North America

November 17, 2020

Grön Fuels proposes to build $9.2B biorefinery in Louisiana

BY Louisiana Economic Development Grön Fuels LLC is studying the feasibility of developing a $9.2 billion renewable fuel complex at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge that would produce renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel. A final investment decision is expected in 2021. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

USDA accepting comments on information request related to HBBIP

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is accepting comments on a proposed information collection request related to the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The agency said the collected information would identify eligible applicants seeking funds through the HBIIP. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

Nodel, IncubEx launch RIN futures and options, new REC contracts

BY Nodel Nodal Exchange and IncubEx on Nov. 17 announced the successful launch of eight new renewable identification number (RIN) futures and options contracts, plus seven new renewable energy certificate (REC) contracts. READ MORE

November 16, 2020

IEA expects global biofuels production to rebound in 2021

BY Erin VoegeleThe global biofuels industry has been strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency in early November, with production down approximately 11.6 percent when compared to 2019. READ MORE

November 16, 2020

DOE seeks proposals for Co-Optima collaboration

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced a directed funding opportunity (DFO) seeking proposals for advancing the aim of its Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. Proposals are due Jan. 14. READ MORE

November 16, 2020

NBB announces new East Coast policy staff position

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board welcomed Steve Dodge as the organization's new director of state regulatory affairs on Nov. 16. Dodge is a longtime energy industry veteran who will focus primarily on advancing state and regional policy efforts. READ MORE

November 13, 2020

NBB: Biodiesel can help meet USDA’s AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleThe National Biodiesel Board stressed that biodiesel is an adoptable, ready to go technology that can help meet the goals of the USDA’s Agricultural Innovation Agenda in comments submitted to the agency on Nov. 9. READ MORE

November 11, 2020

WASDE maintains forecast for soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its 2020-’21 forecast for soybean oil use in biodiesel production in its latest WASDE report, released Nov. 10. The agency lowered its 2020-’21 projections for soybean production and ending stocks. READ MORE

November 11, 2020

Supreme Court extends deadline for EPA response to SRE challenge

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10 granted a motion filed by the U.S. EPA seeking a one-month extension to its deadline to file a response to a petition filed by HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining in September seeking the review of an SRE ruling. READ MORE

November 10, 2020

2021 International Biomass Conference & Expo goes virtual

BY BBI International Biomass Magazine has announced that the 14th Annual Biomass Conference & Expo will be taking place 100 percent virtual, March 15-17, 2021. The deadline to submit a presentation abstract is Nov. 13, 2020. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

USDA: Soybean oil use for biodiesel to increase through 2030-‘31

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Nov. 6 released select commodity tables from its Agricultural Projections to 2030 report, which is scheduled to be released in full in February. The report predicts a slight growth in soybean oil use for biodiesel over the next decade. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

CVR Energy considers second renewable diesel conversion

BY Erin VoegeleCVR Energy is progressing with plans to convert one production unit at its Wynnewood refinery in Oklahoma to renewable diesel production and is considering the implementation of a similar project at the company’s refinery Coffeyville, Kansas. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

Biofuel groups congratulate Biden and Harris

BY Erin VoegeleThe RFA and Growth Energy have spoken out to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory, noting they look forward to working with the upcoming administration to advance the use of biofuels. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

Colorado man sentenced to prison for biodiesel tax credit fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice A Colorado resident was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Oct. 27 for his role in a biodiesel tax credit fraud scheme, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. READ MORE

November 05, 2020

REG reports Q3 financial results

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. on Nov. 5 announced its financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2020. Revenues for the three-month period were $576 million on 176 million gallons of fuel sold. READ MORE

November 05, 2020

EPA seeks extension in SRE challenge filed with US Supreme Court

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Nov. 4 filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a one-month extension to file its response to a petition filed by HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining in September seeking a review of a lower court's ruling on SREs. READ MORE

November 04, 2020

Marathon announces progress with 2 renewable diesel projects

BY Erin VoegeleMarathon Petroleum is in the process of starting up its renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota, and is progressing with plans to covert its Martinez, California, refinery to renewable diesel production. READ MORE

November 03, 2020

US biodiesel production up in August

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. biodiesel production reached 163 million gallons in August, up 1 million gallons when compared to the previous month and up 7 million gallons when compared to the same month of 2019, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on Oct. 30. READ MORE

November 03, 2020

Diamond Green Diesel expands capacity with Honeywell technology

BY Erin VoegeleHoneywell UOP announced on Nov. 2 that a second Ecofining process unit with a capacity of 30,000 barrels per day will more than double the annual production capacity of Diamond Green Diesel’s renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana. READ MORE

November 03, 2020

Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels submits recommendations

BY Minnesota Department of Agriculture The Governor’s Council on Biofuels has given Gov. Tim Walz its consensus report on the steps needed to grow Minnesota’s biofuels industry and get the state back on track to meet renewable energy goals. READ MORE

November 02, 2020

RFA: CFS can help Colorado reduce GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleThe Colorado Energy Office recently accepted public comments on its draft Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, which details energy action steps the state can take to meet its near-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. READ MORE

November 02, 2020

Review of antidumping order on Argentine biodiesel rescinded

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Commerce on Oct. 9 announced it is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on biodiesel from Argentina for the period of review April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020. READ MORE

October 29, 2020

NYSEC, NORA launch Net-Zero Hero marketing campaign for bioheat

BY New York State Energy Coalition The New York State Energy Coalition and National Oilheat Research Alliance have launched a new Bioheat marketing campaign, “I’m a Net-Zero Hero,” running throughout the five boroughs and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. READ MORE

October 29, 2020

Gas car ban would have disproportionate impact on biofuels, ag

BY Agricultural Retailers Association On Oct. 27, the Agricultural Retailers Association, a member of the Transportation Fairness Alliance, released a new study that analyzes the impacts of increased electric vehicle penetration on U.S. biofuels, agriculture and the economy. READ MORE

October 29, 2020

Alfa Laval to supply processing line to US renewable diesel plant

BY Alfa Laval Alfa Laval has won an order to supply a processing line to HollyFrontier Corp. to support the production of renewable diesel in the U.S. The order includes high speed separators, various compact heat exchangers, and other equipment. READ MORE

October 28, 2020

Diamond Green Diesel receives air permit for proposed Texas plant

BY Erin VoegeleDarling Ingredients announced on Oct. 27 that its Diamond Green Diesel joint venture has received necessary air permits for its proposed renewable diesel plant in Port Arthur, Texas. A final investment decision is expected to be reached soon. READ MORE

October 28, 2020

National Biodiesel Foundation receives DERA grants for 2021

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Foundation was awarded two U.S. EPA grants through the 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program. The first is in for a project in Washington, D.C. The second will support a project in Iowa. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Letter urges EPA to recognize de minimis nature of biogenic CO2

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 13 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 19 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking recognizing the de minimis nature of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural crops. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Biodiesel Magazine announces 2021 media kit, digital offerings

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine the leading publication for the biodiesel industry, recently released its 2021 media kits. Biodiesel Magazine is now accepting 2021 advertising schedules across its print and digital platforms. READ MORE

October 26, 2020

EIA: US biodiesel capacity falls by 49 MMgy

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released data on Oct. 23 showing that 91 biodiesel plants were operational in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2020, down from 103 from the previous year. Production capacity fell by 49 MMgy. READ MORE