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July 01, 2015

Volkswagen renewable diesel evaluation program completed

BY Volkswagen of America Inc. Volkswagen of America announced completion of its Renewable Diesel Evaluation Program in collaboration with Solazyme and Amyris. VW measured environmental impacts from use of precommercial renewable diesel formulas with TDI Clean Diesel technology. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

Major changes to USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program in new rule

BY Erin Voegele The program is now open to renewable chemical and biobased product manufacturers. Also, the requirement that the majority of the biorefinery production must be an advanced biofuel to be eligible has been removed, in addition to more changes. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Atlantic Biodiesel celebrates opening of 45 MMgy plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaAtlantic Biodiesel officially opened its 45 MMgy biodiesel plant in Welland, Ontario, June 25. The former Great Lakes Biodiesel plant gained new ownership after GLB lender Heridge S.a.R.L. won the assets from a bankruptcy auction early this year. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Italian firm ready to license glycerin-to-bioplastics technology

BY Ron KotrbaItalian intellectual property company Bio-on S.p.A. announced a recent advancement in development of technology for making polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from glycerol. The company says it is ready to grant licenses for this new technology. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

Biodiesel supporters to press EPA on renewable fuel standard

BY The National Biodiesel Board Two dozen biodiesel representatives are slated to testify at an EPA hearing June 25 on the agency's latest proposal establishing volumes under the RFS. They plan to thank EPA for increasing volumes in the proposal while calling for further growth. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

Iowa fuel tax savings kicks in for biodiesel blends July 1

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board As of July 1, diesel blended with at least 11 percent biodiesel (B11) will enjoy a tax exemption of 3 cents a gallon compared to regular diesel, a legislative victory celebrated by the Iowa Biodiesel Board and its supporters. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

Boeing expands 757 testing to improve environmental performance

BY Boeing Boeing announced the next phase in ecoDemonstrator 757 testing June 19, including the first flight with U.S.-made green diesel and two new environment-related technologies. The program's mission is to improve aviation's environmental performance. READ MORE

June 19, 2015

EPA management of RFS program scrutinized at US Senate hearing

BY Anna Simet U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe fielded dozens of hard questions and endured heavy scrutiny during a June 18 Senate hearing held to discuss the agency's management of the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

June 19, 2015

Illinois economists examine long-term trajectory of proposed RVO

BY Sue Retka Schill What would the long-term implications be if the U.S. EPA maintains the policy trajectory outlined in the May 29 proposed renewable volume obligations? University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good recently analyzed that question. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Biodiesel producers take RFS advocacy to Congress

BY The National Biodiesel Board Nearly 120 biodiesel producers and other industry leaders from California to Florida are visiting Washington, D.C., this week calling on lawmakers to push for a strong renewable fuel standard (RFS) as the U.S. EPA finalizes a long-awaited rule. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

States eligible for $100M in USDA biofuel infrastructure grants

BY USDA The Commodity Credit Corporation announced June 12 that all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., may now apply for up to $100 million in grants under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Team to drive across US on 1 tank of Neste renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaNeste Oil announced that a team of motorsport enthusiasts will drive from Florida's Atlantic shoreline to California's Pacific coast June 21-26 on a single tank of NExBTL renewable diesel in a Superlite Coupe powered by a 1.9L TDI engine. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Renewable energy targets quadrupled globally since 2005

BY The International Renewable Energy Agency Renewable energy targets are now a defining feature of the global energy landscape, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. The report shows 164 countries have adopted at least one type of renewable energy target. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Training program teaches diesel mechanics about biodiesel

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board A federal grant has helped expand a program to educate diesel technicians about biodiesel throughout the Midwest. In conjunction with the IBB and Clean Cities, this biodiesel training program will be offered on two different dates this month in Iowa. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

German biodiesel exports down 23 percent

BY Ron KotrbaGerman biodiesel exports for Q1 2015 dropped to about 97 million gallons, down 23 percent from Q1 2014 exports of nearly 127 million gallons, according to an appraisal by AMI based on data from the German Federal Statistical Office. READ MORE

June 04, 2015

Alaska Airlines, WSU partner to advance use of biojet fuel

BY Alaska Airlines Washington state's hometown airline is teaming up with the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance to advance the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals. READ MORE

June 02, 2015

Researchers study benefits of double-cropping camelina, soybeans

BY The American Society of Agronomy Russ Gesch, a plant physiologist with the USDA Soil Conservation Research Lab in Morris, Minnesota, found encouraging results when growing Camelina sativa with soybeans in the Midwest. Water use and other attributes of double-cropping were studied. READ MORE

May 29, 2015

EPA RFS proposal gives biodiesel a modest trajectory of growth

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA finally issued its long-awaited volume proposals for the RFS. The proposal calls for 1.63 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel for 2014, 1.7 billion gallons for 2015, 1.8 billion gallons for 2016 and 1.9 billion gallons for 2017. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

Renewable share of US energy consumption highest since 1930s

BY The U.S. Energy Information Administration Renewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of total domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply. READ MORE

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

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