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More developments on Iowa's B5 mandate
Posted March 3, 2010



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Extraction device may increase FOG supplies

The biodiesel industry is continually searching for new outlets of fats, oils and grease (FOG) that producers can tap into. To that end, the Fairfield, N.J.-based company, Renewable BioSystems LLC, has recently licensed the North American rights to make and market what it dubs "advanced oil extraction" units with "significant waste-to-energy conversion metrics."READ MORE

ASABE revises its biodiesel standard

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has revised its standard for testing biodiesel fuel. ASAE EP552.1, Reporting of Fuel Properties when Testing Diesel Engines with Alternative Fuels Derived from Plant Oils and Animal Fats, covers the reporting of testing of any alternative fuels derived from plant oils and their blends with petroleum diesel for use in diesel engines.READ MORE Biodiesel Magazine

Biodiesel comes to Ottumwa BP terminal

Biodiesel blending is now available at the BP fuel terminal in Ottumwa, Iowa, the only one of six BP terminals to offer biodiesel in the state. With an $80,000 grant from the U.S. DOE, Renewable Energy Group Inc. helped fund the construction of CW Terminals' 30,000-gallon heated biodiesel storage tank at BP's Ottumwa terminal, from which distributors can splash blends from B5 to B20 and higher, depending on customer needs.READ MORE

Western Iowa Energy rejects REG merger

Shareholders of Western Iowa Energy LLC in Wall Lake, Iowa, recently voted down the proposal to consolidate its assets and liabilities under Renewable Energy Group Inc.'s umbrella. The proposal, which has been in the works for nearly a year, was voted down by a narrow margin, with 40 percent of the unit holders voting against the agreement and 38 percent voting for it, according to Western Iowa Energy's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.READ MORE

Iowa B5 legislation alive and well

Despite reports from various media outlets that the Iowa Biodiesel Board called "erroneous," the bill that would mandate 5 percent biodiesel blending in Iowa's diesel pool, Senate File 464, is still "alive and well," said Randy Olson, director of the IBB. With the RFS2 now in place, Olson said biodiesel will be used by oil companies in states that have requirements, because these drive infrastructure development. He testified before the House Agriculture Committee on March 1 in favor of the proposed Iowa Biodiesel Fuel Quality Standard measure. The measure, which passed the State Senate last year with bipartisan support and now awaits passage in the House, would ensure that petroleum companies blend at least 5 percent biodiesel (B5) into the state's diesel fuel.READ MORE

Another Jobs Bill for biodiesel to watch

On March 1, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act, a $150 billion piece of legislation that includes an extension of the biodiesel tax credit. It could see a vote this week, after fierce bickering has dominated proposals for job creation legislation between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.READ MORE
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