved a law Feb. 6 that sets a gradually increasing 30 percent biofuels target for 2030. Furthermore, the law sets a world-leading advanced biofuels target of 10 percent in 2030. Biofuel producer UPM welcomed the decision. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Biodiesel, renewable diesel set to replace petro diesel in Calif.

BY The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stated goal of eliminating petroleum diesel emissions in California by 2030 is achievable through the growth in the market for clean, sustainable diesels, according to a new report from the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

10 trade groups ask Congress to extend biodiesel tax credit

BY Erin Voegele A group of 10 trade associations, including the National Biodiesel Board and the Advanced Biofuels Association, is urging Congress to pass a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Paving biodiesel’s way for greater use in advanced diesel systems

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel’s use in heavy-duty diesel applications continues to grow in California thanks to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, but how will California’s plan to further cut NOx emissions by another 90 percent affect the use of biodiesel? READ MORE

February 04, 2019

UFOP: EU oilseed producers lose in Argentina imports settlement

BY UFOP Germany's UFOP says European oilseed producers are the losers in the Jan. 30 decision of the Trade Defense Instruments Committee meeting. UFOP criticizes approval of the Argentine government's proposal for a so-called price undertaking agreement. READ MORE

February 01, 2019

EBB welcomes antisubsidy duties, price undertaking agreement

BY The European Biodiesel Board During an EU Trade Defense Committee meeting member states’ representatives discussed and approved antisubsidy duties against Argentinean imports of biodiesel. A price undertaking agreement between the EU and Argentine producers was also approved. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

Shaw says Iowa renewable fuels are ‘hurting but hopeful’

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Between the fight for year-round E15, small-refinery exemptions and more, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw said at the 2019 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit that 2018 was his toughest year yet working for the industry. READ MORE

January 18, 2019

New York sets new goals for 100% clean power, 70% renewables

BY Erin Voegele On Jan. 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that calls for the state to achieve 100 percent clean power by 2040. It also aims to set new renewable energy mandates. READ MORE

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