North America

July 19, 2017

California legislators extend LCFS, cap-and-trade programs

BY Ron KotrbaWith a bipartisan, two-thirds supermajority vote, California legislators passed AB 398, extending the cap-and-trade and LCFS programs from their initial end date in 2020 through 2030. The extension will help foster greater biodiesel growth. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Solfuels USA joins the National Biodiesel Board

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB welcomes the new membership of SolFuels USA. Through a partnership with Agritrade Resources, Solfuels recently completed the retrofit of an Arkansas biodiesel plant, which will produce 3 million gallons per month at full capacity. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Bill intro'd to extend, phase out biodiesel blenders tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaUnder the proposed legislation to extend and phase out the biodiesel blenders tax credit, the value for the incentive would be $1 per gallon in 2017-'18, 75 cents in 2019, and 50 cents in 2020-'21. The tax credit would sunset Dec. 31, 2021. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

American Soybean Association CEO nominated as deputy ag secretary

BY Ron KotrbaAmerican Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky has been nominated by U.S. President Trump to serve as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at USDA. Censky has led the ASA as CEO since 1996. Censky worked at USDA under Reagan and Bush in various roles. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

US EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal for Aug. 1

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., for its recently released proposal to set 2018 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

US biodiesel fair trade coalition files new claim in imports case

BY The National Biodiesel Board The critical circumstances provision in antidumping and countervailing duties laws allows for imposition of duties on imports that enter the U.S. prior to preliminary determinations of subsidization and dumping. NBB filed a new claim on this basis. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

REG applauds Illinois lawmakers for extending biodiesel incentive

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. The Illinois House followed earlier action by the Senate to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a tax package extending the excise tax exemption for B11 and higher biodiesel blends through 2023. The incentive was set to expire at the end of 2018. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Whole Energy receives grant to research estolides from biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaWest Coast biodiesel distributor and glycerin refiner Whole Energy Fuels Corp. has been awarded a federal SBIR grant for $100,000 to study whether a lower-cost pathway is possible to manufacture estolides, a type of lubricant, from biodiesel. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Oh resigns from REG, Howard appointed interim president, CEO

BY Ron KotrbaLongtime leader of Renewable Energy Group Inc., Daniel J. Oh, resigned from his position as president and CEO July 3. Biodiesel Magazine spoke with newly appointed interim president and CEO Randy Howard on Oh's departure and REG's new leadership. READ MORE