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July 21, 2016

40 US senators call for higher biodiesel targets in RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board Forty U.S. senators from across the country called on the EPA July 21 to strengthen biodiesel volumes in the pending renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal. The EPA proposed 2.1 billion gallons for 2018, but the senators are pushing for 2.5 billion. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Enzymatic biodiesel plant in St. Joseph, Missouri, sold

BY Ron KotrbaOcean Park Advisors announced July 20 that its client, Terra Biodiesel Holding LLC, closed the sale of its biodiesel plant located in St. Joseph, Missouri, to an undisclosed strategic buyer. OPA acted as exclusive advisor to Terra Biodiesel Holding. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Biodiesel catalyst supplier commissions L-lysine plant in Brazil

BY Ron KotrbaSpecialty chemicals company and biodiesel catalyst supplier Evonik Industries AG has commissioned a new fermentation plant in Brazil to produce 80,000 metric tons of its Biolys-branded L-lysine, an amino acid used as an animal feed additive. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Canadian, Quebec governments invest $76.5M in bio-oil facility

BY Ron KotrbaThe governments of Canada and Quebec announced in July they will provide a combined $76.5 million in funding to AE Cote-Nord Bioenergy Canada Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues at its Port-Cartier facility. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

1st sustainable flight in Africa fueled by tobacco-based biojet

BY The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials On Boeing's 100th anniversary, South African Airways celebrated Africa's first sustainable biofuel flight. The flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, used biojet fuel produced from Sunchem's nicotine-free tobacco plant. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

40-plus groups call on Congress to end tax breaks for Big Oil

BY Ron KotrbaIn a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse coalition of environmental, veterans, labor, renewable fuels and social justice groups is challenging Congress to repeal nearly $4 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies given to Big Oil. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

US DOE awards $15M to advance algae-based biofuels, bioproducts

BY DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy The U.S. DOE announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. The three recipients are Global Algae Innovations Inc., Algenol Biotech LLC and MicroBio Engineering Inc. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

Record year in store as June biodiesel imports highest since 2013

BY Will Martin On June 29, the Ardmore Seahawk delivered its second load of Argentine biodiesel to Jacksonville, Florida. The shipment of1.47 million gallons capped off an unusually active June in what is shaping up to be an unusually active year for imports. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

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

BY Ron KotrbaA bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to extend the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2019 and restructure the incentive from a blenders credit to a domestic production credit. The bill mirrors House legislation introduced in May. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

NBB's RFS comments: Proposal fails to build on industry's success

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. EPA is significantly underestimating biodiesel's capacity to deliver more advanced biofuel to U.S. consumers in the coming years, the National Biodiesel Board said in public comments on a pending renewable fuels proposal. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

Hawaii Gov. Ige signs renewable fuels production tax credit

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies Pacific Biodiesel President Robert King attended in early July the formal signing of the Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit by Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a long-awaited incentive for biofuels producers in the state. The credit takes effect in 2017. READ MORE

July 06, 2016

Carlsbad, California, city fleet fueling with renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaCarlsbad, California, is now fueling its city diesel fleet with Propel Diesel HPR (High Performance Diesel), a fuel produced by Neste and specially formulated and distributed by Propel Fuels that consists of 98.5 percent renewable diesel. READ MORE

July 06, 2016

Brazil's Ubrabio, RSB partner to promote sustainable biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaThe Brazilian Biodiesel and Biojetfuel Union (Ubrabio) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials have joined forces in discussions and decision-making processes to promote sustainability in Brazil's biofuels and biomaterials production chain. READ MORE

July 06, 2016

Comment period on proposed RFS rule closes July 11

BY Erin Voegele The comment period for U.S. EPA's proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, closes July 11. More than 6,000 comments have been filed so far. READ MORE

July 05, 2016

Maui County eliminates biodiesel road tax, price drops 9 cents

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies Pacific Biodiesel rolled back the retail price of its Maui pump station biodiesel July 1 by 9 cents per gallon, the amount of the on-road biodiesel fuel tax exempted by Maui County in its fiscal year 2017 budget, which also took effect July 1. READ MORE

July 05, 2016

Student videos provide energy solutions for next generation

BY Amerigreen Energy Amerigreen Energy and its 100 percent American fuel dealers hosted a video essay challenge as a way for students to express their thoughts on energy solutions for the future. The contest was open to students in grades 1-12, as well as undergraduates. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

Biox, World Energy JV closes on acquisition of 90 MMgy plant

BY Biox Corp. A 50/50 joint venture between Biox Corp. and World Energy announced June 30 that it has closed on the acquisition of a 90 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Houston, Texas, formerly known as Green Earth Fuels. Start-up will occur in Q3. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

NBF elects REG's Lindsay Fitzgerald to executive committee

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation The National Biodiesel Foundation elected Lindsay Fitzgerald of Renewable Energy Group Inc. to its executive committee during the June board meeting in Washington, D.C. The NBF advances initiatives that are important to the biodiesel industry. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

CARB releases set of biodiesel, renewable diesel LCFS pathways

BY Ron KotrbaCalifornia Air Resources Board released a set of carbon intensity (CI) pathways June 30 for biodiesel and renewable diesel pathways certified under the readopted low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) regulation using the CA-GREET 2.0 model. READ MORE

June 29, 2016

2 Florida men plead guilty to multistate biodiesel fraud scheme

BY U.S. Department of Justice Davanzo and Fedyna operated entities that purported to purchase biodiesel, on which credits had been claimed and which was ineligible for additional credits, produced by co-conspirators at Gen-X Energy Group and Southern Resources and Commodities. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Australian govt. supports development of Queensland biorefinery

BY The Australian Renewable Energy Agency The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is providing $2.4 million for Southern Oil Refining to develop and construct a biocrude and biofuel laboratory in Queensland. The project will inform the feasibility of a biojet and renewable diesel biorefinery. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Study finds US biodiesel industry supports nearly 48,000 jobs

BY The National Biodiesel Board Nearly 100 biodiesel industry leaders are converging on Capitol Hill June 28 to call for strong clean-fuels policy as a new study finds that the U.S. industry supports nearly 48,000 jobs. Imports, however, are lowering that job number significantly. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

Kosher distillers corn oil opens market prospects for glycerin

BY Ron KotrbaWith nearly a fifth of the U.S. biodiesel feedstock market share, corn oil from the ethanol production process is contributing more glycerin to the marketplace. But if that oil is not kosher, the market opportunities for its glycerin are limited. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

NBB to Congress: Biodiesel is advanced biofuel success story

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel is delivering the vast majority of advanced biofuel under the RFS and is poised for continued growth with strong policy, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel told Congress in a hearing on RFS implementation issues. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

Conventional, advanced biofuel leaders gather in Milwaukee

BY Ron KotrbaThe National Biodiesel Board's Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel participated in a panel with other biofuel industry leaders at the 32nd Annual International FEW and co-located National Advanced Biofuels Conference in Milwaukee June 21. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

The Future of Freight

BY Ron KotrbaVirtually 100 percent of biomass is transported by diesel power. And that won't change. What has changed is that diesels continue to provide cleaner, more fuel-efficient and less carbon-intense transportation of goods such as biomass. READ MORE

June 20, 2016

Biox acquires Methes' 50 MMly Sombra, Ontario, biodiesel plant

BY Biox Corp. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada-based biodiesel producer Biox Corp. announced June 17 it has acquired a 50 million liter (13.2 million gallon) nameplate capacity biodiesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, from Methes Energies Canada Inc. for USD$4.5 million. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

Nat'l Biodiesel Board launches promotional advertising campaign

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB has launched a promotional media campaign for the fifth straight year. With a theme of More is Less, the ads illustrate that Americans can significantly reduce carbon emissions and other pollution by using more biodiesel in vehicles and fleets. READ MORE

June 15, 2016

Global companies unite in below50 to scale up sustainable fuels

BY The World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forward-thinking businesses are partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials and Sustainable Energy for All through a global initiative called below50 to promote sustainable fuels. READ MORE

June 15, 2016

GRFA: Commit to biofuels policies to achieve COP21 targets

BY The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance The GRFA called on parties to the COP21 climate agreement to take action to reduce carbon emissions from transportation and incorporate increased biofuels blending as part of their national plans. To date, 177 parties have signed the agreement. READ MORE

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