Industry News

  • Soy Innovation Campus for NW Minn. gaining traction in Saint Paul

    April 19, 2019
    Funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel plant in Crookston has passed a key hurdle in the Minnesota legislature. The proposed Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston will receive $5 million in funding as part of a new bill.
  • US EPA: 40 SRE applications now pending for compliance year 2018

    April 19, 2019
    The U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions April 18, reporting that there are now 40 pending SRE applications for compliance year 2018, up from 39 pending as of March 28. No other changes were made to the data.
  • Pacific Biodiesel eyes California as federal, local support wanes

    April 18, 2019
    As the U.S. biodiesel sector pushes forward in an unsupportive federal environment, producers like Pacific Biodiesel find it necessary to operate outside their norm to continue operations. Pacific Biodiesel is considering shipping fuel to California.
  • Neste expands partnership with city of Oakland, California

    April 18, 2019
    Neste announced an expanded partnership with the city of Oakland, California, in which waste oil from the city is being collected and shipped overseas to Singapore for processing into renewable diesel, after which Neste will ship the biofuel back.
  • Biodiesel more cost competitive under Canada’s new carbon tax

    April 16, 2019
    Canada’s federal government implemented a carbon pollution tax on fuels this month, and while the tax means consumers and truckers will pay more for fossil fuels at the pump, it also means higher biodiesel blends are becoming more cost competitive.
  • Alabama governor awards Auburn University grant to study carinata

    April 15, 2019
    A $39,757 grant awarded by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will enable Auburn University to determine if an oilseed crop can be successfully grown and marketed in Alabama as a biofuel and become another cash crop for the state’s farmers.
  • US EPA seeks comments on SRE portion of proposed REGS rule

    April 12, 2019
    The U.S. EPA announced April 12 that it will reopen the comment period on one aspect of proposed rule issued in 2016 in an effort to “expand transparency surrounding the small refinery exemption program and provide further opportunity for input.”
  • BASF to expand sodium methylate production capacity in Brazil

    April 10, 2019
    BASF will increase the production capacity for its sodium methylate plant in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. The nameplate capacity will increase by 30 percent, from 60,000 metric tons to 80,000 metric tons. The new capacity will come online in 2020.
  • New study exposes absurdity of NWF land use change claims

    April 9, 2019
    A new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies paid for by the National Wildlife Federation.
  • National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Fuels 2019 with Industry ‘Engagement’

    April 8, 2019
    America’s largest celebration of biodiesel returned to California in January for a record sixth visit. More than 800 biodiesel producers, distributors, retailers and other industry advocates gathered in San Diego to immerse themselves in biodiesel.

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