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Proposed North Dakota refinery to co-process renewable feedstocks

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By Erin Voegele

21 hours ago

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Meridian Energy Group Inc., the developer of a proposed greenfield oil refinery in Belfield, North Dakota, on April 16 announced that the facility will have the ability to co-process up to 4,000 barrels per day vegetable oil.

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The U.S. Department of Energy is advancing ambitious decarbonization targets for the maritime transportation sector, both domestically and internationally at Singapore Maritime Week by teaming with over 15 government and industry partners.

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Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance has announced the largest ever collection of deals to purchase high-integrity SAF certificates (SAFc), with SABA members committed to channel close to $200 million into purchasing SAFc over five years.

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A joint statement issued by President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minster KISHIDA Fumio on April 10 outlines the intentions of the two countries to cooperate on expanding the availability SAF including SAF made from ethanol.

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Boeing is buying 9.4 million gallons of blended SAF to support its 2024 U.S. commercial operations, reducing its carbon emissions and working to help grow the supply of the fuel globally. This is the company's largest annual SAF purchase.

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Minnesota begins transition to B20 for summer months

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By Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council

April 15, 2024

Now in its seventh year since the B20 requirements were enacted, the state of Minnesota is beginning its transition toward a 20-percent biodiesel blend (B20) during the summer months.

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Neste and Air New Zealand have signed an agreement for the supply of 2.4 million gallons of neat Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. The agreement follows an earlier SAF delivery to Air New Zealand in 2022.

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Desert Jet has partnered with TITAN Aviation Fuels to establish the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its flagship FBO, Desert Jet Center at KTRM, including using SAF for its charter aircraft fleet.

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A biorefinery in Sweden developed as a joint venture between Nordic energy group St1 and Swedish forest products company SCA on April 10 commenced commercial operations to produce SAF, renewable diesel, and biobased naphtha and LPG.

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The USDA maintained its forecast for 2023-’24 soybean oil use in biofuel production in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released April 11. The forecasted price for soybean oil was also unchanged.

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The U.S. Department of Energy will award up $18.8 million to address research and development (R&D) challenges in converting algae, such as seaweeds and other wet waste feedstocks, to biofuels and bioproducts.

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Colonial Oil Industries Inc. will pay a $2.8 million civil penalty and purchase and retire 9 million RINs at an estimated price of $12.2 million under a settlement agreement reached with the EPA and Justice Department related to CAA violations.

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Strategic Biofuels has received a strategic investment commitment from Magnolia Sustainable Energy Partners, a newly formed Japanese-based investment consortium created by Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp.

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New Rise Renewables on April 9 announced work is underway to convert its existing renewable diesel plant located near Reno, Nevada, to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). SAF production is currently expected to commence this summer.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine announced the keynote speakers for the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) being held June 10-12, 2024 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is once again offering the statewide On-Farm Biodiesel Credit Program to farmers who buy a biodiesel blend for their Iowa farm tank. The program offers up to 50 cents per gallon.

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The University of Missouri’s FAPRI in March released a report featuring 10-year baseline projections for U.S. agricultural markets that predicts renewable diesel and SAF production will grow over the next decade while biodiesel production declines.

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The Startup World Cup, the world’s largest startup pitch competition, will select one winner from Pitch Day at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo to compete in the Startup World Cup Finale.

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Implementation of a bipartisan bill to encourage the use of higher blends of biodiesel took effect in Illinois on April 1. ISA Chairman Ron Kindred and other supporters call the new law a landmark statute.

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World Fuel Services will supply the U.K. Ministry of Defence with 5.15 million liters of aviation fuel. The supplied fuel is blended with approximately 40% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), sourced from Neste.

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The U.S. exported 30,040.8 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of B30 or greater in February, according to data released by the USDA on April 4. Biodiesel imports were at 180,488 metric tons for the month.

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EIA now publishes interregional renewable diesel rail shipment data

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By U.S. Energy Information Administration

April 04, 2024

In its March Petroleum Supply Monthly, the U.S. Energy Information Administration introduced data on the interregional movement of renewable diesel. With the new data, the EIA now captures most of the renewable diesel movements to the West Coast.

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IRFA: Iowa sets E15, biodiesel blending records in 2023

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By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

April 03, 2024

Data released by the Iowa Department of Revenue shows E15 sales increased 47% year-on-year to a record 178 million gallons. The report also found a record 68 million gallons of biodiesel was blended into Iowa diesel for 2023.

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Ryanair on March 28 announced that it has purchased 1,000 metric tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Shell. That volume of SAF is enough to fuel over 200 flights from Stansted to Madrid.

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Phillips 66 on April 1 announced that its Rodeo refinery in San Francisco has commenced commercial production of renewable diesel. The facility is expected to begin producing SAF components during the second quarter of this year.

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The RFA is urging federal officials to use a 30-year time frame to account for LUC emissions as they work to complete the upcoming 40BSAF-GREET model, which will be used to calculate emissions reductions for the SAF tax credit.

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The U.S. EPA has rescheduled a planned webinar on the biogas regulatory reform rule (BRRR) provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The webinar, originally scheduled for April 4, will now take place April 12 from 11:00-3:30 p.m. ET.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration on April 1 opened a $269 million funding opportunity under its Airport Improvement Program. SAF infrastructure projects are among those eligible for the funding.

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U.S. biofuels operable production capacity was unchanged in January, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on March 29. Total feedstock consumption was down when compared to the previous month.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America is expressing extreme disappointment in the U.S. EPA’s final GHG Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles-Phase 3. The rule does not address the emission reduction potential of biodiesel and renewable diesel.

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