Historic 5-year extension of biodiesel tax credit signed into law

The biodiesel industry achieved a monumental milestone Dec. 20 when President Donald Trump signed into law a new budget deal that includes an historic five-year extension of the $1 per gallon blenders tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel.

Trump’s EPA yet again hurts farmers, biofuels in final RFS rule

U.S. EPA released its final rule for the 2020 RFS and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2021. The agency is keeping biodiesel volumes flat while providing little surety that future small refinery exemptions will be properly accounted for.

Swedish waste power plant upgrades burners to run on biodiesel

Waste 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.

USDA seeks applications for advanced biofuel payment program

The USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service published a notice on Dec. 18 seeking applications from biofuel producers under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which provides quarterly payments to producers of qualified advanced biofuels.

City of Boston contracts REG partner Broco Oil for Bioheat

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.

Biodiesel, soybean leaders ask Trump to improve 2020 RFS rule

Twenty-four state and national trade associations representing soybean growers and biodiesel producers delivered a letter to President Donald Trump Dec. 18, asking that he direct the U.S. EPA to do more in the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard final rule.

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