Biodiesel Use

August 19, 2020

EIA: US biodiesel production largely unchanged since 2019

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration U.S. biodiesel production has seen smaller reductions in recent months caused by the COVID-19 pandemic when compared with other transportation fuels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Petroleum Supply Monthly. READ MORE

August 17, 2020

Neste to supply sustainable aviation fuel to three US airlines

BY Neste Neste is supplying Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways with sustainable aviation fuel for flights from San Francisco International Airport. The fuel will contribute to each airline’s efforts to reach their climate goals. READ MORE

July 30, 2020

German biodiesel, HVO consumption projected to rise 13% in 2020

BY Ron KotrbaUFOP estimates German consumption of biodiesel and renewable diesel, or hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), will be approximately 780.5 million gallons for 2020, an increase of approximately 90 million gallons, or 13 percent, over 2019. READ MORE

July 27, 2020

2020 EU biodiesel production remains stable, consumption down 6%

BY Ron KotrbaDue to COVID-19-related market impacts, consumption of biodiesel and renewable diesel is expected to fall by 6 percent or approximately 301 million gallons in 2020, but the combined production volume of both is expected to remain relatively stable. READ MORE

July 16, 2020

City buses in Grand Forks, North Dakota, running on B20 biodiesel

BY The North Dakota Soybean Council This summer Cities Area Transit buses in Grand Forks, North Dakota, are running on a different fuel than normal. CAT recently switched to fueling its fleet with B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. READ MORE

July 14, 2020

Q&A: A model for low-carbon fuels in the global energy transition

BY Alan P. Mammoser Alan Mammoser, independent writer on renewable energy, interviews Karl Feilder, CEO of Dubai-based Neutral Fuels, on the role his biodiesel company and local business model play in the global transition to climate-friendly transportation fuels. READ MORE

July 09, 2020

US EPA’s RFS anti-backsliding study discounts biodiesel benefits

BY Ron Kotrba“Failure to account for the impacts of both higher and lower biodiesel blends ... does a disservice to the industry that is working to continuously improve [its] tailpipe emissions profile,”stated NBB in comments to EPA on its anti-backsliding study. READ MORE

July 08, 2020

Amazon Air secures SAF from Shell Aviation made by World Energy

BY Ron KotrbaAmazon Air, the cargo airline of e-commerce giant Amazon, has secured up to 6 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Shell Aviation and produced by World Energy out of its Paramount, California, biorefinery. READ MORE

July 07, 2020

San Francisco Int’l Airport gets 1st piped batch of SAF via Neste

BY Ron KotrbaNeste delivered its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel to San Francisco International Airport via pipeline. Biodiesel Magazine speaks with Jeremy Baines, president of Neste U.S., about the U.S. market and the company’s plans for growth. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Iowa governor signs bill extending biofuel tax differential

BY Ron KotrbaIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation June 30 that extends the tax differential for higher blends of biodiesel and ethanol. She also announced an additional $7 million in federal funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Circular-economy partnership formed in the Netherlands

BY Ron KotrbaUsed cooking oil (UCO) from McDonald’s Netherlands will be turned into renewable diesel by Neste, and then the fuel will be used to power HAVI trucks that both collect UCO from and deliver goods to McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands. READ MORE

June 24, 2020

DC Public Works expands B100 use with Optimus Technologies system

BY Optimus Technologies The D.C. Department of Public Works increased the number of heavy-duty fleet vehicles capable of running on B100 by installing Optimus Technologies’ Vector System onto 17 new refuse trucks. The DPW began its evaluation of the technology in 2018. READ MORE

June 22, 2020

Biodiesel improving air quality in Chicago parks

BY The Illinois Soybean Association As Chicago residents begin to resume outdoor activities, they can expect to breathe a little easier. That’s because the Chicago Park District is working to improve air quality by fueling park refuse haulers with 100 percent biodiesel (B100). READ MORE

June 16, 2020

Iowa Legislature funds state’s biofuel infrastructure program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Legislature authorized another year of funding June 14 for the cost-share biofuel infrastructure program, a move that ensures access to biofuels will continue to grow throughout Iowa. The program has led to millions in private investment. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Iowa Legislature extends fuel tax incentive for biodiesel blends

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Originally enacted in 2015, the successful policy has increased the number of retailers carrying biodiesel in Iowa almost threefold, improving availability for consumers while contributing to the state’s economy, including hard-hit farmers. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Modernizing US truck fleet should be key component of recovery

BY The Diesel Technology Forum As policymakers debate future economic stimulus packages as part of a COVID-19 recovery plan, suspending the federal excise tax through 2021 for new heavy-duty truck purchases will deliver immediate results to the U.S. economy and environment. READ MORE

April 27, 2020

2020 FEW moved to Omaha, date changed to Aug. 24-26

BY BBI International BBI International has moved the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo and co-located Biodiesel Production Technology Summit to Omaha Aug. 24-26 due to COVID-19. The events were originally scheduled to be held in Minneapolis this June. READ MORE

April 21, 2020

Chicago suburban fleets recognized for B20 use

BY Illinois Soybean Association Two Chicago-area fleets rank among the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas, an annual list of the top public fleets in North and South America. Both fleets fuel their diesel vehciles with B20, according to the Illinois Soybean Association. READ MORE

April 10, 2020

Opinion: The Value of Shared Accountability

BY Paul Nazzaro For nearly two decades, Paul Nazzaro has been committed to advancing Bioheat to create a pathway forward for the oilheat industry. Now, he calls upon stakeholders to stand up against misinformation about biodiesel from noncommitted service companies. 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 09, 2020

In Depth: Opportunity Knocking

BY Ron KotrbaBioEconomy Solutions plans to create 200 jobs in South Carolina through operation of a new crush facility while commercializing a little-known crop for the biomass-based diesel industry. READ MORE

April 07, 2020

VTT to assess bio and waste oils suitable for power plants, ships

BY VTT In a Business Finland BioFlex project, VTT and partners are exploring suitability of fuel oils made from biomass and waste plastics for power plants and ship engines. The aim is to determine an economical and ecological replacement for fossil fuels. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

Bidding farewell to a Biodiesel Ambassador and Iowa DOT legend

BY Grant Kimberley This spring marks the end of an era for both the Iowa Department of Transportation and biodiesel industry at large. David May, who served as the department’s fleet manager for two decades, has retired to pursue the next chapter in his life. 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 25, 2020

Vegetable oil prices under pressure due to coronavirus pandemic

BY UFOP The spread of the coronavirus sent global prices of crude oil and vegetable oil on a downward spiral. Diesel sales are in steep decline, and the demand for and use of biodiesel, and biodiesel producers’ demand for vegetable oil, are down. 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

IRFA partners with Iowa State University BioBus program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association In recognition of the important role students and young professionals will play in the future of the biodiesel industry, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is announcing a partnership with Iowa State University’s BioBus program. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Newly branded vehicles highlight of National Biodiesel Day

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB launched its 2020 vehicle branding program March 18 designed to showcase biodiesel’s sustainability and emissions reduction benefits. The program kicks off on National Biodiesel Day with the theme “Biodiesel: Better. Cleaner. Now!” READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Neste, Finnair partner to reduce CO2 footprint of flying with SAF

BY Neste Corp. Finnair and Neste, the world’s largest producer of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable waste and residues, have signed a new agreement that will gradually and considerably increase Finnair’s use of SAF in its operations. READ MORE