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May 18, 2016

EPA's proposed 2018 biodiesel RFS rule calls for modest growth

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board called for the Obama administration to strengthen a U.S. EPA proposal released May 18 that would raise the biodiesel volume requirement under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) by only 100 million gallons in 2018. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

CEC awards Biodico $1.2M grant for Zero Net Energy Farms project

BY Biodico Inc. Biodico Inc. announced that the California Energy Commission awarded the company a $1.2 million grant for its Zero Net Energy Farms project, which would enable farms to generate all electrical and heating power needs from on-site renewable resources. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

CRC report supports position of biodiesel as low carbon fuel

BY The National Biodiesel Board A new consensus report from the Coordinating Research Council adds to the growing evidence in support of biodiesel as a low carbon fuel. Key conclusions from this report show that carbon emissions from biofuels are declining relative to petroleum. READ MORE

May 16, 2016

Bill intro'd to reform, extend biodiesel tax credit through 2019

BY Ron KotrbaLegislation was introduced May 13 by Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., to extend the biodiesel tax incentive through 2019 and reform it as a domestic production credit. The NBB and ASA are encouraged by the measure. READ MORE

May 13, 2016

EPA honors biodiesel champs: Harvard U. and Medford, NJ, schools

BY The National Biodiesel Board U.S. EPA honored two long-time biodiesel leaders for their outstanding commitment to the environment, including a carbon reduction strategy fueled by biodiesel. The EPA recognized Harvard University and Medford Township Public Schools in New Jersey. READ MORE

May 13, 2016

White House OMB reviewing EPA rule to amend RFS program

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA delivered a proposed rule to amend the RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget on May 10. The rule is titled Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule. OMB is already reviewing the proposed 2018 biodiesel RVO. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

Profile: FPL achieves key emissions reductions with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Florida Power & Light's journey to revolutionize its fleet started in 2006. Today, FPL purchases more than 500,000 gallons of B100 annually for its 1,840 biodiesel-powered vehicles. FPL's fleet runs primarily on B20 but it uses blends up to B35. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

Spain's capital city purchases 51 B100-compatible hybrid buses

BY Ron KotrbaSweden-based Scania AB announced that in June it will begin to deliver 51 hybridized Scania Citywide buses to Spain's capital city of Madrid. The company says the buses are compatible with up to 100 percent biodiesel or renewable diesel. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Eugene con man sentenced in $1.4 million biodiesel fraud scheme

BY The U.S. Attorney's Office-District of Oregon U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown sentenced Jack Holden, 76, of Eugene, Oregon, to 87 months in prison, restitution of $1,410,760, and a special assessment of $1,500 for his role in a fraudulent biodiesel scheme that spanned three continents. READ MORE

May 06, 2016

Markit acquires interest in commodities markets firm Prima

BY Ron KotrbaGlobal financial information services provider Markit announced May 6 it has acquired an interest in commodity markets research and price reporting agency Prima Markets, a firm whose focus is on the interface between biofuels, energy and ag markets. READ MORE

May 05, 2016

National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe leaves organization

BY Ron KotrbaThe National Biodiesel Board announced May 5 that its CEO Joe Jobe has left the organization to pursue other opportunities after nearly 20 years of service. The NBB will begin the search for a permanent replacement immediately. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

Genscape tracks Australian biodiesel landing in Houston

BY Ron KotrbaGenscape Vesseltracker identified a shipment of 1.3 million gallons of biodiesel from Australia arriving to the Houston area April 27. The event is newsworthy since U.S. EIA data show no U.S. imports of biodiesel from Australia since January 2013. READ MORE

May 02, 2016

REG expands logistics, storage at Danville biodiesel plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG Danville purchased a nearby tank complex for $1.5 million. The tanks are being connected to its existing infrastructure and will increase storage capacacity for feedstock by nearly 1 million gallons and biodiesel by up to 12 million gallons. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

Iowa legislature unanimously extends blender pump program funding

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa legislature voted 94-0 in the House of Representatives and 49-0 in the Iowa Senate to secure another year of funding for the state's very successful biodiesel and ethanol blender pump program, the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

REG begins $7 million upgrade project at DeForest biodiesel plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG celebrated the formal opening of the newest addition to its fleet of biorefineries April 26 with a ribbon cutting at REG Madison. The event also served as a groundbreaking for roughly $7 million of additional investment into the biorefinery. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Latest diesel quality trends revealed in biennial survey

BY Infineum International Ltd. Infineum has revealed initial results from its latest biennial global Winter Diesel Fuel Quality Survey, offering a unique update on the current trends in the industry across the global marketplace. The survey collected samples from eight countries. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance certifies Big Island Biodiesel

BY The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance With a production capacity of 5.5 MMgy and utilizing state-of-the art distillation technology to produce the highest quality biodiesel in the country, the plant is the first biodiesel facility of its kind in the U.S. to earn this certification. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

Iowa lawmakers vote to extend, expand state biodiesel incentives

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board The Iowa House passed legislation to extend and expand state biodiesel incentives, including a tax credit that helps keep the state's 13 biodiesel producers competitive, and a retailer's credit that entices fuel retailers to carry biodiesel blends. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Diamond Green Diesel plans major expansion project

BY Ron KotrbaDiamond Green Diesel, the 160 MMgy renewable diesel facility in Louisiana, is expanding production to 275 MMgy. Completion is expected late 2017, with production to ramp-up in early 2018. The plant will operate at full capacity during the expansion. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Crop update: Fewer soybeans from Argentina?

BY UFOP The 2015-'16 South American soybean production could be much smaller than has long been expected because of weather-induced losses in Argentina. In Brazil, harvest figures more or less match forecasts as the harvest is coming to a close. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

Proposed 2018 RFS biomass-based diesel rule at OMB for review

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA delivered the proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard, including RVOs for renewable fuel, advanced and cellulosic biofuel, and the 2018 RVO for biomass-based diesel, to the White House Office of Management and Budget April 15. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

EPA clarifies provision of RFS Quality Assurance Program rule

BY Erin VoegeleAccording to documents published by the EPA, the agency added product transfer document (PTD) requirements for renewable fuels to the final QAP rule. The words 'custody or' were inadvertently added, but its finalized amendment clarifies its position. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

Distribution of Neste Pro Diesel expands to Latvia

BY Neste Corp. Neste Pro Diesel is now available from the most of the Neste stations in Latvia. Pro Diesel supplements the range of Futura fuels launched previously in the Baltic region and Russia. Neste Pro Diesel is available in Finland, Lithuania and Latvia. READ MORE

April 13, 2016

New Leaf Biofuel celebrates 10 years, new BQ-9000 certification

BY New Leaf Biofuel The San Diego biodiesel producer's 10-year anniversary comes hand-in-hand with a new fuel quality accreditation. Ten years providing environmentally friendly biodiesel is a significant milestone for the young biodiesel industry. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Average biodiesel blend bought in Iowa reaches 11 percent

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association An analysis of a recent Iowa Department of Revenue report shows the average biodiesel blend purchased in Iowa reached 11 percent in 2015, an increase from the 9.4 percent average blend in 2014 and a new all-time record. READ MORE

April 06, 2016

Minnesota breathes easier after 10 years with biodiesel standard

BY The American Lung Association in Minnesota Minnesota's commitment to biodiesel use has paid off with an important impact on air quality, according to an analysis of the cleaner-burning fuel by the American Lung Association in Minnesota. The state is the first to require 10 percent biodiesel. READ MORE

April 06, 2016

AGQM, FAM invite participants in biodiesel round robin testing

BY AGQM In cooperation with the Mineral Oil and Fuels Standardization Committee within DIN (FAM), the Association Quality Management Biodiesel e. V. (AGQM) is again organizing a round robin test for biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel. The deadline is April 24. READ MORE

April 05, 2016

Algae.Tec receives additional work orders from India's Reliance

BY Ron KotrbaAlgae.Tec announced receipt of additional works orders from India’s Reliance Group, increasing the size and scope of its original contract by $1.14 million. Algae.Tec is building a pilot plant at Reliance's massive oil refinery in Jamnagar, India. READ MORE

April 05, 2016

Austrian biodiesel technology provider wins award for BTL process

BY Ron KotrbaBDI-BioEnergy International AG received an innovation award for its biomass-to-liquid technology, called BioCrack, March 29 during Austria's State Awards Innovation 2016 ceremony held by the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Industry. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

EBB reacts to WTO panel report on Argentine complaint

BY The European Biodiesel Board A World Trade Organization panel published its report March 29 in the case brought by Argentina regarding the EU antidumping measures on Argentinian biodiesel imports. The EBB regards the panel decision as a first episode in the legal battle. READ MORE

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