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EIA: Biofuel capacity relatively stable in March, feedstock use up

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By Erin Voegele

June 03, 2024

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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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More than 2.06 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in April, up from 1.84 billion generated during the same month of last year, according to data released by the U.S. EPA on May 16.

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. on May 10 reported that operations at its Montana Renewables biorefinery improved sequentially through Q1 and was operating at planned production levels in April, producing both renewable diesel and SAF.

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Aemetis Inc. released Q1 results on May 9, reporting increased revenues. Company officials confirmed the company’s biodiesel, RNG and ethanol segments performed well during the quarter and provided an update of proposed SAF and CCS projects.

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Tidewater Renewables Ltd. on May 9 reported that its renewable diesel facility in Prince George, British Columbia operated well during the first quarter. The company also made significant progress on FEED for its proposed SAF project.

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Vertex Energy Inc. on May 9 announced it will cease renewable diesel production at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, and return the previously converted hydrocracker unit to fossil fuel production later this year.

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PBF Energy Inc. on May 2 announced that its St. Bernard Renewables facility operated well during the first quarter of this year, producing an average of 18,000 barrels per day of renewable diesel during the quarter.

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CVR Energy Inc. on April 30 confirmed that the feedstock pretreatment unit at the Wynnewood biorefinery in Oklahoma has begun operations. The company also continues to evaluate the development of two proposed SAF projects.

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Marathon Petroleum Co. on April 30 confirmed the Martinez Renewable Fuels biorefinery in California is currently operating at 50% capacity, but said the facility is expected to ramp up to 100% capacity by the end of the year.

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Phillips 66 on April 26 announced its Rodeo biorefinery in San Francisco is expected to be producing 50,000 barrels per day of renewable fuels by the end of Q2. The facility is scheduled to have the capability to produce SAF components by Q3.

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Aemetis Inc. has announced it is implementing the Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) system worldwide for all Aemetis operations in the U.S. and India to support current operations and expansion projects.

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Valero Energy Corp. on April 25 announced that its SAF project in Texas is progressing ahead of schedule and expected to be operational this year. The company also reported its ethanol and renewable diesel operations were profitable during Q1.

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Vertex Energy Inc. on April 18 announced the renewable diesel production unit at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, operated at approximately 50% of nameplate capacity during the first quarter of 2024, in line with the company’s previous forecasts.

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. on April 16 released a Q1 operational update, reporting that its Montana Renewables biorefinery operated well throughout the three-month period, with production volumes sequentially improved each month.

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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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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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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 U.S. EPA on March 21 released updated RIN data, reporting that nearly 2.02 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in February, up from 1.91 billion generated the previous month and 1.76 billion generated in February of last year.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine announced this week the preliminary agenda for the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) taking place June 10-12, 2024 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Tidewater Renewables Ltd. on March 14 announced that its 3,000-barrel-per-day renewable diesel facility in Prince George, British Columbia, is currently operating at near nameplate capacity. Work is also progressing on proposed plans to produce SAF.

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Aemetis Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on March 7, reporting the company achieved important milestones in its biodiesel, RNG, ethanol, SAF and carbon capture business segments last year.

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Chevron Renewable Energy Group has idled its biodiesel plants located in Ralston, Iowa, and Madison, Wisconsin. A company spokesperson confirmed that the two facilities will be closed indefinitely, citing poor market conditions.

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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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Calumet released Q4 financial results on Feb. 23, announcing that Montana Renewables returned to normal operations in December following the replacement of a cracked steam drum and providing an update of the company’s proposed MaxSAF initiative.

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CVR Energy Inc. released Q4 results on Feb. 20, reporting that the feedstock pretreatment unit at its Wynnewood refinery in Oklahoma is mechanically complete. The company is also continuing to evaluate projects to add SAF capacity at two refineries.

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PBF Energy Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on Feb. 15, reporting that the company’s St. Bernard Renewables (SBR) facility produced approximately 12,000 barrels per day of renewable diesel during the three-month period.

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More than 1.89 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in January, up from 1.76 billion generated during the same month of 2023, according to a data released by the U.S. EPA on Feb. 15.

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Iowa biodiesel production steady in 2023

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By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

February 06, 2024

In 2023, Iowa biodiesel production kept steady at 350 million gallons, nearly the same as the 349 million gallons produced in 2022. Soybean oil increased to 77 percent of the feedstock for Iowa biodiesel production during the year.

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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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