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Stalled Northeast Biodiesel Plant Back on Track (Ind. Report)
Northeast Biodiesel
Date: 2022-01-17
Nearly six years after its anticipated opening, Northeast Biodiesel LLC -- a 1.75 million gpy biofuel from recycled restaurant grease manufacturing plant in Greenfield, Mass. -- is again gearing up to start production early this year.

The $5 million venture to build a factory was first announced in 2004 when it scored a $300,000 National Renewable Energy grant and a $340,000 U.S. Department of Energy business planning and development grant the previous year for the consumer-owned alternative energy cooperative Co-op Power, which today owns 75 pct of Northeast Biodiesel. (Source: Northeast Biodiesel, PR, Greenfield Recorder, 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: Northeast Biodiesel, Lynn Benander, President and CEO, Rick Durepo, General Manager, 413-772-8892, www.northeastbiodiesel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northeast Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  


GESS RNG Biogas Announces 4 RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
GESS RNG Biogas
Date: 2022-01-12
Raleigh, North Carolina-headquartered GESS RNG Biogas USA LLC is reporting four renewable natural gas (RNG) projects across the United States that will use its proprietary swine manure collection system to feed swine manure into anaerobic digesters.

GESS RNG Biogas will implement its system at two biogas plants in North Carolina. The Union County plant can accept swine manure, poultry litter, food processing byproduct, and agricultural row crops as feedstock. This plant is designed to initially produce up to 200,000 MMBtus of biogas per year, scaling up to 500,000 MMBtus per year. A second plant in Bladen County will collect swine manure and poultry litter from multiple surrounding farms, with initial production estimates between 160,000 and 200,000 MMBtus of biogas per year, scaling up to 500,000 MMBtus per year.

GESS RNG Biogas is also finalizing two dairy projects. The first, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will have 8,000 wet cow equivalent, producing up to 150,000 MMBtus of biogas per year. The second, in Syracuse, Kansas, will have 16,000 wet cow equivalent, producing up to 300,000 MMBtus of biogas per year.

For all projects, GESS RNG Biogas's sister company, Cyclum Renewables LLC , will be installing renewable microgrids allowing sites to utilize RNG, biodiesel, and EV trucks to be fueled on-site while also producing each biogas plant's electricity. (Source: GESS RNG Biogas, Website, 7 Jan., 2022) Contact: GESS RNG Biogas, Shaun Lee, Managing Partner, 984-289-8145, shaun.lee@gessint.com, www.gessrngbiogas.com; Cyclum Renewables, www.gocyclum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GESS RNG Biogas ,  RNG,  Biodiesel,  Biogas,  


Verbio Opening Corn Ethanol Plant in Iowa (Ind. Report)
Verbio
Date: 2022-01-10
Leipzig, Germany-based biodiesel producer Verbio reports its VERBIO Nevada Biorefinery, a retooled cellulosic ethanol plant in the city of Nevada, Iowa, is the first industrial scale renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in North America using agricultural residues as its feedstock. The plant is 100 pct owned by VERBIO North America Holdings Corporation.

RNG production from corn stover began in December 2021 with the completion of Phase I, at a capacity of 7 million ethanol gallons equivalent (EGE) per year. Upon completion of Phase II in the 4th quarter of 2022, the site will begin operating as a biorefinery, producing 60 million gallons of corn-based ethanol and an additional 19 million (EGE) of RNG from stillage. The integration of RNG and ethanol production, unique to VERBIO, incorporates advanced operational technology currently practiced at the company's facilities in Germany. The process also yields humus, a soil amendment, and organic fertilizers, according to the company website release.

When fully operational before the year end, the plant will consume roughly 100,000 tpy of locally sourced corn stover to produce 60 million gpy of ethanol. (Source: Verbio, PR, Website, AgInsider, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: Verbio North America, Claus Sauter, CEO, (866) 306-4777, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.us, www.verbio.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Stover,  Verbio,  Corn Ehanol,   Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


REG Comments on EPA Proposed RVOs (Comments & Asides)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2022-01-10
In Ames, Iowa, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) Pres. & CEO Cynthia 'CJ' Warner issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs):

"We are pleased to see that the Agency has proposed growth for 2022 in the biomass-based diesel and total advanced categories, as these support clean, renewable fuels that are enabling real decarbonization, right now. Demand for these products is growing as customers seek ready-now, low carbon solutions.

"In fact, with the anticipated increased capacity of renewable diesel coming online in 2022 to meet this demand, and the ample availability of feedstock to support this growth, we believe that the proposed advanced volumes are conservative and should be increased further. We look forward to continuing this important discussion with Administration officials.

"We are encouraged that the EPA is standing behind its sound analysis in proposing to deny all 65 pending small refiner exemption requests. Bio-based diesel delivers the powerful emissions reductions this country needs, and refiners themselves are participating in production of bio-based diesel in growing numbers. Consumers are demanding lower carbon fuels today and our industry stands ready for growth. Bio-based diesel has many benefits beyond carbon reduction. The industry is creating green jobs, contributing to cleaner air, supporting sustainable agriculture and growing rural economies." (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., PR, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  Renewable Energy Group,  EPA RVO,  Biodiesel,  


Empire State Mandates Bioheating Fuel Requirements (Reg & Leg)
New York State
Date: 2021-12-31
In Albany, the New York State legislature has passed legislation requiring minimum levels of biodiesel in all heating oil for use in any building in the Empire State. By July 2022 all heating oil sold (in New York State) must be bioheating fuel containing at least 5 pct biodiesel, rising to 10 pct by July 2025.

Switching to bioheating fuel reduces the emissions of multiple harmful pollutants and greenhouse gasses that cause various health issues including respiratory and cardiovascular harm.. Additionally, the mixing of bioheating fuel in heating oil will help reach the State's goals as detailed in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. (Source: Office of the Governor of NY, Website PR, 23 Dec., 2021) Contact: Office of the Governor of NY, Hon. Kathy Hochul, 518-474-8390 www.governor.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Bioheat,  Biodiesel,  


Kentucky Offers Biomass Chemical Prod. Incentives (Ind. Report)
Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Date: 2021-12-31
In Frankfort, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has launched the Kentucky Renewable Chemical Production Program for the production of more than 30 specified chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks.

The incentives program will share tax credits previously established for renewable diesel or biodiesel production in the commonwealth. The total amount of tax credit will be 5 cents per molecular pound of weight of renewable chemicals produced in Kentucky by an eligible business, unless the total amount of approved credits for all taxpayers exceeds the annual cap of $10 million for the program.

Download program details HERE . (Source: Kentucky Department of Agriculture , 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Renewable Chemical Production Program, Tim Hughes, 502-573-0282, timd.hughes@ky.gov, www.kyagr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  Renewable Chemical,  Biomass,  


NBB Lauds Biodiesel Tax Incentive Benefits Study (Report Attached)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2021-12-31
"The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) welcomed the release of a new report, The Economic Benefits of the Biodiesel Blenders' Credit from Capital Policy Analytics. The report calculates annual economic benefits of $15 billion and environmental benefits of $4.3 billion from U.S. biodiesel production. In 2020, the U.S. market for biodiesel and renewable diesel reached 3 billion gallons with support from the $1 per gallon tax incentive.

"The current tax credit expires at the end of 2022. Letting it expire would harm the U.S. economy and the environment, the data show. A significant body of research also demonstrates that the biodiesel tax credit easily passes a cost-benefit analysis, and that the environmental benefits alone from each gallon of biodiesel that replaces petrodiesel exceed two dollars a gallon, or more than double the cost of the credit," the report notes.

"Moreover, the report finds that in 2019 use of biodiesel reduced U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 18 million metric tons. The cumulative greenhouse gas emission reduction since the inception of the biodiesel tax incentive is more than 100 million metric tons. "The report authors write, 'We believe that ending the credit in 2022, when the current legislation providing for it expires, would be inadvisable and would likely devastate the market, resulting in the destruction of thousands of jobs, an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and other local air pollutants, and the undoing of much of what the previous 17 years accomplished -- namely, the establishment of a robust market for an important fuel and an essential tool for reversing climate change."

"The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. The new report estimates that expiration of the tax incentive would eliminate as many as 3,000 jobs in the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry. The total employment loss throughout the supply chain associated with production would be between 7,500 and 9,000 jobs," according the NBB.

Download the The Economic Benefits of the Biodiesel Blenders' Credit report HERE . (Source: NBB, Website PR, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  NBB,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit ,  


bp Claims Maritime B30 Blend Fuel Test Success (Int'l. Report)
bp,Maersk Tankers
Date: 2021-12-17
London-headquartered petroleum giant BP and Maersk Tankers are reporting the completion of two trials using marine fuel blended with biofuel on tankers. Each vessel was bunkered with bp Marine B30 biofuel -- 30 pct fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) -- a biodiesel blended with very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO).

bp noted "no modifications to the engine or infrastructure were required and no adverse effects to equipment or machinery were observed during or after the trials."(Source: bp, PR, Reuters, 17, Dec., 2021) Maersk Tankers

More Low-Carbon Energy News bp news,  Marine Biofuel news,  Maersk Tankers news,  B30 news,  


USDA Announces $800Mn Biofuel Ind. Relief Program (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2021-12-17
In Washington, the USDA reports it will make up to $800 million available through the new Biofuel Producer Programme authorised by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to support biofuel producers and infrastructure.

Of the total, $700 million will provide economic relief to biofuel producers and restore renewable fuel markets affected by the pandemic. The remaining $100 million is earmarked to significantly increase the sales and use of higher blends of bioethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from agricultural products. (Source: USDA, 15 Dec., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA news,  Biofuel news,  


NBB Releases Biodiesel Tax Incentive Benefits Study (Report Attached)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2021-12-17
In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) welcomed the release of a new report, The Economic Benefits of the Biodiesel Blenders' Credit from Capital Policy Analytics. The report calculates annual economic benefits of $15 billion and environmental benefits of $4.3 billion from U.S. biodiesel production. In 2020, the U.S. market for biodiesel and renewable diesel reached 3 billion gallons with support from the $1 per gallon tax incentive.

According to the report, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. The new report estimates that expiration of the tax incentive would eliminate as many as 3,000 jobs in the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry. The total employment loss throughout the supply chain associated with production would be between 7,500 and 9,000 jobs.

Moreover, the report finds that in 2019 use of biodiesel reduced U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 18 million metric tons. The cumulative greenhouse gas emission reduction since the inception of the biodiesel tax incentive is more than 100 million metric tons.

Download the The Economic Benefits of the Biodiesel Blenders' Credit report HERE . (Source: NBB, Website RR, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  NBB,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tac,  


Optimus Technologies Reports B-100 Test Success (Ind. Report)
NBB, Optimus Technologies
Date: 2021-12-10
Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies, Illinois Soybean Association, ADM, American Lung Association and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council are reporting a collaboration and 18-month pilot project aimed at bringing B-100 biodiesel fuel closer to being a reality in commercial fleet operations.

The program, partially funded through the soybean checkoff, started in February of 2020 and ended in July 2021 with five trucks that used 73,186 gallons of B-99.9 covered 623,922 miles during the trial. The trucks were supplied through ADM's Mexico, Missouri, soybean crush and biodiesel production facility, and ran in temperatures as low as -23F with zero operational challenges being reported.

The Optimus Vector System Technical data from the pilot includes fuel economy, performance and a look inside the engines themselves to evaluate emissions after treatment devices, fuel injectors and general wear.

The Optimus Technologies Vector System integrates into existing operations and enables diesel engines to operate on 100 pct biodiesel. (Source: Optimus Technologies, NBB, Website PR, 6 Dec., 2021) Contact: Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO , www.optimustec.com; Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, www.mosoy.org; United Soybean Board, www.unitedsoybean.org; Illinois Soybean Association, www.ilsoy.org; ADM, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Optimus Technologies,  Biodiesel,  B100,  


Sherdar Australia Planning New Renewable Diesel Facility (Int'l.)
Sherdar Australia
Date: 2021-12-08
In the Land Down Under, Sherdar Australia Bio Refinery Pty Ltd., a special purpose investment vehicle recently established in Australia by Transasia Minerals Ltd, is reporting plans to develop a 500,000 tpy renewable diesel processing and storage facility at an as yet unannounced location. Transasia Minerals Ltd. is a Jakarta-based privately owned investment company focused on the mining, oil and gas, and energy sectors

The planned facility will use regionally sourced feedstocks and deploy Shell's hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) technology. Sherdar is currently in the final stages of engineering and receiving relevant approvals for the project which is expected to come in at roughly $600 million. (Source: Transasia Minerals Ltd., PR, Macau Business, Dec., 2021) Contact: Transasia Minerals Ltd., www.transasiaminerals.com/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  Australia Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


Jakarta Upping Biodiesel Blend Rate (Int'l. Report)
Indonesia Palm Oil
Date: 2021-12-08
In Jakarta, Reuters reports Indonesia will need to achieve 40 pct biodiesel blending by 2024 in order to reach its renewable energy use targets of 23 pct by 2020. Jakarta originally planned to hit B40 by 2021 but high palm oil prices have stalled the mandate at 30 pct.

Indonesian biodiesel consumption is projected to increase by 10 billion liters in 2022, according to the Reuters release.

Indonesia collects levies to help finance its palm oil programmes, including biodiesel subsidies and smallholder replanting programmes. It increased its crude palm oil levies to record highs this year, and is estimated to collect as much $4.95 billion in levies this year. (Source: Reuters, 1 Dec., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesia Biofuel Blend,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


Union Jobs in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries: An American Success Story (Report Attached)
Reneable Fuels Association
Date: 2021-11-19
According to a new report by veterans of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. GSA and KPMG International, the U.S. biofuel industry supports more than 30,000 union jobs, primarily in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and utilities, construction, professional and business services.

The report notes that continued support for the ethanol and biodiesel industries will have a positive causal effect on union jobs, will help mitigate against a downward trend in U.S. union membership and is likely to increase the number of middle-wage and middle-skill union jobs in traditionally agricultural economies.”

Download the Union Jobs in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries: An American Success Story report HERE . (Source: RFA, Website PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, CEO, www.EthanolRFA.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Biofuel,  


UK DfT Reports Detailed Renewable Fuels Data (Int'l. Report)
UK Department for Transport
Date: 2021-11-17
According to the UK Department for Transport (DfT), renewable fuels made up 5 pct of the country's transport fuel mix, down from 5.9 pct over the same period 12 months ago. Of the total 1.44 billion litres of renewable fuels supplied between 1 January and 20 September, 63 pct was biodiesel, 25 pct was bioethanol and the balance was biomethane.

The DfT data notes the most common fuel type was biodiesel made from used cooking oil (16.5 million litres), followed by bioethanol from sugar beet betaine residue (8.5 million litres). Of the renewable fuel supplied to date this year , the most widely reported source for biodiesel was used cooking oil from China (168 million litres) and corn from Ukraine for bioethanol (51 million litres).

Taken together, renewable fuels achieved an average of 85 pct greenhouse gas (GHG) savings when compared with fossil fuel use, according to the DfT release.

Download the UK Department for Transport Renewable Fuels Statistics HERE (Source: UK Department for Transport, Website, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/latest?departments[]=department-for-transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Transport,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Bioethanol,  


REGI, BOOSTER Offer Mobile Renewable Fuels Service (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group Inc.
Date: 2021-11-15
San Mateo, California-based Booster , the tech-enabled energy delivery service, and low-carbon fuels producer Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) are reporting a partnership to provide mobile delivery of renewable diesel, biodiesel, and blended fuels to fleets. The service started in California in August and has the potential to grow nationally.

As part of the partnership, REGI has invested in Booster and will be an exclusive supplier of bio-based diesel to Booster. Booster will also be an exclusive mobile fueler to REG and will partner with REG to explore expansion opportunities. (Source: REGI, PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Booster, Frank MYcropft, CEO, 888.938.3563 , www. boosterusa.com; REGI, Bob Kenyan, Snr. VP Sales & Marketing, C.J. Warner, Pres., CEO, (515) 239-8000, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc.,  REGI,  Renewable Fuel,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Diesel,  


Enviva Inks SAF, Biodiesel Production Agreement (Ind. Report)
Enviva
Date: 2021-11-10
Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Enviva is reporting a contract with a European processor of solid biomass into refined liquids that become high-grade renewable fuels including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biodiesel.

According to the company website, Enviva aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tpy in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and from third-party marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida. (Source: Enviva, PR, Website, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


Praj Industries, Indian Oil Ink SAF, Biofuels MoU (Int'l. Report)
Indian Oil Corporation,Praj Industries
Date: 2021-11-10
Pune, India-based ethanol producer, bio-based technologies and engineering specialist Praj Industries Limited and New Delhi-based Indian Oil Corporation Limited are reporting a MoU to further develop and produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), 1G and 2G ethanol, compressed biogas and related products and opportunities .

The two Indian firms will also collaborate to establish biofuel production facilities, including CBG, biodiesel and ethanol. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, Website Nov., 2021) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net;, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., www.iocl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation,  Praj Industries,  sustainable aviation fuels,  SAF,  


Wood to Advance REGI's Renewable Fuel Capacity (Ind. Report)
John Wood Group
Date: 2021-11-03
Aberdeen, Scotland-headquartered Wood Plc -- fka John Wood Group PLC -- reports it is advancing an engineering, procurement, and construction management services contract with Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) that will expand REGI's renewable diesel biorefinery in Geismar, Louisiana.

The project will increase the biorefinery's production capacity from 90 million to 340 million gpy, enhance existing operations, and improve operational reliability and logistics.

Renewable Energy Group Inc. is one of the leading producers of renewable diesel in the US. In addition to the Geismar renewable diesel plant, REGI operates biodiesel plants in the US and in Germany. (Source: Wood, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Wood Americas, Steve Conway, Snr. VP, +44 1224 851000, www.woodplc.com; REGI, Katie Stanley, (515) 979-3771, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  


Indonesia to Cut Palm Deforestation by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Indonesia Palm Oil
Date: 2021-11-03
At COP26 in Edinburgh, the world's largest palm-oil producer, Indonesia has agreed to end deforestation by 2030.

Indonesia, which has 35.6 million acres (56,250 square miles) of palm plantations on deforested land -- has been widely criticized for clearing forests for palm oil cultivation for biodiesel and other applications.

The EU has vowed to boycott and end palm oil imports from Indonesia and Malaysia which has erupted into a legal row between the parties.

As previously noted, TuK Indonesia, an NGO advocate for the environment, reported the estimated total wealth of the top 27 families in the palm oil industry at more than $88 billion -- roughly 8 pct of the country's GDP. Among the top producers, Wilmar International, which produces 2.3 million kiloliters per year of palm oil biodiesel, is the major recipient of Indonesian government subsidies to the palm oil industry. Wilmar scored 55 pct of the total $530 million from the BPDP-KS distributed to five palm oil companies in 2017. (Source: Various Media, COP26 Release, Nov., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesia Palm Oil,  


REGI Geismar Renewable Diesel Expansion Underway (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2021-10-22
In the Hawkeye State, Ames-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) reports the expansion and upgrading of its renewable diesel (RD) plant in Geismar, Louisiana, is underway.

The project will increase the site's production capacity from 90 million gpy to 340 million gpy. The expansion and upgrade is expected to come in at $950 million and to be mechanically complete by 2023 with full operability in 2024.

With the plant improvements, the Geismar plant will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 2.8 million metric tpy -- equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from 7.1 billion miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, according to the release. (Source: REGI, Website PR, 14 Oct., 2021) Contact: REGI, Katie Stanley, (515) 979-3771, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


REGI, ISU Hydrotreater Pilot Plant Startup Announced (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2021-10-18
In the Hawkeye State, Ames-based biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) and the Iowa State University (ISU) Bioeconomy Institute are reporting the start-up of a new hydrotreater pilot plant at the ISU BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) in Boone, Iowa.

The ISU BCRF is an integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. This hydrotreater pilot plant will utilize the expertise of both organizations to better understand how various biomass feedstocks can play a role in the production of renewable fuels with a specific focus on renewable diesel.

The pilot plant is a multi-reactor state-of-the-art research and development unit designed by REGI's engineering teams to accelerate the development of new feedstocks and processes. The system is fully automated and configured to run safely and reliably for weeks at a time, according to the release. (Source: REGI, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: ISU BioCentury Research Farm , 515-296-6300, www.biocenturyresearchfarm.iastate.edu; REGI, Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


REGI Closing Houston Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2021-10-08
Ames, Iowa-headquartered sustainable fuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) is reporting the upcoming November closure of its 2008-vintage , 35 million gpy biodiesel plant near Houston, Texas.

"We have made the decision not to renew the lease for our REG Houston biorefinery, which would have imposed an uncompetitive fixed cost on the plant. The plant has run very well but has always been relatively challenged due to its leasing agreement coupled with a lack of REGI's hallmark multi-feedstock processing capability," REGI President & CEO Cynthia Warner said in the release. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Website Release, 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: REGI, Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group news,  REGI news,  Biodiesel news,  


Bunge, Chevron Propose Renewable Fuel Feedstock JV (Ind. Report)
Bunge, CHevron
Date: 2021-09-29
San Ramon, California-headquartered Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Bunge North America, Inc. are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a proposed 50/50 joint venture to help meet the demand for renewable fuels and to develop lower carbon intensity feedstocks.

Under the proposed agreement, Bunge would contribute its soybean processing facilities in Destrehan, Louisiana, and Cairo, Illinois, and Chevron is expected to contribute roughly $600 million in cash. The companies anticipate approximately doubling the combined capacity of the facilities from 7,000 tpd by the end of 2024. The joint venture would also pursue new growth opportunities in lower carbon intensity feedstocks, as well as consider feedstock pre-treatment investments.

Bunge will continue to operate the facilities, leveraging its expertise in oilseed processing and farmer relationships to manage origination and marketing of meal and plant-based oil. Chevron would have offtake rights to the soybean oil to use as renewable feedstock to manufacture biodiesel and sustainable aviation jet fuel (SAF) . Chevron would also provide market knowledge and downstream retail and commercial distribution channels. The proposed joint venture is subject to the negotiation of definitive agreements with customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. (Source: Bunge, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Bunge, Greg Heckman, CEO, Ruth Ann Wisener, 636-292-3014 Ruthann.wisener@bunge.com, www.bunge.com; Chevron, Mark Nelson, Exec. VP Downstream & Chemicals, Roderick Green, invest@chevron.com, www.chevron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bunge news,  Chevron news,  Biofuel Feedstock news,  Soybean Oil news,  


NBB Applauds Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
National Bioediesel Board, NBB
Date: 2021-09-15
In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has welcomed the proposed extension through 2031 of the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit in the House Ways & Means portion of the Build Back Better Act. The NBB noted:

"Biodiesel and renewable diesel are clean, low-carbon fuels that are widely available today to achieve the carbon reductions Congress is seeking. These fuels are 74 pct less carbon intensive than petroleum diesel on average and have prevented more than 140 million tons of carbon emissions since 2010. Moreover, they substantially cut emissions of particulate matter that impact cancer rates, asthma and other respiratory diseases, which can lower associated healthcare costs. The biodiesel tax credit continues to be extremely successful in expanding consumer access to these clean, low-carbon fuels while driving economic growth and job creation."

The NBB noted the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, Website PR, 11 Sept., 2021) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Tax Credit,  Renewable Diesel,  National Biodiesel Board,  NBB,  


Neste, Kinder Morgan Partner on Biofuels Logistics (Ind. Report)
Neste, Kinder Morgan
Date: 2021-09-15
Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it is partnering with Texas-based energy infrastructure developer Kinder Morgan, Inc. to support the increased production of renewable diesel (RD), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable feedstocks such as used cooking oil for polymers and chemicals production.

As part of the initial phases of the project, Kinder Morgan will modify 30 existing storage tanks and piping at its Harvey, Louisiana facility to accommodate segregated storage for a variety of raw material. The project includes the installation of a new boiler for heating tanks and railcars and infrastructure improvements The project, which is supported by a long-term commercial commitment from Neste, is expected to begin operations in Q1, 2023. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website News, 13 September 2021) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, Pres., Neste U.S., +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com

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US Biofuel Production Dropped in June (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2021-09-10
Recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) notes U.S. biofuel production capacity was slightly lower in June, this year, from 20.792 billion gpy in May to 20.732 billion gpy. Total feedstock consumption was approximately 26.166 billion pounds in June, down from 26.768 billion pounds in May.

Fuel alcohol capacity fell 3 MMgy, from 17.396 billion gallons in May to 17.393 billion gallons in June while biodiesel production capacity held steady at 2.428 billion gpy. Other biofuels -- renewable diesel, renewable heating oil, renewable jet fuel, renewable naphtha, renewable gasoline -- dropped to 911 MMgy in June, down 60 MMgy when compared to the 971 MMgy reported for May.

According to the EIA data, 24.64 billion pounds of corn went to biofuel production in June, down from 25.136 billion pounds in May while grain sorghum feedstock increased from 12 million pounds in May to 36 million pounds in June. The consumption of soybean oil feedstock fell to 663 million pounds, down from 788 million in June. The consumption of corn oil feedstock was also down, at 241 million pounds in June, compared to 257 million pounds in May. Details on Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update (31 Aug., 2021) HERE (Source: US EIA, Sept., 2021) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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Strategic Biofuels Nails Biorefinery CCS Test Well (Ind. Report)
Strategic Biofuels
Date: 2021-09-03
As previously noted, Strategic Biofuels LLC, the leader in developing negative carbon footprint renewable fuels plants, reports its carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) test well program at its Louisiana Green Fuels (LGF) Project in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, has been completed.

The test well program demonstrated that CO2, the main greenhouse gas generated during the fuel production process, can be safely and securely stored deep underground and that the storage reservoir has sufficient capacity to store all the gas produced over the plant's lifetime. Completing the test well program is an essential pre-requisite for securing the permit for the EPA Class VI sequestration well.

The design and execution of the test well program was developed by COO Bob Meredith with help from Geostock Sandia, an international consulting firm that has worked with the Department of Energy on carbon sequestration wells for almost two decades. (Source: Strategic Biofuels LLC, Aug, 2021) Contact: Strategic Biofuels, Strategic Biofuels & Louisiana Green Fuels, [startlimk]info@info@strategicbiofuels.net[endllink]

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USDA Awards $26Mn in Biofuels Infrastructure Grants (Funding)
USDA, USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
Date: 2021-08-25
Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that USDA is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels, such as E15 and flex fuels such as E85, by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states. USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The announcement includes investments in 23 states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin.

The announcement marks the one-year anniversary of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. To date, USDA has invested $66.4 million for projects that are expected to increase biofuels sales by 1.2 billion gallons annually.

Through this program, USDA helps transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities offer higher ethanol and biodiesel blends to customers by sharing the costs to install fuel pumps, equipment and infrastructure.

In California, AltAir Paramount LLC will use a $1.5 million grant to install a pump, safety infrastructure and piping at its fuel distribution facility. Funds will also be used to retrofit and upgrade a biodiesel storage tank. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 135 million gallons per year.

In Ohio, United Dairy Farmers Inc. will use a $634,000 grant to replace 21 dispensers and four storage tanks at four fueling stations. The company also will install 13 dispensers at two more fueling stations in Ohio and Kentucky. This project is expected to increase ethanol sales by 4 million gallons per year.

In North Carolina, Zenith Energy Terminals Holdings LLC will use a $614,930 grant to install a truck rack biodiesel blending system at a fuel distribution facility. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 24 million gallons per year.

The National Biodiesel Board notes the funding for 12 projects from California to Connecticut will support nearly 771 million gpy of biodiesel per year and reduce the nation's carbon emissions by more than 7.2 million metric tpy at a cost of less than $2.25 per ton. (Source: USDA, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

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Xfuels Set to Begin Biodiesel Production in Alberta (Ind. Report)
Xfuels Inc.
Date: 2021-08-25
Calgary, Alberta-based Xfuels Inc. reports it is set to begin biodiesel (B100) production at its Bieseker plantwhich will be equipped a continuous biodiesel production system capable of processing 50 barrels per hour -- expandable to 100 barrels per hour.

"To further enhance the project, the company will also purchase a blending unit to produce our own B-20 biodiesel product to run in the Cycle Energy Services rigs and equipment. Fuel cost is one of the largest expenses when utilizing our equipment for abandonment or work-overs and recapturing some of those costs while increasing 20 pct renewable utilization is a win-win for the company," according to the release.

The company will also integrate its priority grinding and oil extraction for maximum yield of usable oil. The spent waste will be utilized in the retrofitted incinerator to produce gas for power production.

Xfuels Inc. produces responsible energy products both traditional and renewable with a focus on carbon footprint reduction and cutting-edge technologies, according to its website. (Source: Xfuels, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Xfuels, Michael McLaren, mikem@xxfuels.com, www.xxfuels.com

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USDA Supports Kansas Biofuel Availability Projects (Funding)
USDA Rural Development
Date: 2021-08-23
In Topeka, the USDA has announced a $5.19 million Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program investment to build infrastructure and expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels in Kansas through the following projects:

  • TA Operating LLC will replace 28 dispensers and two storage tanks at two fueling stations in Salina, Kan., and Gary, Ind. The $190,000 investment is expected to increase the compay's ethanol sales by over 1.1 million gpy;

  • Three G Energy Inc. will replace four dispensers at a fueling station in McPherson. The project is a $117,000 investment and is expected to increase the company's ethanol sales by over 894,000 gpy;

  • Magellan Pipeline Company LP will install a 25,000 barrel storage tank, piping, pumps, gauging, manways, tank insertion heater and insulation, as well as a small biodiesel mechanical building in Kansas City, Kan. The company will also install a 10,000 barrel storage tank with piping, pumps, gauging, tank insertion heater and insulation, as well as a small biodiesel mechanical building at a distribution facility in Brookline, Mo. The $4.8 million project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by over 223.6 million gpy. (Source: USDA, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

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  • Union Pacific Boosting Locomotive Biodiesel Blend Rate (Ind. Report)
    Union Pacific
    Date: 2021-08-23
    In Omaha, Union Pacific, the country's second largest railroad after BNSF, reports it will boost the biodiesel fuel blend rate in its more than 700 EMD locomotives from the present 5 pct to 20 pct as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Union Pacific noted the updated fuel blend rate follows comprehensive testing of high-horsepower locomotives and monitoring their fuel consumption, as well as the biofuel blend's impact on engine oil and fuel filters and the environment. (Source: Union Pacific, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: Union Pacific, Beth Whited Executive VP Environment, 402-544-5000, www.up.com

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    Fagen Tapped for Epitome Energy Biodiesel Soybean Crush Facility (Ind. Report)
    Fagen,Epitome Energy
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Epitome Energy reports it has awarded Fagen the EPC contract to construct a $300 million, 42 million-bpy soybean crush facility in Crookston Minnesota. A refined, bleached, and deodorised oil refining operation may be added at a later date.

    Granite Falls, Minnesota-based Fagen has reportedly constructed roughly 60 pct of the US's ethanol production capacity, as well as multiple biodiesel, wind and power projects, according to the release. (Source: Epitome Energy, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Epitome Energy, 612-325-1330, www.epitomeenergy.com; Fagen, Evan Fagen, www.fageninc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Epitome Energy,  Biodiesel,  Soybean Oil,  Fagen,  


    Clean Air Biodiesel Joins Clean Fuels Ohio Coalition (Ind. Report)
    Clean Air Biodiesel,Clean Cities Coalition
    Date: 2021-08-18
    In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based waste cooking oil biodiesel producer Clean Air Biodiesel reports it has joined the Columbus-based Clean Fuels Ohio coalition, a national Clean Cities Coalition member that provides insight on alternative transportation fuels. Other members include Duke Energy, Honda, Cummins, Ohio Soybean Council, RNG Coalition and the American Biogas Council.

    In addition to joining Clean Fuels Ohio, Clean Air Biodiesel recently announced a waste cooking oil reclamation and recycling initiative for the City of Columbus. Clean Air Biodiesel is Ohio's newest biodiesel producer with a new 30,000 square-foot facility opening this autumn to produce more than 25 million gpy of biodiesel . (Source: Clean Fuels Ohio, PR, 17 Aug., 2021) Contact: Clean Air Biodiesel, Bruce Burke, Dir. Marketing, 614-948-8533, www.clean-air-biodiesel.com; Clean Fuels Ohio, Rachel Ellenberger, Busines Development and Communications , www.cleanfuelsohio.org; Clean Cities Coalition, www.cleancities.energy.gov

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    Colbeck Capital Provides $58.8Mn to Biodiesel Producer (Funding)
    Colbeck Capital Management
    Date: 2021-08-13
    Colbeck Capital Management announced it had provided a $58.5 million facility to ramp up operations of an un-named American fuel producer. The growth capital will support the new company's production, storage, and distribution of biodiesel. (Source: Colbeck Capital Management, Website PR, 11 Aug., 2021) Contact: Colbeck Capital, Jason Colodne, 212.603.2800, www.colbeck,com

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    NBB Calls for Biden to Support Renewable Fuel Standard (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2021-08-04
    In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has launched an ad campaign in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin calling on Pres. Joe Biden to maintain his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

    "As a candidate last August, Joe Biden called the Renewable Fuel Standard 'our bond with our farmers and our commitment to a thriving rural economy.' But now, there are reports he's considering handouts to oil refiners -- at the expense of biodiesel producers and soybean farmers," the ad notes.

    According to the NBB, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 US jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 pct of the value of each US bushel of soybeans. (Source: NBB, Aug., 2021) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


    EU Maintains US Biodiesel Tariffs (Int'l. Report)
    European Commission
    Date: 2021-08-04
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports the European Union (EU) will retain its 2009 tariffs -- anti-dumping duties -- on US biodiesel for a further five years to 2026. The EC concluded that removing or lowering the tariffs would likely lead to a surge of imports at artificially low prices.

    The tariffs, which range as high as €198 ($235.36) per tonne, and duties related to subsidies from €211.2 to €237 per tonne, will continue to be imposed on a range of companies, including Archer Daniels Midlands Co., Cargill and others. (Source: European Commission, Europa News, Aug., 2021)

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    Oman's First Biodiesel Plant Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Synergy BioFuels
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Muscat, Synergy BioFuels is reporting the commissioning and initial production of 30 tonnes of international EN14214 compliant biodiesel from used cooking oil at the Samail Industrial Estate in Oman.

    The biodiesel plant is part of the Oman Biofuels Hub established by Synergy. The biofuel hub includes in addition In addition to the biodiesel manufacturing plant, the biofuels hub includes a research center focused on biofuels and renewable fuels in collaboration with local researchers and universities. (Source: Synergy BioFuels, PR, Times of Oman, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Synergy BioFuels, www.synergybiofuels.com

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    Eni, BASF Launch Bio-Propanol Biofuel Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Eni, BASF
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Italian energy giant Eni SpA and German industrial conglomerate BASF SE are reporting a joint initiative to develop a new technology to produce bio-propanol as a drop-in transportation fuel that could reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 65 pct to 75 pct compared to fossil fuels.

    The joint initiative aims to develop bio-propanol from glycerin, a side product in the production of industrial biodiesel that Eni would buy from European producers, with a BASF catalyst. Bio-propanol produced in this way has better chemical properties than bioethanol and is therefore a valuable component for the preparation of premium gasoline, according to the release. (Source: Eni SpA, BASF, PR Market Watch, 29 July, 2021) Contact: Eni SpA, www.eni.com; BASF Dr. Detlef Kratz, Pres. Process Research & Chemical Engineering, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

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    Alberta Invests in Canary Biodiesel Facility (Ind. Report)
    Canary Biofuels
    Date: 2021-07-28
    On the Canadian prairies, Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon has announced the province will invest $4.7 million in Calgary-headquartered Canary Biofuels Inc . flagship biodiesel facility in Lethbridge, Alberta.

    The $28.6 million facility is expected to purchase $375 million worth of locally-sourced agricultural waste, inedible fat and used cooking oil feedstock over the next five years and generate $500 million in revenues.

    The facility's biodiesel production as been pre-sold to an unnamed Canadian supplier, according to the release. (Source: Alberta Environment and Parks, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Canary Biofuels, George Wadsworth, CEO, 403 680-8742, info@canarybiofuels.com, www.canarybiofuels.com

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    Bioenergy Europe 2021 Biofuel Statistical Report (Report Attached)
    Bioenergy Europe, ePURE
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Bioenergy Europe has published its annual statistical report and policy briefing, with input from ePURE and the European Biodiesel Board. According to the Biofuels for Transport report, the transport sector, alongside industry and buildings, "is the main energy user and source of emissions and is still heavily dominated by fossil fuels. Despite readily available solutions, in 2019 the share of renewables in transport was a mere 6.81 pct.

    Download the Biofuels for Transport report HERE. (Source: ePURE, July 2021) Contact: ePURE, www.epure.cog; Bioenergy Europe, www.bioenergyeurope.org; European Biodiesel Board, www.ebb-eu.org

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    Argentina Cutting Biodiesel Blend Rates (Int'l. Report)
    Biodiesel
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Argentina, the world's top soy oil exporter, last week lawmakers approved a measure to allow reductions in the amount of soy-based biofuel mixed into domestically consumed petroleum fuels. The new law foresees a minimum use of biodiesel of 5 pct, which could drop to 3 pct in diesel for sale to the public, from the previous 10 percent. (Source: AgCentral News, 21 July, 2021)

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    Updated Bioheat® Mandates Demonstrate Value of Biodiesel (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2021-07-16
    The National Biodiesel Board reports Governors from Connecticut and Rhode Island signed graduated approaches to tackling carbon emissions into law this week through mandates requiring increased use of biomass-based heating oil (Bioheat®) over the next decade. A similar bill in New York awaits Governor Cuomo's signature, highlighting the growing momentum Bioheat fuel is experiencing in the region.

    Each of the mandates differ slightly. Yet, each result in elevated blend levels of Bioheat® fuel, including two of the mandates reaching B50 (50 pct biodiesel, 50 pct petroleum diesel): Connecticut's mandate requires B5 by 2022, B10 by 2025, B15 by 2030, B20 by 2034 and B50 by 2035. The Rhode Island mandate expands the B5 mandate to B10 by 2023, B20 by 2025 and B50 by 2030. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: NBB, Floyd Vergara, Gov. Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

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    Columbus, Ohio Biodiesel Ventures Announced (Ind. Report)
    Clean Air Biodiesel Group
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based Clean Air Biodiesel Group reports it is planning construction of a new 10 million gpy ATSM-certified renewable biodiesel from virgin and reclaimed oils production facility in Columbus. Global Biodiesel Trading, a related but separate company from Clean Air Biodiesel Group, will specialize in import and export of both feedstock and biofuels.

    Clean Air Biodiesel plans to commence operations in the fall of 2021. (Source: Clean Air Biodiesel, Mandalay Group, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Clean Air Biodiesel Group, Bruce Burke, 727-612-5775, www.clean-air-biodiesel.com; Global Biodiesel Trading, www.globalbiodieseltrading.com

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    EIA Expects Biodiesel Production Increase in 2022 (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In Washington, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is predicting that biodiesel production will increase by 10 pct in 2022 following a slight decline in 2021, while biomass-based diesel net are imports are expected to rise in both years.

    According to the EIA, U.S. biodiesel production increased by approximately 5 pct from 2019 to 2020, averaging an estimated 118,000 bpd last year. The agency expects biodiesel to fall slightly to 117,000 bpd this year, before increasing by 10 pct to 129,000 bpd in 2022, due in part to biodiesel's role in meeting multiple Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the biodiesel production tax credit through 2022.

    The EIA also noted that despite high renewable identification number (RIN) prices, record-high feedstock costs are expected to limit biodiesel production growth over the forecast period.

    The EIA expects net imports to increase to an average of 29,000 bpd in 2021 and 44,000 bpd in 2022. (Source: EIA, July, 2021) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo

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    Anglo American Claims Marine Biofuel Trial Success (Int'l. Report)
    Anglo American , Alpha Biofuels.
    Date: 2021-06-30
    London-headquartered global mining giant Anglo American reports the successful conclusion of a chartered ship voyage from Singapore to South Africa using 7 pct biodiesel and 93 pct regular bunker fuel blend. The biodiesel, which was supplied by Toyota Tsusho Petroleum, was produced from waste cooking oil by Singapore-based Alpha Biofuels.

    The 7 pct biofuel blend reduces CO2 emissions by roughly 5 pct and is compliant with the International Standard Organisation's requirement for marine fuels and requires no substantial engine modifications, the release noted.

    According to Anglo American CEO Peter Whitcutt, "The success of this trial marks an important step forward in establishing biofuel as a viable option, aligned with circular economic principles. These efforts also reinforce our commitment as an organisation to reduce emissions across the entire value chain, as we work towards carbon neutrality across our operations by 2040." (Source: Anglo American, Website PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Anglo American, Peter Whitcutt, CEO , www.angloamerican.com; Alpha Biofuels, +65 6264 6696, www.alphabiofuels.sg; Toyota Tsusho Petroleum, www.toyota-tsusho-petroleum.com

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    Biofuels 17 pct of US 2020 Renewables Consumption (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2021-06-18
    According to recent EIA data, consumption of renewable energy in the U.S. grew for the fifth consecutive year in 2020, reaching a record 11.6 quadrillion Btu -- 12 pct of total U.S. energy -- while fossil fuel and nuclear power consumption declined.

    EIA data shows that biofuels, including fuel ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels, accounted for approximately 17 percent of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020, despite an 11 percent drop in biofuel consumption caused by market factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Wood and waste energy, wood pellets, and biomass waste from landfills accounted for about 22 pct of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2019. (Source: U.S. EIA, Monthly Energy Review, 16 June, 2021) Contact: IS EIA, www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=48396, www.eia.gov

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    Malaysian B20 Biodiesel Plan Delayed (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2021-06-16
    Following up on our 13th Jan., coverage, in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities reports the country’s B20 palm-biodiesel transportation biofuel plan is expected to be implemented nationwide by the end of 2022.

    The B20 programme was originally slated for implementation by mid-2021. (Source: Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, The Star, 15 June, 2015)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

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    India Advances 20 pct Ethanol-Petrol Blend Target (Int'l. Report)
    Idia Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advanced the country’s target of 20 pct ethanol blended petrol by five years to 2025 from the previous target date of 2030.

    As previously reported, India's National Biofuel Policy 2018 targeted 20 pct blending of ethanol in petrol and 5 pct blending of biodiesel in diesel by 2030. The blending percentage of ethanol with petrol has increased from 1.53 pct in 2013-14 to 8.5 pct in 2020-2.

    India's ethanol production capacity is 684 crore litre (1,806,936,800 gallons). (Source: Office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 5 June, 2021)

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    NBB Thanks Senators, Representatives for Proposing Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
    NBB
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In Washington, "the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and its members thank Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) for introducing the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation to extend the biodiesel tax credit through 2025. The bill introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House today would provide the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry certainty for an additional three years, supporting continued growth in U.S. production of better, cleaner fuels that are reducing carbon emissions now and boosting rural economies.

    "As Congress looks to jump-start economic growth, rebuild infrastructure and reduce carbon emissions, they can count on biodiesel and renewable diesel to help achieve those goals. Biodiesel production is supporting economic opportunities and job creation in rural communities across the country. NBB members sincerely thank Senators Grassley and Cantwell and Representatives Axne and Kelly, along with the 27 original cosponsors.

    "The biodiesel tax credit continues to be extremely successful in expanding consumer access to clean, low-carbon fuels. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are on average 74 pct less carbon intensive than petroleum diesel and have cut more than 140 million tons of carbon emissions since 2010. Moreover, these cleaner, better fuels substantially cut emissions of particulate matter that impact cancer rates, asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as the associated healthcare costs"

    According to the NBB, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans. (Source: NBB, PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

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