Biodiesel Use

March 05, 2020

Fiat Powertrain explores biodiesel from Brazil-native macaúba

BY Ron KotrbaFiat Powertrain Industrial, a brand of Case New Holland Industrial, is investigating production and use of biodiesel made from Acrocomia aculeata, more commonly referred to as macaúba—a native palm tree to Brazil, the Caribbean and South Florida. 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

February 25, 2020

ReadiJet SAF ready to take flight with inclusion in ASTM D7566

BY Ron KotrbaASTM has approved a new production pathway for sustainable aviation fuel allowing up to a 50 percent blend of ReadiJet, a CHJ fuel produced through the Biofuels Isoconversion process developed by Applied Research Associates and Chevron Lummus Global. 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 20, 2020

ADM to run Class 8 trucks on B100 with Optimus’ Vector System

BY The National Biodiesel Board A wide range of organizations announced a partnership Feb. 20 to conduct a year-long validation project of biodiesel technology to demonstrate its viability in real-world fleet applications. Five ADM trucks will be outfitted to run on B100 biodiesel. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

Sandals explores expanding biodiesel project beyond St. Lucia

BY Sandals Resorts International Following the success of its first Biodiesel Conversion Centre in St. Lucia, Sandals Resorts International is exploring ways to expand its model of oil collection, conversion and biodiesel use on all islands where Sandals and Beaches resorts operate. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

Delta agrees to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from NWABF

BY Delta Building on its $2 million investment for an ongoing feasibility study with Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, Delta has entered into one of the largest airline offtake agreements of its kind to purchase sustainable aviation fuel, if produced, from NWABF. 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

January 28, 2020

Young scientists present next-gen biodiesel research in Tampa

BY Ron KotrbaStudent scientists from universities across the country converged in Tampa, Florida, at the National Biodiesel Conference to showcase their work as part of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. Four presented their work on a panel. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

New US biodiesel industry vision lays out 2030, 2050 use targets

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s vision for the U.S. biodiesel industry includes ensuring the fuel be recognized for its superior performance characteristics, and growing its use to more than 6 billion gallons by 2030 and 15 billion gallons by 2050. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Diesel fleets will continue to thrive with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Conference & Expo attendees in Tampa Jan. 21 received a glimpse into the future as industry leaders from the Fuels Institute, NTEA and major OEMs mapped out the road ahead for the freight and transportation industries. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

Washington Gov. Inslee urges state to adopt Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleWashington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Port of Seattle Jan. 10 to call on the state legislature to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard during its 2020 legislative session. He was joined by Alaska Airlines, which has announced its support for the program. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

Inside NBB: NYC is Heating Up with America’s Advanced Biofuel

BY The National Biodiesel Board NYC requires all city fleet vehicles and equipment to use B20 biodiesel from April through November, and B5 from December through March. However, biodiesel has performed so successfully that the city has started some B20 use year-round. READ MORE

January 01, 2020

Inside NBB: Florida is Fueled with Biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Florida Power & Light Co. embraces environmental stewardship as a core value and has used biodiesel fuel regularly for nearly 20 years—one vital component of its corporate responsibility strategy. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

City of Boston contracts REG partner Broco Oil for Bioheat

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Broco Oil has been contracted to provide biodiesel-blended heating oil for use in Boston’s city-owned buildings, including firehouses, police stations and other municipal facilities. Broco Oil purchases its biodiesel from Iowa-based REG. READ MORE

December 13, 2019

Swedish waste power plant upgrades burners to run on biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaWaste power plant Renova in Sweden has switched its eight start-up and support burners to run on biodiesel made from rapeseed oil, thereby reducing its use of fossil fuel oil. The switch reduces CO2 emissions by 960 metric tons annually. READ MORE

December 10, 2019

Neste to supply KLM additional biojet fuel for Schiphol flights

BY Neste Corp. KLM has purchased sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for flights out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The sustainable fuel is produced by Neste from used cooking oil and will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent compared to fossil kerosene. READ MORE

December 10, 2019

Chicago Area Clean Cities names green leadership award winners

BY Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition announced its 2019 Leadership Award winners at its annual meeting. The awards are given annually to organizations and individuals that take actions to locally reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

Village of Carol Stream, Illinois, commits to clean air with B20

BY The Illinois Soybean Association The village of Carol Stream, Illinois, is a new member of the B20 Club, a partnership between the ISA checkoff program and the ALA, in recognition of the municipality’s work to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for its residents. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

BTG, GoodFuels explore options for joint biorefinery investment

BY Biomass Technology Group Biomass Technology Group is setting up a new technology company for converting crude pyrolysis oil into diesel fuel suitable for the shipping sector. It will be the first refinery in the world for an advanced marine biofuel based on pyrolysis oil. READ MORE

November 15, 2019

3 Chicagoland fleets using B20 rank among 2019’s Top Green Fleets

BY The Illinois Soybean Association Three Chicago-area fleets rank among the nation’s 25 Top Green Fleets of 2019. Fleets receiving this national recognition are Village of Arlington Heights, Village of Oak Park and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. All three use B20. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Neste’s IMO 2020 low-sulfur marine fuel available in Germany

BY Neste Corp. Neste and the German BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH signed a partner agreement concerning distribution and sales of Neste Marine 0.5. The fuel contains only 0.5 percent sulfur and became available in Bremerhaven, Germany, in early November. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Pacific Biodiesel makes first B100 delivery to Hamakua Energy

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies LLC Pacific Biodiesel Technologies made its first delivery of biodiesel Nov. 4 to the Hamakua Energy power generation facility on Hawaii Island as part of the biodiesel supply contract the company signed last month with the Pacific Current subsidiary. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Oil Heat Institute of RI rebrands to reflect evolving market

BY The Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island The Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island has changed its name to the Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island. The trade group’s board of directors voted in favor of the change at its monthly meeting held Oct. 16 at Maria’s Cocina in Providence. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

New contract a big victory for Pacific Biodiesel, local movement

BY Ron KotrbaPacific Biodiesel will supply Hamakua Energy with biodiesel to power the 60 MW facility. Both are located on the Big Island of Hawaii and the new contract ensures Pacific Biodiesel’s fuel will be used locally, which is a big deal for the company. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

National Biodiesel Foundation receives DERA grant

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBF was awarded EPA funding for its 2020 National Clean Diesel Project. In partnership with Iowa DOT, Optimus Technologies and REG, the project supports the purchase of three new replacement snowplows that will operate on B100. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

Quebec’s draft biofuel regulations ‘disappointing’ for biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaWhile the minister of energy and natural resources is confident the “ambitious” targets will result in growth and investment in Quebec, a 2 percent biodiesel standard represents zero increase beyond the federal requirement in place for 10 years. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

Inside NBB: National Biodiesel Board Premieres on Rural America Live

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel was the featured topic of an hour-long segment on RFD-TV’s flagship series Rural America Live in August. Steve Howell, NBB senior technical advisor, and Greg Anderson, an NBB governing board member and farmer leader, were guests. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

National voter poll shows strong support for RFS, biodiesel use

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board released results Oct. 9 of a national poll of registered voters to measure awareness of and attitudes toward biodiesel and federal policies. The results show a candidate’s support for biodiesel can influence votes. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

Charlotte Water reduces GHG emissions with renewable diesel

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Charlotte Water, the largest public water and wastewater utility in the Southeast, is expanding its commitment to environmental sustainability with a pilot project to run dozens of its vehicles on cleaner-burning renewable diesel produced by REG. READ MORE