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December 07, 2016

US President-elect Trump nominates Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

BY Erin Voegele and Ron Kotrba U.S. President-elect Donald Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as EPA administrator. Pruitt has been vilified by environmentalists, but representatives of bioenergy industries say they look forward to working with him. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

3 sentenced in final chapter of Imperial Petro, e-Biofuels fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice Jeffrey Wilson and Craig and Chad Ducey were sentenced to years in prison for their roles in the multimillion dollar fraud schemes involving biodiesel tax and RIN credits, and shares of Imperial Petroleum. Four others were previously sentenced. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

Grant funds test market potential for biojet fuel research

BY Washington State University Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team has demonstrated a new process for making biojet fuel. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Employee of feedstock company pleads guilty to conspiracy

BY U.S. Department of Justice An employee of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor, Unity Fuels, pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a scheme to alter and destroy documents following the company's receipt of a subpoena issued by a federal grand jury. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

US biodiesel leaders take message of jobs, energy security to DC

BY The National Biodiesel Board Three dozen biodiesel leaders from Kansas to Rhode Island took to the halls of Congress to champion America's advanced biofuel. Biodiesel is a true American success story. The U.S. market has grown by nearly 2 billion gallons in the past 10 years. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

South African biodiesel producer recognized for ethical practices

BY Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan recognizes Biogreen Diesel with the 2016 South Africa Company of the Year Award. Biogreen has earned a reputation for delivering high-quality biodiesels that are sourced ethically and manufactured using the industry-best standards. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Industry welcomes updated DOE biodiesel guide

BY The National Biodiesel Board The Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide is a comprehensive document designed to educate those who blend, distribute and use biodiesel and biodiesel blends. It provides basic information on the proper and safe use of biodiesel in engines and boilers. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Post-2020 EU biofuel reduction bad for environment, farmers, jobs

BY Ron KotrbaThe European Commission issued its proposal for the post-2020 RED. The EU plans to reduce first-gen biofuels from 7 to 3.8 percent. Biodiesel interests say this is a victory for fossil fuels at the expense of farmers, jobs and the environment. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

GAO RFS reports paint incomplete picture of advanced biofuels

BY Ron KotrbaThe GAO issued two reports on how the RFS is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing GHG emissions and expanding advanced biofuel production. The biofuel industries can attribute this shortfall back to the federal government in various ways. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

Biodico Zero Net Energy Farm delivers 1st biodiesel batch to UCSB

BY Biodico Inc. Biodico announced Nov. 29 it made its first delivery of biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara. The biodiesel produced from used cooking oil collected at the university will fuel tractors and other diesel-powered equipment at UCSB. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

New chemical enhances biodiesel, ethanol production

BY Ron KotrbaBASF is introducing a new version of its Lutropur brand of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) with higher active concentration for multiple applications in biodiesel and ethanol processing. BASF's new Lutropur MSA-XP features 94 percent active concentration. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Final 2017-'18 RFS rule: Advanced biofuel RVO grows at 19 percent

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. EPA released its final RVO rule Nov. 23. Advanced biofuel is up 19 percent from 3.61 billion gallons in 2016 to 4.28 billion gallons in 2017, and up 280 million gallons from its proposal, while biomass-based diesel for 2018 is up 100 million. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Illinois Soybean Association welcomes 2 new members to B20 Club

BY The Illinois Soybean Association The Chicago Park District and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County are the newest members of the B20 Club, funded by the ISA checkoff program to support biodiesel use. ISA sponsors the B20 Club with the American Lung Association in Illinois. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

US EPA opens comment period on RFS point of obligation proposal

BY Ron Kotrba and Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register proposing to deny several petitions requesting the agency redefine the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), officially opening a 60-day public comment period. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Biodiesel's presence in future EU policy revealed in leaked draft

BY Ron KotrbaA leaked draft of annexes from the EC's revised Renewable Energy Directive shows that fuels produced from food or feed crops, such as sustainable biodiesel from rapeseed oil, will continue to serve a role in the post-2020 EU transport fuel sector. READ MORE

November 21, 2016

US EPA opens comment period on proposed REGS rule to modify RFS

BY Erin Voegele On Nov. 16, U.S. EPA's proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule was published in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Comments are due Jan. 17. EPA first released the proposal Oct. 3. READ MORE

November 21, 2016

Renewable diesel powers Hamburg airport's heavy-duty ground fleet

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable diesel will power heavy-duty vehicles in Hamburg airport’s ground fleet, complementing other alternative energies used on-site, making it the first major international airport to replace all fossil fuels with renewables in its entire fleet. READ MORE

November 21, 2016

National Biodiesel Foundation elects new board of directors

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBF directors held their Nov. 14 board meeting where they nominated and elected Jeff Lynn, Illinois Soybean Association, as president; Mark Caspers, Nebraska Soybean Board, as vice president; and Lindsay Fitzgerald, REG, as secretary/treasurer. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

Strategic review of REG Life Sciences activities authorized

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group Inc.'s board of directors authorized a review of strategic alternatives for its Life Sciences subsidiary, which develops renewable chemicals and fuels with its proprietary microbial fermentation process. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

CWS to buy Western Biodiesel plant, convert to renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaCielo Waste Solutions has agreed to buy the former Western Biodiesel plant in High River, Alberta, near Calgary. Once the purchase is complete, CWS plans to scale up its thermal catalytic depolymerization technology there to produce renewable diesel. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

Biodico completes resource assessment of Zero Net Energy Farm

BY Biodico Inc. Biodiesel producer Biodico announced Nov. 16 that it has completed its resource assessment to support the next stage of development for its Zero Net Energy Farm project to create environmentally sound energy solutions for the state's ag industry. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

AGQM starts 11th no-harm test for biodiesel oxidation stabilizers

BY Ron KotrbaGermany-based biodiesel quality management association AGQM has started its 11th no-harm test for biodiesel oxidation stabilizers and its second no-harm test for biodiesel heating oil. In the past 10 test rounds, 47 of 69 tested additives passed. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

National Biodiesel Board members elect governing board

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Board members selected their trade association leadership this week during the annual fall membership meeting held in St. Louis, electing six returning governing board members and one new member to serve in leadership roles. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

BDI-BioEnergy Int'l reports sound Q3 financials, plans delisting

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International AG increased sales by 43.6 percent in Q3 to a total of 28.6 million euros (USD$31 million), up from 19.9 million euros in Q3 2015 due to the implementation and completion of various projects on schedule. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

Bankrupt NM ethanol plant site to become biodiesel blend terminal

BY Ron KotrbaNatural Chem Group has acquired a bankrupt ethanol plant in Portales, New Mexico, where it is developing a terminal to blend 1 million gallons of biodiesel a month for regional fleets. NCG plans to build a 90 MMgy biodiesel plant 20 miles north. READ MORE

November 11, 2016

Ralston biodiesel plant breaks ground on major expansion project

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group Inc. broke ground Nov. 8 on a $24 million biodiesel plant expansion in Ralston, Iowa, a project that will boost capacity from 12 MMgy to 30 MMgy. REG expects up to $20 million in long-term debt financing will be provided. READ MORE

November 10, 2016

US EPA proposes denying point of obligation change under RFS

BY Ron KotrbaEPA proposed Nov. 10 denying requests to change point of obligation under RFS as requested by oil refiners. The agency cites a burdensome increase in program complexity with no benefit, while creating uncertainty, confusion and blocking investments. READ MORE

November 09, 2016

US biodiesel leaders remain optimistic after Trump victory

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel is consistent with Trump's mission to bring back American manufacturing jobs, make the U.S. energy-independent, protect clean air and water, and, through reforming the biodiesel tax credit, end subsidization of foreign production. READ MORE

November 08, 2016

2 Florida men sentenced to 10-plus years for biodiesel fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice Thomas Davanzo of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna of Naples, Florida, were sentenced Nov. 7 to 121 months and 135 months in prison, respectively, for their participation in a multistate scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers. READ MORE

November 08, 2016

RSB members vote to improve organization's principles, criteria

BY Ron KotrbaChanges include a new format that makes understanding how to apply the standard easier, streamlined and clear impact assessment requirements, integration of GHG calculation requirement with other measurement tools, a grievance mechanism and more. READ MORE

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