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September 26, 2016

Lame duck Missouri Gov. Nixon pulls a dine-and-dash on biodiesel

BY The Missouri Soybean Association Missouri's biodiesel fund is currently $9.6 million in arrears. The legislature had fully funded repayment during the springtime legislative session, but Gov. Nixon's budget cuts this summer and again in September turned that black ink back to red. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

Biodiesel tax credit positioning intensifies as expiration nears

BY Ron KotrbaWith a contentious election and the end of the legislative year looming, stakeholders are stepping up measures and urging Congress to renew or reform key tax incentives. U.S. biodiesel producers want reform while others support the status quo. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

JetBlue makes one of history's largest biojet purchase agreements

BY JetBlue JetBlue announced a 10-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston, a bioenergy company, Sept. 19. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

UK's Argent Energy wins awards for waste-based biodiesel supply

BY Argent Energy Argent Energy, one of the U.K.’s leading suppliers of sustainable biodiesel, has won two awards at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership's Low Carbon Champions Awards 2016: the Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year Award and the Grand Prix Award. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

EU court annuls tariffs against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaThe General Court of the European Union has annulled antidumping measures imposed three years ago on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. The court made its ruling Sept. 15 in five separate judgements addressing cases brought by six companies. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Iowa Biodiesel Board elects Western Dubuque's Brooks as new chair

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board A new Iowa Biodiesel Board chair was elected Sept. 14 during the organization's annual meeting. Tom Brooks, general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa, will lead the IBB for the next year up to a three-year term. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Biodiesel's ILUC emissions further reduced in Purdue modeling

BY The National Biodiesel Board Wally Tyner, a professor at Purdue University, presented his research team's latest findings regarding GHG emissions of producing biodiesel from soybeans, which show land use change emissions could be up to 70 percent lower than what CARB adopted. READ MORE

September 14, 2016

High Plains Bioenergy acquires former Blue Sun Biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaSeaboard Foods subsidiary High Plains Bioenergy has acquired the former Blue Sun Biodiesel plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. The facility has been renamed HPB-St. Joe Biodiesel and will produce 28 MMgy when running at full capacity. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

Duonix Beatrice begins commercial-scale biodiesel production

BY Flint Hills Resources After a lengthy retrofit project, Flint Hills Resources and Benefuel Inc. announced Sept. 13 the startup of the 50 MMgy Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant and the first successful commercial-scale application of Benefuel's innovative Ensel technology. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

REG's biodiesel sales volume hits new heights in August

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group Inc. announced Sept. 13 it sold more than 50 million gallons of biomass-based diesel last month, a first in the company's history. REG has 12 active biorefineries across the U.S. and an expansive distribution network. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

RSB reaccredited weeks after EU court slams certification system

BY Ron KotrbaThe European Commission recently reaccredited RSB's EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability program. The re-recognition came just weeks after the EU Court of Auditors said the EU certification system for sustainability is not fully reliable. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

KLM to operate biofuel flights out of Los Angeles

BY KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KLM signed a three-year contract for a supply of sustainable biofuel in Los Angeles. The fuel is produced by the local biorefinery AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG. LAX is the world's second airport to incorporate biofuel into regular refueling. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

Biodiesel blending in Germany rose considerably in June

BY Ron KotrbaThe German government reported that biodiesel demand for blending amounted to 61 million gallons in June, the largest monthly quantity in more than a year. The total biodiesel volume blended in the first half of 2016 was 330.2 million gallons. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs major climate bills into law

BY Ron KotrbaCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown signed two major climate bills into law Sept. 8, SB 32 and AB 197. The new laws require the state to cut emissions at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and invest in communities hardest hit by climate change. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

Select stations in Finland to sell 100 percent renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaNeste plans to sell 100 percent renewable diesel at select stations in Finland come January. The company says the product launch is one way it plans to participate in the centennial celebration of Finland's independence from Russia in 1917. READ MORE

September 07, 2016

REG Geismar pays off $100 million GOZone bonds ahead of maturity

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG announced the redemption in full of the $100 million GOZone bonds ahead of their 2033 maturity date. The bonds were issued by the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority to help finance construction of the company's 75 MMgy renewable diesel plant. READ MORE

September 07, 2016

Tesoro to acquire Virent for commercialization of BioForming tech

BY Virent Independent oil refiner and marketer Tesoro will become Virent's new strategic owner. The acquisition will support the scale-up and commercialization of Virent's BioForming technology for the production of low carbon biobased fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

September 06, 2016

Air Force working to 'home-grow' biofuels for DOD, industry

BY Marisa Novobilski, Air Force Research Laboratory The Defense Production Act Title III Program Office, part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, is playing a critical role in commercializing technology to produce environmentally friendly fuel sources, which are paramount to national security. READ MORE

September 02, 2016

Germany's biodiesel trade gap narrows as imports up, exports down

BY Ron KotrbaGerman exports are down by about a fifth in the first half of 2016 compared to the same time period last year, while imports reached 390,000 tons (117.1 million gallons), a 46 percent jump over to the first half of 2015, according to Germany's UFOP. READ MORE

August 31, 2016

World Energy acquires 72 MMgy biodiesel plant in Mississippi

BY Ron KotrbaWorld Energy announced Aug. 31 that it has acquired Elevance Natchez Inc.'s 72 MMgy biodiesel refinery located on the Mississippi River in Natchez, Mississippi. World Energy has been supplying BQ-9000-certified biodiesel from the plant since 2013. READ MORE

August 30, 2016

Chicago Park District's biodiesel program to be showcased Sept. 8

BY Chicago Area Clean Cities The Chicago Park District will showcase its innovative biodiesel program at a Fleet Education Seminar hosted by the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition Sept. 8. CPD uses B50 in 56 fleet vehicles and B10 to B20 biodiesel blends in nearly 200 more. READ MORE

August 29, 2016

Biox announces closing of CAD$1.8 million credit facility

BY Biox Corp. Biox Corp. announced that in connection with its acquisition earlier this year of a 50 million liter per year (13.2 MMgy) biodiesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, the company has obtained a CAD$1.8 million credit facility from Farm Credit Canada. READ MORE

August 26, 2016

No compromise of LCFS in new California climate bills

BY Ron KotrbaThe California State Senate and Assembly passed what are being hailed as a pair of groundbreaking climate bills, SB 32 and AB 197, which Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to sign. The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition said the bills keep the LCFS intact. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

An in-depth review of the National Advanced Biofuels Conference

BY Ron KotrbaThe National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo, co-located with the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop, took place this summer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This in-depth review covers the event's technical sessions on biojet, biogas and biodiesel. READ MORE

August 22, 2016

Speakers, agenda announced for the 2016 Energy Conference

BY The 2016 Energy Conference The 2016 Energy Conference, Sept. 19-21 in Des Moines, Iowa, will bring public and private entities together to discuss energy policy, climate change, and to network. Its purpose is to create profit-driven opportunities for energy independence. READ MORE

August 22, 2016

Texas A&M to host course on plant operations, process engineering

BY Texas A&M University The Process Engineering R&D Center at Texas A&M University is offering a hands-on short course in plant operations and process engineering for solvent and biofuel facilities Oct. 16-19 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. READ MORE

August 19, 2016

US EPA commits to meeting statutory RFS reporting requirements

BY Erin Voegele On Aug. 18, the U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General published a report finding that two of the agency's offices have not complied with certain statutory reporting and analysis requirements concerning the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

August 18, 2016

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance seeks qualified auditors

BY Ron KotrbaTo help keep costs down, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance wants to develop a nationwide database of regional resources for certification candidates. The organization is requesting CVs from qualified auditors across the country to accomplish this. READ MORE

August 17, 2016

Truck stop association against redefining obligated party in RFS

BY Erin Voegele The National Association of Truck Stop Operators has issued a statement opposing efforts to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to rack sellers, a position supported by oil lobby AFPM. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

New small device tests biodiesel percentage in 60 seconds or less

BY Ron KotrbaThe new Estercheck instrument by U.K.-based Stanhope-Seta Ltd. uses micro mid-range infrared built into a handheld measurement platform. With a three-step test procedure, results are gained in less than 60 seconds with accuracy down to 0.2 percent. READ MORE

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