Policy

November 13, 2018

60 organizations sign tax extenders letter to Congress

BY Ron KotrbaA group of 60 organizations representing diverse business, energy, transportation, real estate and agriculture sectors has sent a letter to leaders in U.S. Congress on the pressing need to address the tax provisions that expired at the end of 2017. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

EU Parliament approves REDII; biofuels stakeholders react

BY Erin Voegele The European Parliament approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation biofuels when it voted to confirm a provisional agreement reached with the European Council in June on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). READ MORE

November 08, 2018

US to conduct 'unprecedented review' of biodiesel import duties

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. Department of Commerce granted a request from Argentina to initiate "changed circumstances" reviews of U.S. trade duties imposed on Argentine biodiesel companies. What's changed is Argentina has raised its biodiesel export taxes and prices. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Opinion: Issues of the Day

BY Ron KotrbaFrom his Editor's Note, Ron Kotrba highlights the contents of the Fall 2018 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine in the political context of what has ensued this autumn on Capitol Hill. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Opinion: Driving Decarbonization

BY Graham Noyes Beyond California, other states and provinces in North America and jurisdictions around the world are increasingly seeing the value the LCFS delivers and are viewing the program as a flexible tool they can use to achieve their own policy objectives. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

In Depth: The Complex Dynamics of Coprocessing

BY Ron KotrbaWhile oil refiners adding a small percentage of renewable feedstock to their operations sounds simple, the political, economic, technical, societal and market consequences are anything but. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

Inside NBB: NBB Rallies Industry for a Stronger, More Accountable RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board recaps its efforts in pushing the administration and the U.S. EPA to grow the advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel standards under the RFS while holding the agency more accountable for small refinery exemptions. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

In Depth: Consultative Expansion

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spotlights a producer whose recent acquisition fulfills increased feedstock demand, a consulting firm that assists in market entry and production efficiencies, and the expansion of one of today's fastest-growing biodiesel refiners. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

Opinion: Fueling Growth in the Biodiesel Industry

BY Donnell Rehagen Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, recaps some of the more notable progress the U.S. biodiesel industry and its national association have made over the past year. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

EPA: Additional small refinery petitions filed for 2017, 2018

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The new data show that two additional petitions were filed for the 2017 compliance year and four new ones were filed for 2018 in the past month. READ MORE

October 19, 2018

NBB letter calls on EPA to end demand destruction for biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB delivered a letter Oct. 17 to U.S. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler asking that the agency fully account for small refinery exemptions in the annual Renewable Fuel Standard rules and end the demand destruction for biodiesel. READ MORE

October 19, 2018

White House releases timeline for RFS reset, other rules

BY Erin Voegele The Trump administration has released estimated timelines for the development of three U.S. EPA rulemakings that pertain to the Renewable Fuel Standard and year-round E15 sales, including one that includes a reset of statutory blending targets. READ MORE

October 04, 2018

Keystone Biofuels director pleads guilty to biodiesel tax fraud

BY Ron KotrbaDavid Tielle, business development director of Pennsylvania-based Keystone Biofuels, pleaded guilty Oct. 3 in federal court to one count of conspiring to defraud the IRS, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He faces five years in prison. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

EU biodiesel stakeholders urge commission to reconsider duties

BY Ron KotrbaAn important meeting of the Trade Defence Instruments Committee looms Oct. 3 at the European Commission, one for which European biodiesel advocates are calling on member states to raise the issue of reinstating tariffs on Argentine biodiesel. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

NATSO Alt Fuels Council unveils RFS RIN Management Service

BY NATSO Inc. NATSO and the Alternative Fuels Council launched a new RIN Management Service Oct. 1 designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program and manage their RINs. READ MORE

September 28, 2018

Biodiesel tax incentive extension receives bipartisan support

BY The National Biodiesel Board On Sept. 27 the National Biodiesel Board thanked 46 members of Congress—led by Rep. David Young, R-Iowa; and Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa—who voiced their strong support for a multiyear extension of the biodiesel tax incentive. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

Escalating trade war will increase damage to US soybean farmers

BY The American Soybean Association The administration's decision to impose 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports—and China's subsequent retaliation on $60 billion of U.S. products—deepens and prolongs the trade war between the two countries. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

EPA updates RFS data to include refinery exemptions, RIN prices

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA has updated its Renewable Fuel Standard public data web pages to include the number of small refinery exemption petitions received, approved and denied each compliance year; and the weekly average price and volume of RINs traded. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

Senators urge EPA to boost RFS volumes, account for exemptions

BY Ron KotrbaA group of 39 U.S. senators is urging the U.S. EPA to increase volume obligations for biodiesel and overall advanced biofuels while also advising the agency to ensure any small refiner economic hardship exemptions are appropriately accounted for. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

NBB shows US EPA higher 2020 biodiesel volumes are achievable

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2020, urging the EPA to increase volumes in both categories in the final RFS rule and to fully account for exemptions. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

NBB asks Farm Bill conferees to support biodiesel programs

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to leaders of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, reiterating the industry's strong support for passage of a new five-year Farm Bill that includes funding for programs that support biodiesel. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

In Depth: On the Road Again—Legally

BY Ron KotrbaJust over a year ago the future of B20 in California was uncertain, thanks to in-use requirements of the Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation, but as we’ve seen so many times, the biodiesel industry shone in the face of adversity. READ MORE

August 08, 2018

At 13 years old, the RFS is still vital policy

BY Ron KotrbaAug. 8 marks the 13th anniversary of what some say is the most successful U.S. energy policy, the Renewable Fuel Standard. Under RFS2, biodiesel started with a meager 500-million-gallon requirement in 2009 and has grown to 2.1 billion gallons today. READ MORE

August 02, 2018

Wheeler: EPA to create public 'dashboard' on RFS waivers

BY Erin Voegele Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard, small refinery hardship waivers, Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15, and issues related to agency transparency during a Senate hearing Aug. 1. READ MORE

July 30, 2018

Nat'l Biodiesel Board files opening brief challenging 2018 RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed an opening brief July 27 in its lawsuit objecting to U.S. EPA's methodology for establishing the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). NBB specifically disputes three issues with EPA's final RFS rule for 2018. READ MORE

July 26, 2018

Canada delays development of Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin Voegele The Canadian government has announced plans to delay implementation of its Clean Fuel Standard. Original plans called for development of the program regulations to be complete next year. That work is now expected to take until 2021. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

EPA finalizes RFS fuel pathways for distillers sorghum oil

BY Erin Voegele On July 24, the U.S. EPA published a notice qualifying distillers sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposal first came out in December. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

USDA assists farmers impacted by China's retaliatory tariffs

BY USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced July 24 that the USDA will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. Specifically, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Biodiesel advocates say RFS growth is futile if waivers continue

BY Ron KotrbaRFS proponents and detractors gathered in Michigan July 18 to testify before EPA during a public hearing on the agency's proposed 2019 RVOs for conventional, cellulosic and overall advanced biofuels, and the 2020 biomass-based diesel RVO proposal. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

Biodiesel helps push California GHG emissions below 1990 levels

BY Erin Voegele The California Air Resources Board has announced that in 2016 the state's greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004. Biodiesel, renewable diesel and ethanol helped achieve the reduction. READ MORE