North America

June 27, 2022

Growth Energy challenges EPA’s ‘alternative compliance’ approach

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy filed petitions for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s decision to excuse certain refineries from their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 24, 2022

Sustainable Oils opens North American headquarters in Montana

BY Sustainable Oils Inc. Sustainable Oils on June 23 celebrated the opening of its North American headquaters in Great Falls, Montana, which icludes plant breeding and research labs. The company specializes in the breeding, research, and marketing of camelina. READ MORE

June 23, 2022

Biofuel, ag groups comment on SEC climate disclosures rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy, RNG Coalition, NCGA, and ASA are among the ag and biofuel groups that have weighed in on a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rule that focuses on climate-related disclosures. READ MORE

June 23, 2022

Clean Fuels: Renewable fuels lower prices at the pump

BY Clean Fuels Alliance America On June 22, Clean Fuels Alliance America wrote to President Joe Biden, administration officials, and congressional leaders to say that U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel producers are working to extend fuel supplies and provide relief at the pump. READ MORE

June 22, 2022

Pennsylvania issues partial, temporary suspension of B2 mandate

BY Erin VoegelePennsylvania on June 17 announced a partial and temporary suspension of the state’s 2 percent biodiesel mandate. The action aims to help fuel suppliers alleviate diesel shortages by making it easier to source diesel from surrounding states. READ MORE

June 22, 2022

Fuels Institute paper explores the carbon benefits of biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe Fuels Institute in June published a new white paper that discusses the carbon benefits of various biofuels. The paper also addresses matters related to policy, feedstocks availability, and vehicle and infrastructure constraints. READ MORE

June 21, 2022

OMB’s spring regulatory agenda includes timelines for RFS rules

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has indicated it will release proposed rules related to the 2023 RFS RVO and state requests to allow summer E15 sales within the next several months. The agency will also soon finalize pending canola oil fuel pathways under the RFS. READ MORE

June 20, 2022

EPA: 1.84 billion RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released data showing that nearly 1.84 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in May, up from 1.72 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

June 17, 2022

B20 Club welcomes City of Warrenville as newest member

BY Illinois Soybean Association The B20 Club recently welcomed the City of Warrenville as its newest member, according to the Illinois Soybean Association. The city began fueling 15 vehicles and various pieces of equipment with B20 starting in 2018. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

House passes biofuel infrastructure, E15 bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives on June 16 voted 221 to 204 in favor of the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, a legislative package that includes funding for biofuel infrastructure and a provision to allow year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

EPA: 3 SRE petitions currently pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on June 16 published updated data on small refinery exemptions (SREs) filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard, reporting that only three SRE petitions are currently pending, down from 69 that were pending as of mid-May. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

Avfuel invests in Alder Fuels

BY Avfuel Corp. Avfuel Corp. on June 16 announced a multimillion-dollar investment in Alder Fuels—a clean tech company pioneering first-of-its-kind technologies for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

Neste: SAF delivered to New York using existing pipelines

BY Neste Corp. SAF has been safely delivered to New York’s LaGuardia Airport through the Colonial and Buckeye pipeline systems – two essential pieces of American energy infrastructure. The low-emission jet fuel will power a Delta Air Lines flight. READ MORE

June 15, 2022

Compass Datacenters announces new biodiesel partnership

BY Compass Datacenters Compass Datacenters has announced a new partnership with Foster Fuels, making Compass the first data center provider to use hydrogenated vegetable oil-based biodiesel (HVO) to fuel its on-site generators. READ MORE

June 14, 2022

Senators ask GAO if SRE denials require congressional review

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.; Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.V.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., are asking the GAO to determine whether the U.S. EPA’s June 3 denial of 69 SREs must be submitted to Congress for review under the Congressional Review Act. READ MORE

June 13, 2022

Chevron completes acquisition of REG

BY Erin VoegeleChevron Corp. on June 13 completed its previously announced acquisition of biofuel producer Renewable Energy Group Inc. The rebranded business segment, Chevron Renewable Energy Group, will remain headquartered in Ames, Iowa. READ MORE

June 13, 2022

House to vote on biofuel infrastructure, E15 bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the Lower Food and Fuels Costs Act, a legislative package that includes funding for biofuel infrastructure and a provision to allow year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

June 09, 2022

Biden nominates McKalip to serve as chef ag negotiator at USTR

BY Erin VoegelePresident Biden on June 8 announced his intent to nominate Doug McKalip to serve as chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The USDA, USTR and USGC have spoken out in support of his nomination. READ MORE

June 09, 2022

Willow Glen Terminal accepts first shipment of biofuel feedstock

BY Willow Glen Terminal LLC Willow Glen Terminal LLC in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, on May 31 announced receipt of its inaugural product shipment. WGT has entered into an agreement to supply renewable fuel feedstock to a leading renewable diesel producer in Norco, Louisiana. READ MORE

June 09, 2022

Great Eastern Shipping conducts biodiesel trial

BY Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd. The Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd. announced it has successfully completed India’s first trials on an MR tanker in international waters using biofuel-blend B20M, a blend of ISCC certified 20 percent FAME biofuel and 80 percent VLSFO. READ MORE

June 07, 2022

USDA: US biodiesel exports up in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 70,214.1 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of B30 and greater during April, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 7. Biodiesel imports were at 73,588.5 metric tons for the month. READ MORE

June 07, 2022

Pacific Biodiesel opens off-grid biodiesel fueling station

BY Pacific Biodiesel The first of six mobile biodiesel fueling stations in Hawai‘i opened on June 3 at Ma‘alaea Small Boat Harbor on Maui. Pacific Biodiesel installed and will operate the off-grid fueling station at the busy harbor. READ MORE

June 07, 2022

National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo opens call for speakers

BY BBI International The call for speaker presentation ideas is now open for the 2022 National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo (NCCC) taking place Nov. 8-9, 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa. The NCCC will accept speaker abstracts through July 8. READ MORE

June 06, 2022

DOE BETO releases 2020 R&D State of Technology report

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in May released its “BETO 2020 R&D State of Technology” report, which provides a status of research and development efforts and assesses progress made toward BETO goals. READ MORE

June 06, 2022

ADM, Marathon break ground on soybean processing plant

BY ADM Leaders from ADM and Marathon Petroleum Corp., along with local, state and federal policymakers, on June 6 celebrated the groundbreaking for North Dakota’s first dedicated soybean processing facility. READ MORE

June 03, 2022

EPA issues final RVO, biointermediates rule and denies 69 SREs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on June 3 finalized the 2021 and 2022 RFS RVOs, reduced the existing RVO for 2020, finalized regulations related to biointermediates, denied 69 SREs petitions, and proposed an alternative RIN retirment schedule for small refineries. READ MORE

June 03, 2022

USDA distributes $700M in COVID-19 aid for biofuel producers

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on June 3 announced it has distributed a combined $700 million in COVID-19 aid to 195 biofuel production facilities. More than $486 million of that aid was awarded to 62 producers located in socially vulnerable communities. READ MORE

June 02, 2022

NATA, other industry groups urge Biden to address SAF roadblocks

BY National Air Transportation Association The National Air Transportation Association joined forces with a host of other aviation stakeholders urging the Biden Administration to address significant regulatory roadblocks that currently hinder wide-scale commercialization of SAF. READ MORE

June 02, 2022

REG stockholders approve agreement to be acquired by Chevron

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc.'s stockholders on May 17 voted to adopt the previously announced definitive agreement in which REG will be acquired by Chevron Corp. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2022. READ MORE

June 01, 2022

DOE opens $59M FOA for advanced biofuels, ethanol GHG reductions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy on June 1 opened a $59 million funding opportunity to support the scale-up of integrated biorefineries and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction in first generation ethanol production. READ MORE