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May 23, 2019

Total prepares to begin operations at La Mède biorefinery

BY Ron KotrbaFrench oil giant Total S.A. is just days away from startup at its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France. A representative of Total told Biodiesel Magazine that the HVO processing facility is on track to begin production in late May or June. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Big-name cos. partner for sustainable palm project in Indonesia

BY Solidaridad BASF, The Estée Lauder Companies and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil are partnering with civil society organization Solidaridad to promote sustainable palm oil and palm derivatives production in the district of Waykanan, Lampung, Indonesia. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Bipartisan House bill introduced to stop EPA from undermining RFS

BY The Office of Rep. Collin Peterson U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and Dusty Johnson and co-chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus introduced a bill May 23 that establishes a June 1 deadline for refineries to submit SRE petitions from their RFS obligations and increases transparency. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

United Airlines, World Energy renew biojet fuel supply contract

BY Ron KotrbaUnited Airlines renewed its biojet fuel supply contract with World Energy, which will deliver up to 10 million gallons of aviation biofuel over the next two years. United Airlines uses the biofuel in every flight departing its Los Angeles hub. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Heavy-duty diesels deliver climate benefits along with freight

BY The Diesel Technology Forum The future for diesel technologies in freight transportation is bright, even as alternatives enter the market, thanks to improving efficiency, even lower emissions, advanced biofuel capabilities and unique combination of value for moving freight. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Alt fuels displace 3.3 billion gallons of petro diesel under LCFS

BY The California Air Resources Board New data from CARB indicates that the LCFS continues to drive production of a growing volume of cleaner transportation fuels for California consumers. To date almost 3.3 billion gallons of petro diesel have been displaced by low-carbon alternatives. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Ag groups ask Congress to immediately extend biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board Thirteen trade groups representing farmers, rural lenders, crop and biobased oil producers, and biodiesel producers wrote leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate May 22, asking them to take action by extending the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

US EPA delivers RFS ‘reset’ rule to White House OMB for review

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA delivered its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard “reset” rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget May 20. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

Japan Engine, NYK Line cooperate in marine biofuel test

BY Ron KotrbaAdding to the growing number of shipping firms that have commenced biofuels testing to meet IMO regulations and initiatives, Japan Engine Corp. announced it is now collaborating with NYK Line to begin testing marine biofuel provided by GoodFuels. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

Court rejects ABFA request for injunction on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleA U.S. appeals court denied a motion filed by the Advanced Biofuels Association last month seeking an injunction to prevent EPA from granting additional small refinery exemptions under RFS until its pending lawsuit with the agency is resolved. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Air BP, Neste offer biojet fuel at airports in Sweden, France

BY Air BP Air BP announced it is offering sustainable aviation fuel to general and business aviation customers and aircraft manufacturers at Stockholm Arlanda airport in Sweden and Caen Carpiquet airport in France. The biojet fuel is produced by Neste Corp. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Aemetis wins large biodiesel contract with mining co. in India

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis announced May 20 that its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary was awarded a large ongoing supply contract for distilled biodiesel by a multisite mining company for use in dump trucks and other heavy diesel equipment at mines in India. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

High Plains Bioenergy rebrands as Seaboard Energy

BY Ron KotrbaHigh Plains Bioenergy and its biodiesel marketing division HPB Biodiesel Inc., subsidiaries of Seaboard Corp. and owner of two U.S. biodiesel plants, have changed names to Seaboard Energy Marketing Inc. Its biodiesel plant names have also changed. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

AGQM launches 1st no-harm test for biodiesel cold flow improvers

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality management association AGQM has launched a new no-harm test for cold flow improvers for use in biodiesel as a blend component in fuel. The no-harm test for cold flow improvers consists of testing B100 and a blended B10. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Task forces to find long-term solutions to temporary tax policy

BY The Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden announced the formation of several bipartisan task forces to examine temporary tax provisions that expired, or will expire, between Dec. 31, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2019. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Biodiesel ambassador named to Mich. Environmental Hall of Fame

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board applauds biodiesel ambassador Chris Case for his lifetime commitment to environmental stewardship, which has earned him a place in the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony took place May 15. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

UK, Dutch authorities investigate biodiesel trading at Greenergy

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office confirmed the opening of a joint investigation with Dutch authorities regarding certain aspects of biodiesel trading at Greenergy and various third parties. Five sites were searched and four people were arrested. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

Yum China receives ISCC certification for its used cooking oil

BY Yum China Holdings Inc. Yum China Holdings says it is the first restaurant company in China to get the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification for its used cooking oil that will be converted into sustainable biodiesel following a successful pilot project. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

Secrets of secretion: Isolating eucalyptus genes for oil, biofuel

BY Michigan Technological University Michigan Tech’s Carsten Külheim has spent the past 10 years of his career studying eucalyptus. In particular, Külheim studies terpenes, organic compounds found in the leaves. The right terpenes can be used for essential oils or biofuel production. READ MORE

May 13, 2019

National Biodiesel Foundation tours NYC’s sustainable side

BY Paul Winters The National Biodiesel Foundation hosted a small group of congressional staffers April 26 on a tour of New York City. The annual tour educates congressional staff about the city’s use of biodiesel as a key part of meeting its environmental goals. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

EPA delivers proposed 2020-’21 RVOs, ‘other RFS changes’ to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has delivered a proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule also includes the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel and other changes to the program. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

2 biodiesel antioxidants added to AGQM’s no-harm list

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality management association has successfully completed its 13th round of no-harm tests on oxidation stabilizers for biodiesel used in diesel fuel or heating oil. Antioxidants by Dorf Ketal and Rodanco have made the list. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

REG, Broco Oil Co. announce Bioheat partnership in Massachusetts

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. and Broco Oil Co. are partnering to provide cleaner fuel options to heating oil dealers in the Northeast. The companies are working together to provide a state-of-the-art blending facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

REG: Gallons sold up in Q1, buyer for Life Sciences identified

BY Erin VoegeleRenewable Energy Group released Q1 2019 results May 2, reporting a significant increase in biofuel gallons produced. REG also reported it has identified a buyer for its Life Sciences division and is working to expand renewable diesel capacity. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

US DOE announces $79 million for bioenergy research, development

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE announced May 3 more than $79 million in funding for bioenergy research and development including biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. This supports DOE’s goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

German biofuel maker to buy Atlantic Biodiesel plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaA Canadian subsidiary of Germany-based Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG signed a contract May 2 to purchase Atlantic Biodiesel Corp.’s biodiesel production facility in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The plant is the former Great Lakes Biodiesel facility. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Velocys announces close-out of cellulosic diesel joint venture

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys announced April 29 the successful close-out of its Envia joint venture. The project was used to demonstrate the company’s Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquids technology. Operations at the plant were suspended in September 2018. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

Iowa biodiesel industry calls ‘mayday’ at Capitol Hill rally

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa Congressional leaders and members of the Iowa Biodiesel Board took part in a Capitol Hill rally May 1 in support of getting the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit renewed. The National Biodiesel Board hosted the event on the Senate Swamp. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

Biodiesel plays active role in food waste reduction

BY The National Biodiesel Board The USDA, FDA and EPA recently announced April as Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month and the National Biodiesel Board sees biodiesel as an active player in reduction. Billions of pounds of food waste is made into biodiesel each year. READ MORE

April 30, 2019

NBB opposes RIN reform proposals, supports opening market to E15

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed formal comments April 29 on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to modify fuel regulations to allow E15 and to modify the RIN market regulations. While NBB supports E15, it said RIN market reforms are unnecessary. READ MORE

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