"Although CPO prices have also fallen, the price spread of CPO to gas oil to date is $140 US on average, which indicates the government must step in and offer a subsidy to make CPO blending into biodiesel an attractive option.
The low CPO benchmark is expected to drag palm futures in the first half of 2020 as lower exports and continued restriction of refined palm oil products by India weigh on the commodity.
(Source: Palm Oil Analytics, Malaysian Reserve, 10 Mar., 2020)
Contact: Palm Oil Analytics, www.palmoilanalytics.com
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Viva, which operates biodiesel blending facilities in Qweensland, Victoria and New South Wales,
has recently invested over $20 million, (AUS) in biofuels projects and established various supply agreements with local biofuels producers and the construction of a new biofuels blending facility in Queensland.
(Source: Viva Energy Australia, PetrolPlaza, 8 Mar.,2020)
Contact: Viva Energy Australia,
Bioenergy Australia, Shahana McKenzie, CEO, www.bioenergyaustralia.org.au
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These actions have the potential to increase USDA's annual consumption of E15 by up to 9 million gallons, E85 by 10 million gallons, and biodiesel and renewable diesel blends by up to 3 million gallons.
The agency also announced it will offer $100 million in grant funding this year for the newly created Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to help transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities install, retrofit, and/or upgrade fuel storage, dispenser pumps, related equipment and infrastructure to be able to sell ethanol and biodiesel.
Download HBIIP program details HERE.
Download the USDA order HERE. (Source: USDA, 28 Feb., 2020) Contact: USDA, Sonny Perdue, Sec.,www.usda.gov
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Under the bill, diesel fuel must have a 5 pct blend with biodiesel starting next year, but only between June 1 and Sept. 15. The blend rate would increase to 10 pct in June, 2023. (Source: Colorado State Senate, PR, Daily Sentinel, 4 Feb., 2020)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Blend, B5, B10,
Under the plan, Manitoba will increase the ethanol content requirement of gasoline to 10 pct from 8.5 pct, and the biodiesel content of diesel to 5 pct from 2 pct. (Source: Office of Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, Government of Manitoba, 28 January , 2020) Contact: Office of Premier Brian Pallister,
Fax - 204-949-1484, email@example.com
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Under its contract, Broco will deliver an estimated 90,000 gpy of B-20 heating oil that will reduce the City's CO2 equivalent (CO2e) building emissions by 322,560 ppy -- equivalent GHG emissions of 357,728 passenger vehicle miles according to the U.S. EPA. (Source: Broco Oil, PR, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: Broc Oil, www.brocoil.com: Renewable Energy Group, Marc MacLean, 603-812-1248, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.regi.com
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The company is also noted it is considering increasing its biofuels output by 50 pct as it eyes what will be a new market in the shipping sector.
SK Chemicals can produce 500,000 kilolitres per year of biodiesel and biofuel oil, primarily from palm fatty acid distillate. (Source: SK Chemicals, Nasdaq, Reuters, 12 Dec., 2019) Contact: SK Chemicals, 02-2008-2008, 02-2008-2009 - fax., www.skchemicals.com
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Initially, 670,000 kiloliters of B30 fuel will be produced and distributed
(Source: Pertamina, Tempo.co, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Pertamina, Fajriyah Usman, VP Communications, 1-500-000
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The higher blend of palm oil- biodiesel blend is intended to address the problem of high energy imports and slowing global demand for palm by increasing domestic consumption of the vegetable oil.
(Source: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Hellenic Shipping News, 14 Aug., 2019) Contact: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, www.esdm.go.id/en
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Biodiesel is key to the state meeting its Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The California Air Resources Board claims that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gases by at least 50 pct, and up to as much as 81 pct , compared to petroleum.
The California State Water Resources Board ruled that a 20 pct blend of biodiesel (meeting the ASTM standard for B20, D7467) "shall be recognized as equivalent to diesel for the purpose of complying with existing approval requirements for double-walled USTs, unless any material or component of the UST system has been determined to not be compatible with B20."
The regulation comes into force from 1 October 2019.
(Source: California State Water Board, California Advanced Biofuels Alliance,
Biofuels Int'l, 7 Aug., 2019)
Contact: California State Water Board, www.waterboards.ca.gov; NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org;
California Advanced Biofuels Alliance,
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Indonesia is the world's leading palm oil exporter and consumer at an estimated 2.89 million kl of un-blended biodiesel in H1 2019. (Source: Indonesian Energy Ministry, Successful Farming, Reuters, 15 July, 2019)
Contact: Indonesian Energy Ministry, www.esdm.go.id/en
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The increase is seen as an effort by the world's top palm oil exporter to increase the domestic demand for palm oil.
It is hoped the move will increase consumption of bio-content made from palm oil from an estimated 6.2 KL in 2019 to as much as 9 million kilolitres (KL) per year. (Source: Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Reuters, June, 2019)
Contact: Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, www.esdm.go.id/en
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For gasoline and diesel oil, rates will remain the same at 23 cents per gallon, while ethanol, methanol and liquefied petroleum gas will be pegged at 11.5 cents per gallon.
The county is expected to net less than $45,000 per year from the biodiesel blends fuel tax. (Source: Maui County Council, Maui News, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Maui County Council, www.mauicounty.gov/66/Council
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In the face of EU palm oil environmental concerns, Indonesia has been working to make its palm oil-based fuel more environmentally-friendly after the EU and other countries called for a "cleaner" Indonesian biodiesel.
Indonesia's B20 biofuel-biodiesel blend rate is expected to be raised to B30. According to Agra-Net, Indonesia exported 52,356 tonnes of palm oil biodiesel in February, 2019
Domestic markets have also shown increased consumption of biofuel during the first quarter of 2019. Reuters notes Indonesians consumed 1.5 million kl in Q1, this year.
Business Times, 3 May, 2019) Contact: APROBI, +62 2129380882, email@example.com, www.aprobi.or.id
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Malaysia's palm oil inventory dropped 6.7 pct to 3 million tons in January from a month earlier and palm oil exports surged 21.2 pct to 1.68 million tons in January, 2019.
Malaysia's neighbor Indonesia introduced B20 -- a blend of 20 pct palm oil and 80 pct fossil fuel -- to its transport sector in 2016.
(Source: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, Nikkei, 12 Feb., 2019)Contact: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, www.mpoc.org.my
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The increase from 10 pct to 20 pct is intended to reduce high domestic stockpiles and boost sustainable energy sources.
Source: Primary Industries Ministry, Malay Mail, Jan., 2019)
Contact: Primary Industries Ministry, Teresa Kok, Minister, www.revolvy.com/page/Ministry-of-Primary-Industries-%28Malaysia%29
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The work included a pre-treatment unit to process low-cost and low-waste feed stock into oil, the expansion of a boiler, and an environmental systems to enable the production of 50 million gpy of biodiesel and bio-oil while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pre-treatment and glycerin refining units. At full capacity, the plant is expected to be able to refine approximately 5 million gpy of glycerin.
The Indian Government is seeking to increase domestic biodiesel consumption from the present 1 pct biodiesel blend to 5 pct of the total petroleum diesel consumption. To that end,
the government reduced the Goods & Services Tax (GST) on biodiesel from 18 pct to 12 pct to support the industry. (Source: Aemetis, PR, Chemicals Technology, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
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The new RIN Management Service marks the second offering from the Alternative Fuels Council this year. The Alternative Fuels Council previously unveiled a Biodiesel Fuel Quality Plan designed to help those who blend, market, and distribute biodiesel blends ensure the final product meets a minimum standard of quality. A step-by-step guide to the blending process directs users through fuel quality management, including sampling procedures, protocols and proposed schedules, to help ensure that alternative fuel meets the required ASTM fuel quality standards. The Alternative Fuels Council also helps facilitate fuel testing and analysis for marketers at a substantially discounted price.
The Alternative Fuels Council is a NATSO, Inc. subsidiary created to help NATSO members and the entire retail fuels industry understand alternative fuels markets, including available government incentives, to effectively incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings. (Source: NATSO, PR, Oct., 2018)
Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman,
email@example.com, www.natso.com; Alternative Fuels Council, Jeff Hove, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.NATSOAltFuels.com
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"On behalf of a diverse community of biodiesel producers, feedstock providers, blenders, fuel marketers and consumers, we are pleased to announce that we have united around a single position -- to maintain and extend the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level.
"The blenders credit has worked successfully to build a robust biodiesel and renewable diesel industry -- 100 million gallons in 2005 to nearly 2.6 billion gallons in 2017. The tax credit is an important demand stimulus, which improves plant efficiencies, encourages investment in U.S. distribution infrastructure and supports high-paying jobs throughout the country, while providing fuels that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On top of this, it has afforded customers such as the trucking industry and heating oil users fuels that are more economic and environmentally competitive.
"Extending the biodiesel blenders credit will allow us to continue to provide the economic and environmental benefits associated with the program.
"Unfortunately, the uncertainty caused by the "on-again, off-again" tempo of legislative extensions, including the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which retroactively extended the biodiesel tax incentives through the end of 2017, has somewhat frustrated our sector's ability to anticipate the availability of the incentives and make the necessary investments. This severely disrupts access to capital, as well as the ability to hire and expand. Given that Congress has frequently extended the credit retroactively, market participants have come to reasonably rely on the credit being retroactively extended when undertaking business and investment decisions. Accordingly, the undersigned trade associations and companies urge Congress to restore the tax credit as soon as possible.
"To provide certainty in planning, we believe Congress should extend the full $1.00 per gallon tax credit for 2018 and 2019. Beyond that, we are seeking long-term certainty, including a permanent tax incentive at a level that will continue to foster growth in the domestic biodiesel market.
"Since the credit's inception, the market responded as Congress intended. We urge Congress to extend this successful program."
In addition to NBB, the letter was signed by the Advanced Biofuels Association, the American Trucking Associations, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Renderers Association, NATSO, Representing America's Travel Centers and Truckstops, New England Fuels Institute, Petroleum Marketers Association of America, and Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America.
(Source: National Biodiesel Board, 25 June, , 2018)
Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
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Indonesia is the world's largest producer of palm oil, the raw ingredient for fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) which can be used to make biodiesel. The B-25 program is expected to increase Indonesia's FAME consumption to between 5.5 million and 6 million kilolitres (kl) in 2019 -- more than double the last year's consumption of FAME.
The B25 mandate would require the additional production of 750,000 kl of FAME annually.
The move is intended to support palm oil production.
(Source: Indonesia New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation, Reuters, 24 May, 2018) Contact: New and Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation Indonesia, Rida Mulyana,Director General, http://indonesien.ahk.de/fileadmin/ahk_indonesien/Business_Delegations/Energy_Efficiency/Government_s_Policy_on_Energy_Efficiency_and_Renewable_Energy_in_Buildings.pdf; Indonesian Palm Oil Association , https://gapki.id
More Low-Carbon Energy News FAME, Palm Oil, Biodiesel,
Sinopec, which has made a big push to promote biofuel after China make it mandatory to blend ethanol into gasoline, aims to supply biodiesel in more than 200 petrol stations by the end of this year, the paper reported. Sinopec currently sells biodiesel at 33 petrol stations. (Source: Sinopec, Eastday, Reuters, 15 May, 2018)
Contact: Sinopec, english.sinopec.com
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The cleaner burning biodesel is expected to displace an estimated 130 million gallons of petroleum diesel and eliminate 132 tpy of particulate pollution and prevent over 960,000 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions.
(Source: KARP/FM, 1 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Biodiesel Blend,
Kirkland, Quebec-headquartered Targray, one of the largest biofuels marketers and distributors in California, is now the second company in the state to offer a CARB-certified NOx mitigation solution for biodiesel blenders. Beginning in March, Targray will offer its CATANOX additive as part of a fully blended, B20- ready turnkey solution at five fuel terminal locations in Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield and Los Angeles. (Source: Targay, PR, 28 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Targray, (514) 695-8095, www.targray.com; California Air Resources Board, ww2.arb.ca.gov
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In 2017, the allocated subsidies, which cover the price gap between the biodiesel price and the gasoil price, amounted to IDR 9.6 trillion ($712.3 million), down slightly from IDR 10.6 trillion in 2016.
(Source: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, S&P Global, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry,
Rida Mulyana, Director General of Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy, www.esdm.go.id/en
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The letter said the "biodiesel blenders' tax credit has worked successfully to build a robust biodiesel and renewable diesel industry that produced twice the volumes mandated under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Supporters of the blenders' tax credit are concerned that changing the tax credit to a producer only benefit will limit supply and lead to increase the cost of diesel fuel and heating oil."
The biodiesel blenders' tax credit expired at the end of 2016. Previously, Congress has extended the credit year-by-year as part of a "tax extenders" package, and in some years applied it retroactively, as was the case for 2016. While unlikely that this or any other tax extenders will be included in the House tax package to be released this week, the Senate may consider including the biodiesel tax credit in its tax package. However, some senators representing U.S. biodiesel producers are working to change the tax credit from a blenders' credit to a producers' credit. (Source: NACS, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, (703) 549-2100, ; NACS, www.nacsonline.com; Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams, Pres., www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com
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Although the increase is being applauded by soybean farmers, but diesel producers and the trucking industry are expected to push back against the increase. Production companies have told state officials they don’t have the necessary infrastructure to move to a 20 percent blend, but a review completed by the Department of Commerce found economic and infrastructure conditions were right for the increase.
The new B20 blend will be sold from May to October, when gas stations will go back to a 5 percent blend due to the cold weather. (Source: Minnesota Agriculture Commission, Mankato Free Press, 4 Aug., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, Commissioner Dave Frederickson, (651) 201-6000, www.mda.state.mn.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Biodiesel Blends,
PCJ is making the effort to develop local alternative energy sources to rely less on imports and help advance the Jamaican economy and agricultural sector with satellite farms even as small as an acre being able to grow caster plants.
As previously reported,
small-scale trials and improvements to the new blend are ongoing in cooperation with the Jamaica's University of Technology.
(Source: Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica, Various Media, 4 August., 2017) Contact: Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica, Winston Watson, Gen, Mgr., (876) 929-5380, www.pcj.com
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"We applaud Representatives Black and Kind for introducing a measure that will enable consumers to have access to cleaner-burning fuel at the lowest possible cost.
"The five-year phaseout contained in this legislation -- which mirrors policy that has been enacted for other alternative energy sources such as wind and solar -- is designed to provide much-needed policy certainty to the market. The phaseout is also compatible with congressional efforts to reform and simplify the tax code.
"By keeping the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level, it will impose downward pressure on the retail price of fuel in all markets in the United States." (Source: NATSO, July 18, 2017) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, (703) 739-8578, www.natso.com
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The Illinois House and Senate over rode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the tax package, which extends through 2023 the full excise tax exemption for B11 and higher biodiesel blends.
(Source: REGI, Globe Newswire, 7 July, 2017) Contact: REGI, Gary Haer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, + (703) 822-1972, email@example.com, www.regi.com
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The incorporation of the PCJ's B5 blend is expected to displace about 97,000 bpy for a savings of approximately J$540 million.
The project is also expected to boost the demand for locally grown castor beans.(Source: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Jamaica Observer, 21 June, 2017) Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Winston Watson, GM, (876) 929-5380, www.pcj.com; Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, www.cardi.org; Jamaica Ministry of Agriculture, www.moa.gov.jm
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Columbia's present ethanol blending mandates stand at 8 pct (E8) in the central Antioquia department and 6 pct (E6) for the rest of the country, although three eastern departments that border Venezuela are excluded from mandates. Despite the 8 pct requirement, the country is currently unable to produce enough to meet the mandate.
Columbian biodiesel mandates range from 0 pct to 10 pct across the country. The USDA foercasts that biodiesel production will rise to 700 million lpy in 2017, up from 580 million litres in 2016. (Source: Fedebiocombustibles, REM, 25 May, 2017)Contact: Fedebiocombustibles, +57 1) 342 1552,
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February 2017 totals included 37 million gallons sold as B-100 and an additional 46 million gallons of B-100 sold in biodiesel blends with petroleum diesel fuel. There were a total of 736 million pounds of feedstocks used to produce biodiesel in February 2017. Soybean oil remained the largest biodiesel feedstock during February 2017 with 369 million pounds consumed.
The Monthly Biodiesel Production Report provides data on operations of the U.S. biodiesel industry as part of EIA's response to section 1508 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The new biodiesel blending facility was funded in part by the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and the soybean checkoff. (Source: South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, PR, Biodiesel, Various Media, 8 May, 2017) Contact: South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, (605) 330-9942, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sdsoybean.org
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In letters to members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, NATSO urged lawmakers to refrain from changing the existing biodiesel tax credit structure, arguing that the biodiesel tax credit is helping to displace traditional petroleum-based fuel with a cleaner-burning substitute.
Recently, there has been a coordinated effort by a group of lawmakers representing states where biodiesel is produced and where its feedstock is grown to convert the biodiesel blenders' tax credit to a producer's credit which would
drive up biodiesel prices and ultimately impede U.S. efforts to advance the utilization of cleaner-burning fuels, according to NATSO.
(Source: NATSO, NGT, 9 May, 2017) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, (703) 549-2100, www.natso.com
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The plant upgrade is expected to increase the plant's capacity from 12 million to 30 million gpy. This would match the capacity at the company's other Iowa biorefineries in Mason City and Newton. It would also qualify for the existing 2 cents per gallon biodiesel production tax credit for seven years beginning January 1, 2018. In that year, the new law also adjusts the current retail incentive for fuel containing a minimum 5 percent biodiesel blend (B5) to 3.5 cents per gallon and creates a new 5.5 cents per gallon incentive for blends of B11 or more.
REGI owns 14 active biorefineries in the United States and Europe with a combined annual nameplate capacity of 502 million gallons. (Source: REGI, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres. and CEO, Anthony Hulen, Corp. Affairs, (703) 822-1972, email@example.com, www.regi.com
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