North America

February 17, 2017

Amid controversy, Pruitt confirmed as US EPA administrator

BY Anna Simet and Ron Kotrba In a 54-46 vote, Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the U.S. EPA. President Donald J. Trump nominated Pruitt—arguably the most controversial of Trump’s cabinet nominees—as EPA administrator in early December. READ MORE

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX cellulosic ethanol pilot plant

BY BBI International D3MAX has announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology. The pilot facility will be installed at Ace Ethanol LLC in Stanley, Wisconsin, in late February. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

US biodiesel interests gear up for court battle over RFS volumes

BY Ron KotrbaIn continuation of the ongoing legal dispute over volumes set by the U.S. EPA under the RFS vs. statutory volumes required by Congress, the NBB filed a petition Feb. 10 asking the court to review EPA's final volume standards set for 2017-'18. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

Texas A&M’s Oil Mill Operators short course set for April 2-4

BY Ron KotrbaThe Texas A&M oil mill operators short course will be held April 2-4 in College Station, Texas. Topics of interest to the biodiesel sector include maximizing oil recovery, new process technologies and greenhouse gas legislation. Registration is $150. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

PHYCO2, MSU make wastewater reusable through pure algae growth

BY PHYCO2 During Phase 4 of the multiyear trial with Michigan State University, the research of sequestering CO2 for algae growth has shown that PHYCO2's algae photobioreactor can be utilized to treat wastewater through algae growth and cultivation. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

Neste evaluates investing in US renewable diesel production

BY Ron KotrbaNeste Corp. is evaluating investment in new production capacity in Singapore and the U.S. The news comes after its most profitable year yet in renewables and speculation on how the new U.S. administration will view subsidized imported product. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

Doug Whitehead named National Biodiesel Board's second in command

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board named Doug Whitehead as its chief operating officer Feb. 7. Whitehead joins the executive team after 10 years in various roles with the organization, most recently as the director of operations and membership. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

Speak up and let your biodiesel expertise be known

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. biodiesel sector is coming off its greatest year yet and there are so many stories to tell. Consider telling yours by submitting a speaker abstract for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo June 19-21 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

BBI seeks biodiesel abstracts by Feb. 24 for annual event in June

BY Ron KotrbaEvent organizer and Biodiesel Magazine publisher BBI International is now accepting speaker abstracts for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo June 19-21 in Minneapolis. Of particular interest is abstract submissions on biodiesel. READ MORE