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November 14, 2019

140-plus biodiesel stakeholders ask Congress to act on tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board, its member companies, allied trade associations and industry partners sent a letter Nov. 14 to House and Senate leaders, urging them to extend the expired biodiesel tax incentive before the end of the year. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Indiana biodiesel producer falls victim to US policy uncertainty

BY Ron KotrbaIntegrity Biofuels, a 6.4 MMgy multifeedstock biodiesel production facility in Morristown, Indiana, is the latest victim of congressional inaction on the lapsed biodiesel tax credit and an administration whose EPA is undermining the rule of law. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

66 industry associations ask Congress to act on tax extenders

BY Ron KotrbaA diverse group of 66 different trade associations representing industries as wide-ranging as realty, veterinary medicine, biofuels and railroads sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Nov. 11 asking them to act on a tax extenders package. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

Malaysian hotel group partners for conversion of UCO to biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaSunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group, announced a partnership Nov. 12 with FatHopes Energy to recycle its used cooking oil into biodiesel. Six of Sunway’s Malaysian properties are participating. READ MORE

November 12, 2019

New report demonstrates importance of biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board released a new report Nov. 12, titled, “The Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit,” showing how the emerging biodiesel industry relies on the combined values of the tax credit and RIN credits to compete with diesel fuel. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Midwest senators submit comments on EPA’s RFS waiver proposal

BY The Office of Sen. Deb Fischer Seven U.S. senators submitted comments to the Federal Register regarding the EPA’s supplemental rule on RFS. In individual letters to Wheeler they expressed concerns about how the agency plans to calculate reallocation of gallons lost to SREs. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

40 House Democrats urge Pelosi, Neal to pass biodiesel tax credit

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer U.S. Reps. Abby Finkenauer and Kendra Horn led a Democratic caucus letter to House leadership urging action on extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The lawmakers are asking for extensions of the biodiesel and other biofuel-related tax credits. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

REG commits to profitability with or without BTC in Q3 financials

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG released its Q3 financial results Nov. 5. Revenues for the third quarter were $584.4 million on 187.5 million gallons of fuel sold. Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter was $10.6 million compared to $39.4 million in the third quarter of 2018. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

SeQuential finalizes expansion, increases biodiesel production

BY Ron KotrbaSeQuential, the Oregon-based biodiesel producer in operation since 2005, has completed an expansion at its Salem plant increasing production capacity by 30 percent. The current run-rate of the plant is more than 1 million gallons a month. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Neste’s IMO 2020 low-sulfur marine fuel available in Germany

BY Neste Corp. Neste and the German BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH signed a partner agreement concerning distribution and sales of Neste Marine 0.5. The fuel contains only 0.5 percent sulfur and became available in Bremerhaven, Germany, in early November. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Pacific Biodiesel makes first B100 delivery to Hamakua Energy

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies LLC Pacific Biodiesel Technologies made its first delivery of biodiesel Nov. 4 to the Hamakua Energy power generation facility on Hawaii Island as part of the biodiesel supply contract the company signed last month with the Pacific Current subsidiary. READ MORE

November 04, 2019

Coalition of 60 biofuel, ag groups asks Trump to uphold SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleA coalition of 60 agriculture and biofuel groups sent a letter to President Trump Nov. 4 urging him to fix the U.S. EPA’s flawed supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that describes the agency’s plan for reallocating future SREs under the RFS. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Oil Heat Institute of RI rebrands to reflect evolving market

BY The Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island The Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island has changed its name to the Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island. The trade group’s board of directors voted in favor of the change at its monthly meeting held Oct. 16 at Maria’s Cocina in Providence. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Biodiesel industry states its case at US EPA hearing in Ypsilanti

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel producers and association staff testified Oct. 30 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at the U.S. EPA’s public hearing on the supplemental proposal for meeting volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard issued by the agency Oct. 15. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

Oil refinery exemptions cause crisis for biodiesel industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board World Energy founder Gene Gebolys testified on behalf of the NBB at a hearing Oct. 29 on “Protecting the RFS: The Trump Administration’s Abuse of Secret Waivers” before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on environment and climate change. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

New contract a big victory for Pacific Biodiesel, local movement

BY Ron KotrbaPacific Biodiesel will supply Hamakua Energy with biodiesel to power the 60 MW facility. Both are located on the Big Island of Hawaii and the new contract ensures Pacific Biodiesel’s fuel will be used locally, which is a big deal for the company. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

EPA posts call-in information for Oct. 30 hearing on SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has posted call-in information for its Oct. 30 hearing on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking released Oct. 15 that seeks comments on how the agency should project the volume of SREs in future RFS rulemakings. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

Surely the Art of the Deal Includes Living Up to Commitments?

BY Donnell Rehagen National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen laments over U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler not honoring the promise President Trump made and the deal he struck between, on the one hand, big oil, and on the other, farmers and biofuel producers. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

Valero reports Q3 loss for ethanol, profit for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleValero Energy Corp. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 24, reporting a loss for its ethanol segment, but a profitable quarter for renewable diesel. The company also discussed plans to develop new renewable diesel production capacity. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

National Biodiesel Foundation receives DERA grant

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBF was awarded EPA funding for its 2020 National Clean Diesel Project. In partnership with Iowa DOT, Optimus Technologies and REG, the project supports the purchase of three new replacement snowplows that will operate on B100. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

House to hold hearing Oct. 29 on EPA’s mismanagement of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change has announced plans to hold a legislative hearing Oct. 29 focused on the U.S. EPA’s mismanagement of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

Trump tells Wheeler to ‘make sure the small refineries are happy’

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA’s recent actions regarding small refinery waivers (SREs) were addressed during an Oct. 21 cabinet meeting at the White House. President Trump directed U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to “make sure the small refineries are happy.” READ MORE

October 22, 2019

Phase Genomics awarded DOE grant for algae biofuel research

BY Ron KotrbaPhase Genomics Inc., a biotech provider of proximity-ligation next-generation sequencing solutions for metagenome assembly, is set to receive $325,000 as part of a $73 million funding package from U.S. DOE’s Office Efficiency and Renewable Energy. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

CARB’s Floyd Vergara joins NBB to lead new West Coast office

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board announced the opening of its new West Coast office to be led by Floyd Vergara, long-time California Air Resources Board division chief. The expansion will bolster NBB’s presence on the West Coast. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Cargill’s Wichita biodiesel plant online, operating at capacity

BY Ron KotrbaCargill’s 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas, is now operating at capacity. Plans for the $90 million project were unveiled in September 2017. Air Liquide Engineering & Construction provided engineering, using its Lurgi process technology. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Van Sleet takes on new executive role at Evonik Oil Additives USA

BY Evonik Oil Additives USA Inc. Evonik Oil Additives USA Inc. announced Oct. 15 that Richard Van Sleet has been appointed regional president in the Americas. He will retain his current responsibilities as global head of marketing for lubricant additives. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

EPA supplemental proposal is not the same ‘deal’ struck by Trump

BY Erin VoegeleEPA issued a supplementary proposal Oct. 15 on how it should project SRE volumes in setting annual RFS requirements. Stakeholders say it is not the same deal struck by Trump, administration officials, legislators, and oil and biofuel refiners. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International The Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

Opinion: Feeling the Effects

BY Ron KotrbaIn his editor’s note from the Fall 2019 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the tough market and policy conditions that materialized this past summer, how it is impacting biodiesel producers, and the resiliency of this industry. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

Quebec’s draft biofuel regulations ‘disappointing’ for biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaWhile the minister of energy and natural resources is confident the “ambitious” targets will result in growth and investment in Quebec, a 2 percent biodiesel standard represents zero increase beyond the federal requirement in place for 10 years. READ MORE

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