Biodiesel Production

February 16, 2021

Fulcrum announces plans to develop SAF biorefinery in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleFulcrum BioEnergy Ltd. on Feb. 16 announced plans to develop a 30 MMgy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant at Essar Oil (UK) Ltd.’s refinery near Liverpool, England. The project could be operational as soon as 2025. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

Iowa biofuel standard would create jobs, grow economy

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation recently introduced in Iowa that aims to establish a state biofuels standard would create more than 3,500 new jobs and generate nearly $550 million in household income by 2026, according to a study released by the IRFA on Feb. 15. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

EIA predicts gradual increase in biofuel use through 2050

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021) on Feb. 3, predicting that the consumption of biofuels as a share of the domestic fuel mix will gradually increase through 2050. READ MORE

February 11, 2021

EIA: US biodiesel production at 151 million gallons in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released data showing U.S. biodiesel production reached 151 million gallons in November 2020, down 9 million gallons from the previous month, but up 24 million gallons from November 2019. READ MORE

February 11, 2021

Dickinson renewable diesel plant to reach full capacity in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleMarathon Petroleum Corp. has announced its renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota, is currently ramping up operations and is on track to reach full production by the end of the first quarter. READ MORE

February 10, 2021

NetJets invests in WasteFuel, commits to purchase of SAF

BY NetJets NetJets on Feb. 4 announced it has made an investment in WasteFuel, a waste to fuel company that aims to transform landfill waste into SAF. NetJets will also purchase a minimum of 100 million gallons of WasteFuel’s SAF over the next decade. READ MORE

February 09, 2021

Neste reports strong results for renewable products segment

BY Erin VoegeleNeste released fourth quarter financial results on Feb. 5, reporting that its renewable products segment proved to be very resilient despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with increased sales volumes and strong sales margins. READ MORE

February 09, 2021

Toyo, Velocys execute a collaboration agreement

BY Velocys Velocys plc has signed a collaboration agreement with Toyo Engineering Corp. to start the development of their commercial projects to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other renewable fuels in Japan. READ MORE

February 08, 2021

Bill aims to incentivize the production of SAF

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., on Feb. 3 reintroduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act, which aims to incentivize the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), including the establishment of an aviation-only Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

February 08, 2021

NBB hires director of communications

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board has appointed Liz McCune as director of communications. With an in-depth background in strategic communications, McCune is passionate about storytelling and building relationships with industry partners. READ MORE

February 03, 2021

Bill to require EPA to update GREET reintroduced in Senate

BY Erin VoegeleSens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Feb. 3 reintroduced legislation that aims to require the U.S. EPA to update its outdated greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

February 02, 2021

Vilsack: Biofuels, bioenergy can help meet climate goals

BY Erin VoegeleSecretary of agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack stressed the important role biofuels and bioenergy will play in meeting the Biden administration’s climate goals during a Feb. 2 hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. READ MORE

February 02, 2021

IRFA: Biofuels continue to have positive impact on Iowa’s economy

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A new study released Feb. 2 finds biofuels continue to have a significant positive impact on Iowa’s economy, but recent market challenges reduced the job and household income impacts of ethanol and biodiesel production in the state. READ MORE

February 01, 2021

Aemetis accepts offtake contract bids for Carbon Zero 1 plant

BY Erin VoegeleAemetis Inc. on Feb. 1 announced the opening of a bid proposal process for $2 billion in offtake contracts for the launch of its proposed 25 MMgy biorefinery in Riverbank, California, that will produce jet fuel, renewable diesel and other byproducts. READ MORE

January 28, 2021

Valero: 470 MMgy renewable diesel project in Texas moves forward

BY Erin VoegeleValero has announced it will immediately move forward with the development of a new 470 MMgy renewable diesel plant at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. Expansion projects are also underway at the company’s existing Diamond Green Diesel facility. READ MORE

January 28, 2021

UPM to develop next generation biorefinery

BY UPM UPM is moving forward with its biofuels growth plans and has started basic engineering for a next generation biorefinery. The facility would have an annual capacity of 500,000 metric tons of high-quality renewable fuels, including SAF. READ MORE

January 26, 2021

Preem plant increases production of renewable diesel by 40%

BY Preem Following a redevelopment of Preem's Green Hydro Treater plant in Gothenburg, Sweden, the plant's production capacity of renewable diesel is increased by 40 percent. For the first time, the GHT plant is able to produce 100 percent renewables. READ MORE

January 22, 2021

Biodiesel, renewable diesel industry on the ‘RISE’ in 2021

BY National Biodiesel Board The biodiesel and renewable diesel industry is on the “RISE”. This week the NBB hosted more than 550 biodiesel and renewable diesel producers, distributors, retailers, and other industry advocates virtually to share the direction of the industry. READ MORE

January 21, 2021

EPA: 18.26 billion RINs generated in 2020 under RFS

BY Erin VoegeleNearly 18.26 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in 2020, down from 19.81 billion generated in 2019, according to data published by the U.S. EPA. Total RIN generation for December was at 1.69 billion, down from 1.79 billion in December 2019. READ MORE

January 21, 2021

2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo moves to July

BY BBI International BBI International has announced that the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, will be held July 13-15 in Minneapolis. The event was originally scheduled to be held in mid-June. READ MORE

January 19, 2021

Now is the time to cut carbon with biodiesel, renewable diesel

BY National Biodiesel Board “Achieving zero emissions from our products is becoming a higher priority for our customers, our communities, and our company,” said Wayne Eckerle of Cummins Inc. at the the 2021 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. READ MORE

January 18, 2021

USDA releases AIA research strategy summary, dashboard

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Jan. 12 released a report and online dashboard that integrates the information collected by the agency as part of its Agriculture Innovation Agenda, an initiative that aims to help the U.S. agricultural industry meet future demands. READ MORE

January 18, 2021

Iowa biodiesel production up in 2020 despite COVID-19 headwinds

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Although only nine of Iowa’s 11 biodiesel plants operated in 2020, they still managed to bump up production to 351 million gallons despite market challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

EIA: US biodiesel production expected to increase in 2021, 2022

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration on Jan. 12 released is Short-Term Energy Outlook for January, which features the agency’s first short-term predictions for 2022. The EIA currently predicts growth in biodiesel production through 2022. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

Opinion: U.S. Biodiesel Producers Weathering Pandemic Well

BY Tom BryanGenerally, U.S. biodiesel plants have managed the pandemic adeptly, keeping production online and people working. Most reported only moderate hits to their business operations, and many are investing in new technologies, right now, despite COVID-19. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

Honeywell introduces simplified renewable diesel technology

BY Honeywell Honeywell on Jan. 12 announced that it has introduced a single-stage UOP Ecofining technology offering for the production of renewable diesel fuel. The new single-stage technology is a fast-to-market, low capital cost solution. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

In Depth: Holding Strong: U.S. Biodiesel Producers Surveyed

BY Tom BryanFROM THE WINTER ISSUE: Biodiesel Magazine’s late-2020 survey of producers tells the story of a resilient, changing industry that’s taken mostly indirect hits from the pandemic. Many producers lowered, but later ramped back up, production in 2020. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

In Depth: Renewable Diesel's Rising Tide

BY Tom BryanAn update on U.S. renewable diesel projects—operational, expanding, under construction and proposed—giving new purpose to aging oil refineries. The report represents a transformative volume of nearly 5.5 billion gallons of new or potential capacity. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

SkyRNG, LanzaTech to build alcohol-to-jet facility in Europe

BY Erin VoegeleNetherlands-based SkyNRG has announced it is leading a consortium that will build a 30,000-ton-per-year alcohol to jet (ATJ) facility in Europe. LanzaTech will supply its ATJ technology to the facility. READ MORE

January 05, 2021

EIA: US biodiesel production at 160 million gallons in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released data showing U.S. biodiesel production was at 160 million gallons in October, up 1 million gallons from the previous month, and up 16 million gallons when compared to October 2019. READ MORE