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September 21, 2020

Report: Brazilian biodiesel production to increase 6% in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleBrazilian biodiesel production is expected to reach 6.27 billion liters (1.66 billion gallons) this year, up 9 percent when compared to 2019, according to report recently filed with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

September 21, 2020

EPA delivers final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA delivered its final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Sept. 17. OMB review marks a final step before a rulemaking is released publicly. READ MORE

September 21, 2020

NBB: Biodiesel-powered vehicles wrap and roll

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board has announced that eight biodiesel users from across the country received matching funds to share their biodiesel success stories with wraps, decals or other vehicle branding efforts. READ MORE

September 21, 2020

Gevo: Sweden and Norway target increased use of SAF

BY Gevo Inc. Swedish Government announced on Sept. 11 its intention to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel. Norway made a similar announcement earlier this year. Gevo Inc. has welcomed both announcements. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Censky to leave USDA, resume post at American Soybean Association

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced on Sept. 18 that Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky will step down on Nov. 8 to resume his post as CEO of the American Soybean Association, a position he previously held for 21 years. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Biofuel accounts for record 5.8% of UK transportation fuel in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. consumed 645 million liters (170.39 million gallons) of transportation biofuels during the first quarter of 2020, up 53 percent when compared to the same period of 2019, according to data released by the U.K. government on Sept. 10. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Student wins $2000 grant from National Biodiesel Foundation

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Foundation awarded this year’s Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant to Kayla Kittrick, who is working towards two degrees while working at a biorefinery. She also co-chairs the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

Stabenow criticizes plan to bail out oil refiners with USDA funds

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is speaking out to criticize the Trump administration over reports that it plans to use $300 million in USDA funding to bail out small oil refineries that are denied small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

EPA: 7 new SRE petitions filed, including 5 gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published updated SRE data that reflects the denial of 54 gap year SRE petitions announced by the agency on Sept. 14. The data also shows seven new SRE petitions have been filed in recent weeks, including five new gap year SREs. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

House to vote on bill that aims to increase SRE transparency

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act during the week of Sept. 21. The bill includes the provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Prometheus Fuels licenses ORNL ethanol-to-jet-fuel process

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Prometheus Fuels has licensed an ethanol-to-jet-fuel conversion process developed by ORNL researchers. The ORNL technology will enable cost-competitive production of jet fuel and co-production of butadiene for use in renewable polymer synthesis. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Letter urges EPA to comply with GOA investigation of SRE process

BY Erin VoegeleSeven federal lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Sept. 15 expressing disappointment with the agency’s failure to cooperate with the Government Accountability Office’s investigation into the SRE waiver process. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

ExxonMobil completes successful trial of its marine biofuel oil

BY ExxonMobil ExxonMobil has completed a successful sea trial of the company’s first marine biofuel oil with shipping company Stena Bulk, bunkered in the port of Rotterdam. The marine biofuel oil is a 0.50 percent VLSFO processed with a waste-based FAME component. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

EPA denies gap year SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced Sept. 14 it will deny “gap-year” small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions filed by oil refineries in an effort to circumvent a January 2020 ruling by Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

NBB launches digital ad campaign

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s latest national advertising campaign hit airwaves in September with biodiesel and renewable diesel education aimed at key decision makers on the benefits of these advanced fuels. READ MORE

September 11, 2020

USDA maintains forecast for 2020-‘21 soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its forecast for 2020-’21 soybean use in biodiesel production its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Sept. 11. Forecasts for soybean production, beginning stocks and ending stocks were lowered. READ MORE

September 11, 2020

REG appoints Walter Berger to board of directors

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced on Sept. 3 that it has added Walter Berger to the company’s board of directors. He has experience with commercial, product, operating, strategic, M&A, and financial responsibilities and outcomes. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

USDA seeks input on ‘ready to go’ innovations to meet AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced on Sept. 10 it is seeking input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture to meet the goals of the agency’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

DOE opens RFI on bioenergy workforce development

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 8 issued a request for information (RFI) regarding bioenergy workforce-development methods and tools available, as well as those needed in the U.S. Responses can be filed through Nov. 2. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Senate fails to advance COVID-19 relief package

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate on Sept. 10 failed to advance a $300 billion COVID-19 relief package that contained $20 billion in ag support and an expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program, two provisions that could have provided relief to biofuel producers. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition files petition for rulemaking with EPA

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition The Biogenic CO2 Coalition has filed a petition for rulemaking with the U.S. EPA providing a detailed explanation of the scientific and legal basis for the agency recognize the carbon neutrality of biogenic carbon emissions from crops. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Senate releases $300 billion COVID-19 relief package

BY Erin VoegeleMitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced on Sept. 8 the U.S. Senate will vote this week on a $300 billion COVID-19 relief bill. The bill does not contain dedicated relief for biofuels, but does contain provisions that could benefit some biofuel producers. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Biofuel, ag groups welcome reports of gap year SRE denials

BY Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union and American Coalition for Ethanol RFA, NCGA, NFU and ACE on Sept. 9 welcomed news reports that President Trump has directed the U.S. EPA to reject dozens of “gap year” SRE petitions and denounced an effort to have the Tenth Circuit Court's SRE ruling reviewed by the Supreme Court. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

AFBF: Trump, Biden outline agricultural priorities

BY American Farm Bureau Federation A new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Ethanol industry award winners to be recognized during FEW

BY BBI International Doug Tiffany and Doug Durante, the respective winners of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Award of Excellence and High-Octane Award, will deliver acceptance speeches at the virtual FEW on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 08, 2020

Biofuel plant managers urge Trump to reject gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 93 biofuel plant managers, farm organizations and biofuel stakeholders sent a letter to President Trump on Sept. 8 urging him to stand in defense of the RFS and call on the U.S. EPA to reject gap year SRE petitions. READ MORE

September 08, 2020

ARPA-E funds 6 projects supporting the biofuels supply chain

BY Erin VoegeleARPA-E on Sept. 1 announced the award of $16.5 million for six projects that aim to bridge the data gap in the in the biofuel supply chain by quantifying feedstock-related GHG emissions and soil carbon dynamics at the field-level. READ MORE

September 04, 2020

Researchers win second pennycress research grant

BY Western Illinois University Western Illinois University researchers will receive a portion of a $13 million U.S. Department of Energy grant aimed at genetically strengthening pennycress plants for use in sustainable energy work. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

USDA: US biodiesel exports top 48,000 metric tons in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 48,053.8 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of greater than B30 in July, down from 69,666.8 metric tons in June and 55,221.7 metric tons in July 2019, according to data released by the USDA FAS on Sept. 3. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

Iowa groups urge Perdue to champion reform of SRE program

BY Erin VoegeleThe Iowa Biodiesel Board and Iowa Soybean Association are imploring U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to champion reform of the RFS small refinery exemption (SRE) program during his Sept. 3 visit to Iowa. READ MORE

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