North America

November 17, 2022

EPA: 4 new SRE petitions filed, 9 SRE petitions currently pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Nov. 17 released updated SRE data, reporting that four new SRE petitions were filed under the RFS during the past month. According to the agency, 9 SRE petitions are now pending, up from five that were pending as of mid-October. READ MORE

November 17, 2022

Neste to acquire US-based used cooking oil collection business

BY Neste Corp. Neste has agreed to acquire the used cooking oil (UCO) collection and aggregation business and related assets in the U.S. from Crimson Renewable Energy Holdings LLC. The transaction includes several assets on the West Coast. READ MORE

November 16, 2022

USDA clarifies information on eligible applicants for HBIIP

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has clarified information regarding eligible applicants for the current funding cycle of its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which opened in August. Applications for this round of HBIIP funds are due Nov. 21. READ MORE

November 15, 2022

Senate ag committee holds hearing on Farm Bill energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleThe Senate Ag Committee on Nov. 15 continued its work to develop the 2023 Farm Bill with a hearing focused on rural development and energy programs, including HBIIP, REAP, the BioPreferred Program, and 9003 loan guarantee program. READ MORE

November 15, 2022

United Airlines invests in Next Renewable Fuels

BY United Airlines On Nov. 15, United Airlines Ventures announced a strategic investment in Next Renewable Fuels, which is permitting a flagship biofuel refinery in Port Westward, Oregon, with expected production beginning in 2026. READ MORE

November 15, 2022

Biobased diesel fuels deliver major GHG emission reductions

BY Diesel Technology Forum Use of low-carbon renewable diesel and biodiesel fuels are delivering significant GHG and other emissions reductions in California, and hold expanded opportunities for reducing carbon emissions from the trucking sector in other states. READ MORE

November 14, 2022

Calumet considers pivot to SAF production at Montana facility

BY Erin VoegeleCalumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. is considering plans to ramp up SAF production at its Montana Renewables biorefinery to as high as 230 MMgy. That facility, currently focused on renewable diesel production, began commissioning this fall. READ MORE

November 11, 2022

BC Ferries reduces emissions with biodiesel

BY BC Ferries BC Ferries has removed the equivalent of nearly 3,000 cars from the road over the past year and did so without altering a single sailing, or the customer experience. The organization used B5, B20 fuel blends and renewable diesel. READ MORE

November 11, 2022

WestJet invests in the future of SAF in Canada

BY WestJet WestJet on Nov. 2 announced a three-month commitment to operating all flights, from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Calgary International Airport (YYC) with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Neste. READ MORE

November 11, 2022

$1.5 billion in IRA funding strengthens DOE national laboratories

BY U.S. Department of Energy The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy, on Nov. 4 announced $1.5 billion from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act to build and upgrade America’s national laboratories. READ MORE

November 10, 2022

EPA delivers proposed rule to set 2023 RFS RVOs to the OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Nov. 9 delivered its proposed rule to set RFS blending obligations for 2023 and beyond to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final stage before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

November 10, 2022

CastleRock Green Energy to build biofuel facilities in Washington

BY CastleRock Green Energy CastleRock Green Energy, a renewable energy and infrastructure fund based in New York, New York, has announced its intention to build a pair of 20 million gallon per year biofuel production facilities in the area of Shelton, Washington. READ MORE

November 09, 2022

USDA maintains forecast for soybean oil use in biofuel production

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its forecast for 2022-’23 soybean oil use in biofuel production in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Nov. 9. The estimate for 2021-’22 soybean oil use in biofuel was increased. READ MORE

November 08, 2022

Biofuel groups participate in Treasury roundtable on IRA

BY Erin VoegeleThe Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are among the organizations that participated in a virtual roundtable with the U.S. Department of Treasury on Nov. 7 that focused on implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. READ MORE

November 07, 2022

USDA: US biodiesel exports up in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 94,391.3 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of B30 or greater in September, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Nov. 3. Biodiesel imports were at 65,176.7 metric tons for the month. READ MORE

November 07, 2022

EPA to release 2023 RFS proposed rule by Nov. 30

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA and Growth Energy filed a notice with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Nov. 4 agreeing to extend the Nov. 16 deadline for the release of a proposed rule to set 2023 RFS RVOs. That deadline is now set for Nov. 30. READ MORE

November 03, 2022

Biofuel groups call GAO report on SREs shoddy, obsolete

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the biofuels industry are slamming a report on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s small refinery exemption (SRE) program released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Nov. 3, calling the report shoddy and obsolete. READ MORE

November 03, 2022

Novozymes reports 32% increase in bioenergy sales in Q3

BY Erin VoegeleNovozymes released Q3 financial results on Nov. 3, reporting that bioenergy sales were up 32 percent for the three-month period and 26 percent for the first nine months of the year. Overall sales were up 6 percent for the quarter. READ MORE

November 02, 2022

CVR Energy ramps up renewable diesel production

BY Erin VoegeleCVR Energy Inc. has reported its renewable diesel unit at the Wynnewood refinery in Oklahoma continued to increase production during the third quarter. A feedstock pretreatment unit is expected to be operational next year. READ MORE

November 02, 2022

Biofuel, ag groups praise EPA’s decision to reverse SREs

BY Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association and American Coalition for Ethanol Growth Energy, RFA, ACE and NFU on Nov. 1 filed a motion to intervene in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the U.S. EPA’s decision to deny 69 petitions from refineries seeking small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS. READ MORE

November 01, 2022

Marathon: Martinez conversion to be mechanically complete in 2022

BY Erin VoegeleMarathon Petroleum Corp. on Nov. 1 confirmed that phase 1 of the renewable diesel conversion project at the company’s Martinez refinery in California is expected to be mechanically complete by the end of 2022. READ MORE

November 01, 2022

IEA report outlines growth potential for liquid biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe International Energy Agency on Oct. 27 released its World Energy Outlook 2022. The report, in part, predicts global biofuel consumption could more than double by 2030 and continue to increase through 2050. READ MORE

November 01, 2022

Topsoe technology to be installed at Canadian biorefinery

BY Topsoe Topsoe has been selected by Federated Co-operatives Ltd. to officially support the production of renewable diesel in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. FCL has chosen Topsoe’s HydroFlex process to produce low-carbon renewable diesel. READ MORE

October 31, 2022

EIA: US biofuel capacity reaches 21.37 billion gallons in August

BY Erin VoegeleTotal U.S. operable biofuels production capacity was down slightly in August, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on Oct. 31. Feedstock consumption for August was down when compared to the previous month, but up when compared to August 2021. READ MORE

October 31, 2022

Alder Fuels to utilize BTG Bioliquids fast pyrolysis technology

BY BTG Bioliquids On Oct. 27, as part of its goal to unleash production of 1 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel, Alder Fuels has selected BTG Bioliquids to be part of the first Alder Greencrude (AGC) processing facility in the U.S. Southeast. READ MORE

October 28, 2022

Biodiesel, renewable diesel reduce emissions in California

BY Clean Fuels Alliance America Clean Fuels Alliance America on Oct. 28 hailed California’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory for 2020, which reported a 16 percent decrease in transportation carbon emissions due in part to increasing use of biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

October 27, 2022

USDA seeks public input on IRA’s biofuel infrastructure funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA will host a virtual listening session on Nov. 3 that focuses on Section 22003 of the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides $500 million in biofuels infrastructure funding. A 30-day public comment period is also being opened. READ MORE

October 27, 2022

Neste’s Q3 renewables sales impacted by logistical delays

BY Erin VoegeleNeste released third quarter financial results on Oct. 27, reporting that its Renewable Products segment performed well despite an adverse impact from margin hedging and some logistical delays in product deliveries. READ MORE

October 26, 2022

Fluor awarded contract for Imperial renewable diesel project

BY Fluor Corp. Fluor Corp. was awarded a reimbursable front-end engineering and detailed design, engineering and procurement services contract for Imperial for its renewable diesel complex under development at the Strathcona refinery inear Edmonton, Alberta. READ MORE

October 25, 2022

Valero reports profitable Q3 for renewable diesel, ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleValero Energy Corp. released Q3 financial results on Oct. 25, reporting both its renewable diesel and ethanol operations were profitable during the quarter. The company also said additional renewable diesel capacity will be online next month. READ MORE