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EPA issues RFS pathway approval for BP facility processing carinata oil

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By Erin Voegele

June 13, 2024

PolicyBusinessFeedstocks

The U.S. EPA on May 22 announced it has approved a RFS pathway for BP’s Cherry Point refinery in Blaine, Washington, that will allow the facility to generate D5 advanced biofuel RINs for renewable diesel produced via the coprocessing of carinata oil.

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The USDA maintained its forecast for 2024-’25 soybean oil use in biofuel production in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released June 12. The overall 2024-’25 outlook for soybeans includes higher beginning and ending stocks.

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U.S. biofuels operable production capacity expanded slightly in March, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 31. Feedstock consumption was up when compared to both the previous month and March 2023.

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The USDA is seeking information from the public on protocols that may be considered for inclusion in a new Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Program, the main program of the Growing Climate Solutions Act.

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The USDA currently predicts soybean oil use in biofuel production will increase by 1 billion pounds to 14 billion pounds for 2024-25, according to the agency’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released May 10.

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The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Nebraska Innovation Campus on May 6 celebrated the groundbreaking of the National Center for Resilient and Regenerative Precision Agriculture.

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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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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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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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The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is predicting a 3% increase in soybean planted area for 2024, according to the agency’s annual Prospective Plantings report, which was released March 28.

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CoBank is predicting U.S. soybean crush capacity will expand 23% over the next three years. In a report released March 21, the company discusses the risk that this rapidly expanding capacity could exceed renewable diesel growth.

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Japan-based petroleum company ENEOS Corp. on March 22 announced that a coalition of Japanese and South Korean companies have entered an MOU to cooperate on feedstock for a SAF project ENOES is developing.

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On National Biodiesel Day, March 18, the clean fuels industry celebrates a milestone in renewable fuel history while honoring the legacy of Rudolf Diesel, the visionary behind the diesel engine.

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Yield10 Bioscience Inc. has reported that its proprietary varieties of winter Camelina sativa (camelina) in development responded as expected to herbicides in the first field tests conducted in the U.S.

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The U.S. Department of Energy on March 15 released the 2023 Billion-Ton Report (BT23), which shows that the U.S. could sustainably triple its production of biomass to more than 1 billion tons per year.

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Canadian canola growers will soon be able to benefit from new and expanding market opportunities for renewable fuel feedstocks linked to bioenergy with the new Cargill Power Canola program.

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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 March 8. The forecasted soybean oil price was reduced.

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Bunge Chevron Ag Renewables LLC, a joint venture of Bunge and Chevron, on March 4 celebrated the groundbreaking of a new oilseed processing facility in Louisiana. The plant is expected to be operational in 2026.

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A recent life cycle assessment highlights a notable 22% decrease in the carbon footprint associated with U.S. production of crude soy oil, which is a key feedstock for U.S. biodiesel, renewable diesel and SAF producers.

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Total U.S. operable biofuels production capacity fell slightly in December, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Total feedstock consumption was up when compared to both the previous month and December 2022.

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Vertex Energy Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on Feb. 28, reporting that the company’s renewable diesel production unit at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, produced 3,786 barrels per day during the three-month period.

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Yield10 Bioscience Inc. on Feb. 14 announced it has granted VISION Bioenergy Oilseeds LLC a global license to certain proprietary varieties of camelina sativa for the production of feedstock oil for biofuels.

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The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office announced $29 million in funding to drive research, development, and demonstration of low-carbon-intensity, purpose-grown energy crops critical to accelerating a clean energy economy.

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Researchers at U.K.-based De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have pioneered a new manufacturing process which could make the creation of biofuel from waste cooking oil faster and more efficient.

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The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has named the 15 teams advancing as finalists in the AlgaePrize 2023–2025 competition. Each team will receive $10,000 to support research projects over the next 16 months.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released a summary report following its Deploying Purpose-Grown Energy Crops for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) workshop held June 6-7, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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The USDA maintained its projection for 2023-’24 soybean oil use in biofuel production in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Feb. 8. The agency reduced its forecast for soybean oil prices.

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Loamist, a climatetech startup, has announced its pre-seed financing and emergence from stealth mode, marking the public release of its Biomass Explorer product, a tool that addresses the critical challenge of accessing biomass.

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Total U.S. biofuel operatable production capacity was up slightly in November, with gains for ethanol, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Jan. 31. Total feedstock consumption was down slightly from October.

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