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EPA: 1.89 billion RINs generated in January

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By Erin Voegele

February 20, 2024

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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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Phillips 66 on Jan. 31 confirmed that the renewables conversion of its Rodeo, California, refinery is nearing completion. The facility will shut down crude oil operations in February and is expected to begin producing renewable fuels during Q1 2024.

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Vertex Energy Inc. on Jan. 23 released an operational update, reporting that the renewable diesel production unit at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, produced approximately 3,900 barrels per day during the fourth quarter of 2023.

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Greenergy has successfully commissioned expansion projects at two of its biodiesel plants in the U.K. and in Amsterdam. The works included an upgrade of feedstock pretreatment processes, allowing the plants to take in a wider range of waste oils.

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The U.S. EPA’s 2023 RFS data shows that U.S. production of biomass-based diesel – including biodiesel, renewable diesel, SAF, and heating oil – reached 4 billion gallons in 2023, according to Clean Fuels Alliance America.

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U.S. operable biofuels production capacity expanded in October, with gains for both renewable diesel and biodiesel, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 29. Feedstock consumption was also up.

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More than 1.99 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in November, up from 1.95 billion generated during the same period of last year. Total RIN generation for the first 11 months of 2023 reached 21.55 billion.

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CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange on Dec. 14 released a report focused on forces that will shape the U.S. rural economy next year. The report predicts that both ethanol producers and soybean crushers will benefit from rising demand for biofuels in 2024.

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Neste has completed the strategic study launched in September 2022, and begins a gradual transformation of its crude oil refinery in Porvoo, Finland into a leading renewable and circular solutions refining hub.

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Starting as a family owned business 70 years ago, Neste-owned Mahoney Environmental collects and processes UCO from 80,000 businesses, sending it on to ultimately be used for renewable fuel production.

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Continually pivoting to stay competitive and grow since its founding in 2008, Green Energy Biofuel has no intentions of stopping.

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SAF Magazine in collaboration with CAAFI, has announced the 2024 North American SAF Conference & Expo will take place Sept. 11-13, 2024, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event is accepting abstract submissions through May 10.

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Swedish fuel company Preem on Nov. 27 announced it will invest SEK 5.5 billion ($532.82 million) to convert its refinery in Lysekil, Sweden, to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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The U.S. EPA on Nov. 16 released updated RIN data, reporting that nearly 2.11 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in October, up from 1.81 billion generated during the same month of last year.

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Aemetis expects to secure the authority to construct air permit for its proposed SAF/RD project in early 2024, according statements made during a Q3 earnings call. Company officials also discussed ongoing biogas, ethanol, biodiesel and CCS projects.

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SATORP, platform jointly owned by Aramco (62.5 percent) and TotalEnergies (37.5 percent), has for the first time in the MENA region successfully converted used cooking oil through coprocessing into ISCC+ certified SAF.

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CVR Energy Inc. processed a record volume of renewable feedstock at its Wynnewood refinery during Q4. The facility’s feedstock pretreatment unit is nearing mechanical completion and CVR is continuing to evaluate the possibility of producing SAF.

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U.S. biofuels operable production capacity was up slightly in August, with a small gain for ethanol, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on Oct. 31. Feedstock consumption was down slightly from the previous month.

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Nearly 1.95 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in September, up from 1.73 billion generated during the same month of 2022, according to data released by the U.S. EPA. Total RIN generation for the first nine months of 2023 was at 17.41 billion.

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Tidewater Renewables on Nov. 9 confirmed that its 3,000-barrel-per-day renewable diesel complex in Prince George, British Columbia, produced its first renewable diesel on Oct. 22 and as of Nov. 7 had progressed to commercial operations.

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Vertex Energy Inc. released Q3 financial results on Nov. 7, reporting its renewable diesel production unit at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, operated at approximately 67.5 percent of phase one nameplate capacity during the three-month period.

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Chevron Lummus Global LLC on Nov. 7 announced the completion and successful startup of an ISOTERRA unit as part of Chevron's renewable fuel conversion project at their El Segundo Refinery in Southern California.

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PBF Energy Inc. has announced that its St. Bernard Renewables biorefinery, collocated with its Chalmette oil refinery in Louisiana, reported positive earnings for the third quarter of 2023, which was its first full quarter of operations.

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Marathon Petroleum Corp. on Oct. 31 reported that the renewable diesel joint venture at its Martinez refinery in California is expected to be operating at its full 730 MMgy capacity by the end of the year.

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Imperial Oil Ltd. on Oct. 27 confirmed the renewable diesel project under construction at its Strathcona refinery remains on track for startup in 2025. The company has also successfully completed coprocessing trials at all its refineries.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 6 percent the week ending Sept. 15, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 20. Fuel ethanol stocks were up 2 percent and exports were up 60 percent.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane processing and ethanol production were both up during the second half of August. Ethanol sales for the full month were up more than 9 percent from last year.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production was up nearly 3 percent the week ending Sept. 8, according to date released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 13. Ethanol stocks were down 2 percent and exports were down 17 percent.

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