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March 27, 2020

Report: Boost in consumption of US biomass-based diesel expected

BY The Fuels Institute According to a new report released March 26 by the Fuels Institute, biomass-based diesel has increased its share of the diesel fuel market from 0.5 percent volume in 2010 to 5 percent in 2018 and is projected to reach 10 percent by 2022. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA issues guidance on future SRE actions, RFS compliance date

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced it intends to develop an “appropriate implementation and enforcement response” to the Tenth Circuit Court’s small refinery exemption (SRE) ruling “after appeals have been resolved and the court’s mandate has been issued.” READ MORE

March 27, 2020

ADM commits $1 million to aid in COVID-19 response

BY Archer Daniels Midland Co. Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced March 27 that it is has committed approximately $1 million to various organizations involved in the fight against COVID-19, including the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, regional and local charities, and more. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant accepting applications

BY Ron KotrbaStudents are invited to apply online for a grant award of up to $2,000 through the Beth Calabotta Sustainability Education Grant, established by the National Biodiesel Foundation to help full-time students interested in biodiesel sustainability. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

NBB welcomes administration’s decision not to appeal SRE ruling

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomes President Trump’s decision not to appeal the January court ruling that invalidated three small refinery exemptions that the U.S. EPA granted retroactively for the 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Vegetable oil prices under pressure due to coronavirus pandemic

BY UFOP The spread of the coronavirus sent global prices of crude oil and vegetable oil on a downward spiral. Diesel sales are in steep decline, and the demand for and use of biodiesel, and biodiesel producers’ demand for vegetable oil, are down. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Oil refineries challenge Tenth Circuit Court ruling on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleWynnewood Refining and HollyFrontier filed petitions with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals March 24 requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Alfa Laval to supply equipment for St1 renewable diesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaAlfa Laval has won a $5.8 million contract to supply various pieces of equipment for a process line to remove impurities in waste fats and oils at St1’s renewable diesel biorefinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Equipment deliveries are scheduled for 2021. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Iowa ethanol, glycerin donated for hand sanitizer production

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Two Iowa Renewable Fuels Association members sent the first donated shipment of Iowa ethanol and glycerin to the state of Iowa to be used by Iowa Prison Industries for the production of hand sanitizer during the national shortage. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

More rapeseed meal in compound feeds despite declining production

BY UFOP The use of oilseed meals in Germany’s compound feeds has declined continuously over the past four years. In the first half of the 2015-’16 marketing year, it amounted to 3.4 million metric tons, whereas in 2019-’20 the figure was down 17 percent. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Dermen found guilty in $1 billion biodiesel tax fraud scheme

BY U.S. Department of Justice A federal jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, convicted California businessman Lev Aslan Dermen, also known as Levon Termendzhyan, of criminal charges March 16 relating to a $1 billion renewable fuel tax credit fraud scheme, the U.S. government announced. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

IRFA partners with Iowa State University BioBus program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association In recognition of the important role students and young professionals will play in the future of the biodiesel industry, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is announcing a partnership with Iowa State University’s BioBus program. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Newly branded vehicles highlight of National Biodiesel Day

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB launched its 2020 vehicle branding program March 18 designed to showcase biodiesel’s sustainability and emissions reduction benefits. The program kicks off on National Biodiesel Day with the theme “Biodiesel: Better. Cleaner. Now!” READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Biofuel production still powers Iowa economy despite tough times

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A new study by ABF Economics commissioned by the IRFA finds that, despite challenges, Iowa biofuel production continues to have a significant impact on Iowa’s economy, supporting more than 48,000 jobs and more than $2.4 billion in household income. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Executive order expands Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleOregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order March 10 that sets a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and outlines several steps the state will take to combat climate change, including expanding Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Neste to acquire US grease collection, recycling company

BY Neste Corp. Renewable diesel producer Neste has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Mahoney Environmental, a U.S. collector and recycler of used cooking oil, and its affiliated entities. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and closing conditions. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

Missouri Soybean opens doors to new Center for Soy Innovation

BY Missouri Soybean The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council’s efforts to drive research and education for all things soy are starting 2020 by “leveling up” through new opportunities through the new Center for Soybean Innovation, which held a grand opening March 5. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

Court extends deadline to challenge SRE ruling until March 24

BY Erin VoegeleThe Trump administration will have 15 additional days to decide whether to challenge a Jan. 24 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

REG reports Q4, full-year financial results for 2019

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and all of 2019. The company is getting roughly half a billion dollars in cash from its operations over the past two years thanks to retroactive reinstatement of the BTC. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Neste, Finnair partner to reduce CO2 footprint of flying with SAF

BY Neste Corp. Finnair and Neste, the world’s largest producer of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable waste and residues, have signed a new agreement that will gradually and considerably increase Finnair’s use of SAF in its operations. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Gevo, Viva partner to develop renewable hydrocarbons in Australia

BY Gevo Inc. The agreement between Gevo and Viva Energy will solidify both parties’ intent to establish the technical and commercial feasibility of converting biomass into sustainable jet fuel and renewable gasoline from regionally sourced renewable resources. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Fiat Powertrain explores biodiesel from Brazil-native macaúba

BY Ron KotrbaFiat Powertrain Industrial, a brand of Case New Holland Industrial, is investigating production and use of biodiesel made from Acrocomia aculeata, more commonly referred to as macaúba—a native palm tree to Brazil, the Caribbean and South Florida. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Wheeler hopes EPA response to SRE ruling quells RIN price spikes

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency will soon announce its response to a recent court ruling that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) and expressed hope that the announcement will quell recent RIN price spikes. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Biodiesel supporters urge Iowa lawmakers to extend fuel tax break

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa biodiesel producers, soybean farmers and other supporters took to the State Capitol March 4 to ask lawmakers to extend a break in fuel tax for B11 or higher biodiesel blends, which has almost tripled the number of retailers carrying biodiesel. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

German biodiesel exports of 2.3 million tons in 2019 break record

BY UFOP German foreign trade in biodiesel reached new record levels in 2019, both in imports and exports. Above all, exports were strikingly high, cracking the mark of 2 million tons for the first time and reaching 2.3 million tons, an 18 percent increase. READ MORE

March 03, 2020

Brazil diesel fuel now contains minimum of 12 percent biodiesel

BY Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis The minimum content of biodiesel in Brazil’s diesel fuel went from 11 to 12 percent March 1, as established by regulations to increase by 1 percent a year until hitting 15 percent in March 2023. In September, bio content went from 10 to 11 percent. READ MORE

March 03, 2020

Colorado fraudster sentenced for biodiesel tax credit scheme

BY U.S. Department of Justice Colorado resident Matthew Taylor was sentenced to 83 months in prison Feb. 28 for his role in a biodiesel tax credit fraud scheme that bilked the U.S. government out of more than $7 million between 2010 and 2013. Taylor was indicted in June 2018. READ MORE

February 28, 2020

NBB applauds Perdue’s leadership on higher biodiesel blends

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement of $100 million funding for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants, approximately $14 million of which will go to support biodiesel blending. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Diamond Green Diesel enters terminal lease agreement with IMTT

BY Darling Ingredients Inc. Norco, Louisiana-based renewable diesel producer Diamond Green Diesel has entered into a long-term lease agreement with International-Matex Tank Terminals, which will allow DGD access and use of IMTT’s St. Rose terminal as a logistics hub. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Wheeler: EPA will release new guidance on SRE program soon

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Feb. 27 the agency will soon issue new guidance on the RFS’s small refinery exemption (SRE) program related to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s Jan. 27 ruling that struck down three SREs. READ MORE

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