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May 22, 2015

NORA releases comprehensive biodiesel/Bioheat report

BY The National Oilheat Research Alliance Pursuant to law, Congress requires the National Oilheat Research Alliance to prepare a report on the utilization rate and analysis of the use of biofuels in oilheating equipment. The report, the most comprehensive of its kind, was released in May. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

US Coachways reaches $10,000 donation mark with NBF

BY The National Biodiesel Board US Coachways has topped $10,000 in donations to the National Biodiesel Foundation, making it the single largest donor independent of the biodiesel industry to date. The company donates to help support sustainable practices in the motorcoach industry. READ MORE

May 20, 2015

UN Sustainable Energy for All deploys global bioenergy initiative

BY The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials UN FAO, RSB, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM, Novozymes and the UN Foundation partner to scale up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions to meet the global need for sustainable energy. READ MORE

May 20, 2015

Methes to devote part of biodiesel capacity to other bioproducts

BY Methes Energies International Ltd. Methes Energies announced it will start offering epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) and natural polyol from its Sombra, Ontario, biodiesel production facility. The company will convert 20 percent of its 13 MMgy capacity to produce ESO and natural polyol. READ MORE

May 19, 2015

National Biodiesel Board launches new ad campaign

BY The National Biodiesel Board To celebrate biodiesel's benefits that touch cities and towns, fields and farms, water and air, a new advertising campaign demonstrates how it is fueling America as a low-carbon, renewable energy source. The TV ads focus on biodiesel in motion. READ MORE

May 18, 2015

Aemetis expands biodiesel sales to truck operators in India

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis has expanded sales activity in India since January when the government of India allowed biodiesel manufacturers to sell to customers directly, without distributing through the three national oil marketing companies. READ MORE

May 14, 2015

Biodiesel helps power Volvo Ocean Race

BY The National Biodiesel Board The Volvo Ocean 65 race boats that sailed into Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, for the North American Stopover are refueling with biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil sourced from thousands of New England restaurants. READ MORE

May 14, 2015

Researchers produce jet fuel compounds from fungus

BY Washington State University Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of aviation biofuels. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

BDI successfully completes biodiesel retrofit project in Spain

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG ecoMotion Biodiesel S.A., a company of the international SARIA Group, commissioned BDI for installation of a high-FFA esterification unit in its Barcelona biodiesel plant, which was recently completed. The plant can now use low-grade feedstocks. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

2014-'16 RFS rule under review by White House OMB

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA's proposed rulemaking for the 2014-'16 RFS volume requirements is officially undergoing review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, marking a final step before the rules are released for public review. READ MORE

May 07, 2015

Democratic senators tell EPA to set strong biodiesel RFS standard

BY The Office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Al Franken, D-Minn., called on the U.S. EPA May 7 to set a strong RVO for biodiesel under the federal RFS. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

REG Q1 report 'reflects challenging market conditions,' Oh says

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc.'s Q1 revenues were $230.9 million. REG sold 26.6 percent more gallons of biomass-based diesel compared to Q1 2014, while revenues were up by 5.4 percent. Adjusted EBITDA was -$30.2 million, down considerably from Q1 2014. READ MORE

May 05, 2015

Algae.Tec delivers PBR to Reliance's Jamnagar oil refinery

BY Ron KotrbaAlgae.Tec announced May 5 that is has shipped its first algae photobioreactor to Jamnagar province in India as part of its contract with Reliance Industries to build an 84-gallon-per-day pilot plant at the world's largest oil refinery. READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Neste Oil reports more renewable diesel capacity in Q1 results

BY Katie Fletcher Renewable diesel producer Neste Oil released financial results for the first quarter of 2015, reporting that a strong refining environment, favorable currency rates, and good internal performance made for an excellent first quarter. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

3 brothers plead guilty to $145 million e-Biofuels RIN fraud scam

BY U.S. Department of Justice Chad Ducey, 39, of Fishers, Indiana, pleaded guilty April 28 for his role in a multistate scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. His two brothers, Chris and Craig, pleaded guilty last week. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

Aemetis launches India Biodiesel Manufacturers Association

BY Aemetis Inc. The group was launched as an eight-member association with a focus on expanding the biodiesel market in India, decreasing air pollution and reducing India's dependence on foreign oil. It will work to remove regulatory hurdles and educate consumers. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

EPA opens comment period on carinata oil GHG analysis

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA is accepting comments on its analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions attributed to the production and transport of Brassica carinata oil feedstock for the use in making biofuels, such as biodiesel, renewable diesel and jet fuel. READ MORE

April 28, 2015

Parliament votes to approve EU biofuels cap, provides closure

BY Ron KotrbaThe European Parliament voted April 28 to approve the 7 percent cap on first-generation biofuels, providing a degree of closure to the long-debated measure. European biofuel trade associations now want talks to focus on post-2020 policy. READ MORE

April 27, 2015

Mississauga biodiesel equipment shipped to Havelock, Ontario

BY Methes Energies International Ltd. Methes received a second payment for the sale of its Denami 600 biodiesel processor, removed and shipped from its Mississauga plant to its client Drain Bros. in Havelock, Ontario, and the company's first PP-MEC pretreatment system installation. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

Biodiesel wholesaler Amerigreen celebrates 10-year anniversary

BY Ron KotrbaLancaster, Pennsylvania-based Amerigreen Energy Inc., a domestic fuel and biodiesel wholesaler, is celebrating 10 years in business, and as the company has matured, it's had to change with the times. But Amerigreen has never wavered from its roots. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

San Francisco gets new biodiesel-electric bus; many more to come

BY San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has taken delivery of its first New Flyer Industries electric trolley and biodiesel-electric hybrid buses. SFMTA has purchased 61 new biodiesel-electric hybrid buses, but it may procure up to 163. READ MORE

April 22, 2015

US EPA releases March, Q1 2015 RIN generation figures

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March. More than 191 million D4 biomass-based diesel RINs (128 million gallons) were generated in March, bringing the net total for Q1 2015 to 472.28 million RINs. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

Cima Green's Joseph Furando pleads guilty to biodiesel RIN fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice Joseph Furando, together with two companies he operated in New Jersey, pleaded guilty April 15 for their parts in an Indiana-centered scheme with e-Biofuels to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

UC employs synergistic approach to AD, algae and biodiesel

BY Ashley Duvelius University of Cincinnati researchers developed a breakthrough synergistic technology that uses anaerobic digestion to turn nutrient-rich food waste into biogas and fertilizer while using the CO2 fraction of biogas to grow algae for biodiesel. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Total to convert oil refinery to renewable diesel production

BY Ron KotrbaTo curb financial losses, French oil company Total announced plans to invest $216 million to convert its La Mede oil refinery in southern France to a renewable diesel facility that will produce up to 500,000 tons per year (more than 160 MMgy). READ MORE

April 15, 2015

State report: Biodiesel use continues to grow in Iowa

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A report from the state's revenue department showed that biodiesel sales (B100) increased by more than 15 percent over 2013 to an all-time-high of 33.3 million gallons. In turn, biodiesel now accounts for 4.6 percent of Iowa's total diesel supply. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

European biofuels cap 1 step closer to parliamentary approval

BY Erin Voegele and Ron Kotrba On April 14, the environment committee of the European Parliament voted to endorse a deal struck earlier this year that aims to cap the use of first-generation biofuels at 7 percent. Germany's UFOP and other EU organizations provide their take. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

UK energy department releases 2014 liquid biofuel data

BY Erin Voegele The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released provisional annual energy statistics for 2014, reporting that biodiesel accounted for 3.4 percent of total diesel last year while ethanol accounted for 4.6 percent of gasoline. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

EPA to finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS rules by November

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel, will be finalized by Nov. 30. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

Unique Oakland biodiesel project receives $3.4 million grant

BY Ron KotrbaViridis Fuels, a 20 MMgy biodiesel project in Oakland, California, is being awarded a $3.4 million grant to build its project. The company intends to build America's most visible biodiesel plant at the foot of the heavily traveled Bay Bridge. READ MORE

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