"We are writing to express dismay at your recent decision to grant 31 waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Plainly stated, that decision is putting U.S.biodiesel producers out of business and worsening the year's outlook for soy farmers. And while you have expressed concern to save small petroleum refineries, you should also understand that small U.S. biodiesel producers need a positive signal.
"Within a week of your decision on the 31 waivers, one U.S. biodiesel producer announced plans to close three plants -- in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Mississippi. Other producers have announced closings and laid off workers. More than 200 million gallons of domestic biodiesel production has been idled this year, due to instability in federal policy. We anticipate that additional facilities will close over the next several months if you do not take quick action to restore RFS volumes for biodiesel and renewable diesel.
"Every small refinery waiver issued by the EPA has the potential to put a U.S.biodiesel producer out of business. A small oil refiner processing 75,000 barrels of oil per day can produce nearly 1 billion gallons of fuel in a year. The RFS program requires that oil refiner blend about 20 million gallons of biodiesel or renewable diesel during the year -- a very small fraction of overall fuel production. However, there are dozens of biodiesel producers who produce 20 million gallons of fuel or less each year; three-fifths of U.S. producers are small, non-integrated facilities.
Small refinery waivers destroy demand for all biofuels across the board, with a significant impact on domestic biodiesel and renewable diesel producers. According to University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin, the exemptions especially harm biodiesel and renewable diesel producers because of the way the RFS is constructed. The 1.4 billion gallons of renewable fuel eliminated from the 2018 RFS through the 31 waivers includes hundreds of millions of gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in the biomass-based diesel, advanced and overall volumes.
"The small refinery exemptions are compounding the policy headwinds our industry is facing. Biodiesel producers have waited more than 20 months for Congress to address expired tax incentives. Additionally, your U.S. Department of Commerce is proposing to virtually eliminate countervailing duties on unfairly subsidized Argentine biodiesel. Those duties were put in place to counteract years' worth of unfair trade practices by Argentina. Soy farmers have faced closed markets, depressed crop prices, and weather-related challenges. Those forces have reduced soy planting by 15 percent for the current marketing year. Biodiesel is a value-added market driver for America's soybeans, at a time when markets have been shut or diminished.
"The biodiesel industry continues to rely on the RFS to incentivize growth. Biodiesel and renewable diesel can be used in any existing diesel engine without special equipment for blending or dispensing. Producers therefore rely on a positive signal and support from federal programs to continue opening the transportation market to higher volumes.
"Biodiesel producers and soy farmers rely on the RFS program. Growth in the biodiesel market is the only way to keep domestic producers operating and protect U.S. workers' jobs. Unfortunately, EPA is proposing zero growth for biomass-based diesel. We have asked the agency to do two things: first, properly account for the small refinery exemptions handed out over the past few years and going forward; and second, provide growth in the biomass-based diesel market for 2020 and 2021.
"We ask that you continue to support the RFS and save small biodiesel producers. (signed) National Biodiesel Board (NBB)" (Source: NBB, 9 Sept., 2019) Contact: NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
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Punjab Renewable, is involved in the collection, processing, storage and supply of paddy straw, cotton stalk, soya husk, maize cob and mustard stalk biomass for use in to power plants, biofuel production and various other applications.
Punjab Renewable notes it can handle more than 1,000 tpd and plans to scale up to 10,000 tpd in the next few years.
(Source: VCCircle, Royal Dutch Shell, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Shell India, www.shell.in;
Punjab Renewable Energy Systems, +91 22 2757 0498, www.prespl.com
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In July, EPA announced biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volumes for 2021 will remain stagnant but again failed to account for the significant gallons lost because of SRE, which makes the proposed volume, in effect, a reduction for biofuels.
The waivers announced Friday evening combined with those issued for 2016 and 2017 RFS volumes brings the total number to more than 80 retroactive waivers, which significantly reduces biodiesel demand and results in billions of dollars in economic harm to the U.S. biodiesel industry, including soybean farmers.
Kentucky soybean grower and American Soybean Association (ASA) president Davie Stephens responded to the latest round saying "Of course ASA is unhappy. These exemptions undermine President Trump's pledge to support the RFS and undermine the Administration's efforts to support farmers who are already bearing the brunt of trade disruptions. EPA's decision is another blow to yet another market for soybean farmers." (Source: American Soybean Association, Daily American, Various Media, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: American Soybean Association, Dave Stephens, Pres., (314) 576-1770, www.soygrowers.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA, "Hardship" Waivers, American Soybean Association,
"Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) back in 2007, signed into law by George W. Bush -- a lifelong oil and gas guy. The law was passed to encourage investment in advanced biofuels like biodiesel, renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel. Biodiesel producers responded, making the investments and building an industry that today produces more than 2 billion gallons of transportation fuel each year. This market also provides added value to feedstocks such as soybean oil, used restaurant oil and animal fats.
"The oil industry feverishly insists that the ethanol industry isn't harmed by small refinery exemptions because production has grown. But what about biodiesel? They never mention us because they know that small refinery exemptions disproportionately affect biodiesel because of the way the RFS is constructed.
"We have said again and again -- biodiesel is very different from ethanol. The president (Trump) was instrumental in clearing the path for higher blends of ethanol year-round when he lifted the RVP waiver this summer, which we were supportive of. He and his EPA administrator have mentioned E15 when they have spoken about what they believe to be the minor impact of exempting RFS gallons. It's as though they think we are dumb enough to not understand that they are giving with one hand but taking away with the other.
"Now, back to biodiesel. E15 does nothing to expand demand for biodiesel. Ethanol is not biodiesel. In fact, the RFS recognized this by establishing its own category for biodiesel, separate from ethanol, called biomass-based diesel. Policymakers at the time recognized the need to segment biodiesel and renewable diesel within the bigger RFS pool so that growth in those products could be differentiated in the overall program and we would see advancements of biofuels in both the gasoline and diesel sector.
"Fast forward to 2019 and we now have an EPA that, two months ago, proposed a draft rule to hold the biomass-based diesel category flat for 2020, keeping it at 2.43 billion gallons for the second year in a row and then, just last week, the same EPA grants nearly one-half billion gallons of biomass-based diesel waivers. To highlight the hypocrisy in this action, while filing the draft rule two months ago, the EPA documented, in writing, the fact that they expected to grant zero (that's zero as in none, zilch, nada) gallons of small refinery waivers in 2020. And we're supposed to understand and accept that move?
"Biodiesel and renewable diesel year after year fill more than 90 percent of the RFS volumes reserved for advanced biofuels. But EPA complains that advanced biofuels have not materialized quickly enough to meet the goals of the RFS. Now -- as seen last week -- the agency is holding its thumb on the industry and blocking growth. Not only blocking growth, but helping to reduce demand through small refinery exemptions.
"As the agency continues to hand them out to every refiner that asks, the damage could reach $7.7 billion or 2.54 billion gallons, according to Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist from the University of Illinois. A 'small' oil refinery, by RFS definition -- one that processes 75,000 bpd of oil and produces nearly a billion gallons of fuel a year -- would have an RFS obligation to use just 20 million gallons of biodiesel or renewable diesel. Many U.S. biodiesel producers are smaller than that -- just one small refinery exemption would eliminate their entire market. And the EPA granted 31 of them.
"President Trump vowed to protect and defend American farmers. In fact, he calls them patriots. But his actions will put the biodiesel producers those same farmers depend on for their market, out of business. It's already happening, and it's having a devastating impact on rural communities across the nation.
"President Trump and EPA Administrator Wheeler should clearly know what this means to the workers, producers, farmers and investors in the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry -- their new round of unwarranted RFS exemptions just destroyed jobs and a valuable marketplace for hardworking Americans, including those patriotic soybean farmers who Trump has called on to be his willing allies in the trade dispute with China. If this is how the EPA administrator treats the president’s allies, I'd hate to see how he treats his enemies.
(Source: NBB, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
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The new 900 tpd plant, which will be operated by JBS Biodiesel, a JBS Novos Negocios division, will use locally sourced pork and poultry fat supplements with soybean as a a feedstock . (Source: JBS, PR, 31 July, 2019) Contact: JBS Biodiesel, www.jbs.com.br
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Under the deal crops and ethanol produced in MERCOSUR member countries -- Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay -- could be used to meet the EU's green transport fuel targets. The agreement also allows for a lower tariff rate on ethanol imports to be phased in over five years: a quota of 200,000 tonnes with an in-quota rate of one-third of the current high duty of up to €19/hectolitre will be opened for fuel and other uses beyond the chemical industry, according to a EC briefing. The agreement also reduces or eliminates duties that MERCOSUR currently imposes on exports of soybean products to the EU, the Commission said. This could make soy a more attractive feedstock for biodiesel producers in Europe.
Argentine soy diesel, imports of refined biodiesel tripled from 2017 to 2018, with palm oil and soy accounting for around 86 pct of all biodiesel imports.
(Source: EU EC, Transport & Environment, 11 July, 2019) Contact: MERCOSUR,
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The 2008 vintage, $50 million plant was acquired by Flint Hills for $5 million at a 2011 and began production in 2016 after Flint Hills spent roughly $100 million to retrofit the facility to use corn oil and grease.
In a 2016 news release, the company touted what was the first commercial-scale application of Benefuel Inc.'s ENSEL technology. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, DTN, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, Brad Razook, CEO, (316) 828-3477, www.fhr.com
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Deep Branch Biotechnology is to run the new pilot project within the DRAX power plant's Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Incubation Area. For the pilot project, scientists will gather waste CO2 from energy generation and feed it to microbes which will use it to make single-cell proteins that could replace soy and fish meal in fish and livestock feeds.
Deep Branch claims it can convert "up to 60-70 pct of CO2 into protein, helping to both minimize the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere during power generation and other industrial processes, whilst producing protein for animal feeds which will help reduce the impact of agricultural sectors on the environment as well."
The Deep Branch pilot, which is slated to get underway this autumn, aims to capture enough CO2 to produce 100kg of protein.
If successful, Deep Branch Biotechnology plans to build a larger production facility by 2020.
DRAX has been capturing CO2 since February through its Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot project, which uses technology developed by Leeds University spin-out company C-Capture. (Source: Deep Branch Biotechnology, DRAX, June, 2019) Contact: Deep Branch Biotechnology, Peter Rowe, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.deepbranchbio.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com; C-Capture, Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, Tel/Fax +44 0 113 245 0418, www.c-capture.co.uk
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The Soy Innovation Campus will include a specialty crushing facility conducive to educational purposes. (Source: University of Minnesota, Crookston Times, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Soy Innovation Campus University of Minnesota Crookston, www.mnsoybean.org,
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"America's farmers and rural communities are facing a mounting economic threat. With your leadership, Congress can help mitigate the crisis by taking immediate action on a policy that enjoys bipartisan, bicameral support. We are writing today to ask you to renew and extend the biodiesel tax incentive at the earliest opportunity.
"Income for America's farmers is falling, and the impact is beginning to be felt in other sectors of the rural economy. Biodiesel production adds value to oil seed crops and recycled oils, providing one bright spot for the agriculture sector. Congress can take rapid action to renew the biodiesel tax incentive -- a policy that enjoys broad bipartisan support -- to help U.S. biodiesel producers continue growing."
The letters group include the Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, CoBank, Corn Refiners Association, Farm Credit Council, National Biodiesel Board, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Oilseed Processors Association, National Renderers Association, National Sorghum Producers, and U.S. Canola Association.
A copy of the letter is available for download HERE. (Source: National Biodiesel Board , KTIC, 22 May, 2019) Contact: National Biodiesel Board,
Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, NBB,
Soybean oil is the most commonly used vegetable oil for biodiesel production, and inputs reached 7.1 billion pounds during the latest soybean oil marketing year which ran from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018.
Between marketing year 2010-2011 and marketing year 2017-2018, U.S. domestic biodiesel production grew from 700 million gpy to 1.8 billion gpy.
The production increase was largely driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandate.
(Source: US EIA, Xinhua, 8 May, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA, Soybean, Soybean Oil, BiodieselBiofuel,
According to a University of Minnesota Extension economic impact study, a soybean crush and biodiesel facility could potentially reignite Northwest Minnesota's agriculture economy where more than 1.5 million acres of soybeans were harvested in 2018. Soybean production throughout Northwest Minnesota has increased by more than 300 percent in the past 20 years; the 11 counties that would benefit from the SI Campus produced more than 62 million bushels of soybeans in 2018. (Source: Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, 19 April, 2019) Contact: MSGA, Joe Smentek, Exec. Dir., (507) 388-1635, https://mnsoybean.org
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Mumbai-based Punjab Renewable Energy Systems is an end-to-end biomass value chain management company involved in the collection, processing, storage and supply of paddy straw, cotton stalk, soya husk, maize cob and other biomass material for use in biomass-based power plants and process industries including biofuels.
(Source: Neev Fund, VCCiRCLE, Mar., 2019) Contact: Neev Fund, Manav Bansal, CIO, +91 22 4921 2800, email@example.com, https://sbicapventures.com/neev_fund; Punjab Renewable Energy Systems, +91 22 2757 0498, www.prespl.com
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CABBI is working with soy gum, which is converted into products like biodiesel by looking at the gene structure of the plant stem and extracting the oil and gases which can be used directly as biodiesel or further processed into different value-added products,” according to CABBI director Evan DeLuc1a.
(Source: Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, Illinois News Network, 2 Mar., 2019) Contact: CABBI, Evan DeLuc1a , (217)244-1586 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cabbi.bio
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Construction is expected to last 30 months for startup and full production in 2022. (Source: ECB Group, Biodiesel, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: ECB Group,
Erasmo Carlos Battistella, Pres., +55 54 3632 0800, www.ecbgroup.com.br
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Under the LoI, the two companies will undertake multiple joint venture projects to facilitate the development and scaling of Circular Systems' "Agraloop™" biomass processing technologies.
The "Agraloop-Restalk" joint venture's primary activity will be processing cannabis and other agricultural waste biomass starting with waste generated within the Americas, particularly Northern California. The Agraloop Bio-Refinery pilot mill will develop strategically geolocated infrastructure. Which includes mobile and regional processing equipment to provide value added bio-mass focusing on up-cycling female cannabis waste as well as other regional biomass feedstocks including: industrial hemp, soy straw, wheat straw, rice straw, almond shells/hulls, and wool.
The initial project is being coordinated with the assistance of the University of California, as well as Fibershed, a non profit organization focused on propelling sustainable and regenerative fiber production.
(Source: Restalk Inc., Feb., 2019 Contact: Restalk Inc., Lucas Hildebrand, Pres., email@example.com, www.restalk.org
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The EU imposed anti-dumping duties on Argentina, the world's top producer of soyoil, the main ingredient used to make biodiesel, in 2013, but lifted most suties in March 2018 after they were successfully challenged at the World Trade Organization and the European Court of Justice.
According to the EC, with the lifted duties the EU's annual biodiesel imports would equal approximately 10 pct of the trading bloc's biodiesel consumption per year from 2014 to 2017.
The price would be linked to the average monthly soybean price quotations published by Argentina's agriculture ministry, which reflect the inclusion of the export tax.
The duties and the minimum price scheme is now in effect. (Source: EC, Successful Farming, Reuters, 12 Feb., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Argentina Biodiesel, Biodiesel,
The UFOP criticises the Committee's approval of the Argentine Government's proposed "price undertaking" agreement, allowing Argentinean biodiesel producers to export around 1.2 million tpy of biodiesel duty-free to the EU an amount equal to 10 pct of the EU’s annual biodiesel consumption. This market access is coupled with compliance with a minimum import price, which is to be calculated on the basis of monthly average soy bean oil prices.
UFOP fears that as a result of the procedure for setting the minimum import price, the details of which are still unknown, market access will be ensured through a price level which will have an overall negative effect on the EU biodiesel price and consequently on oilseed producer prices. (Source: UFOP, Petrol Plaza, Feb., 2019) Contact: Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops, www.ufop.de
The new council's membership includes businesses of varying sizes from across the United States that produce, distribute, or sell products or packaging from renewable biomass inputs as well as organizations that made related public sustainability commitments.
Members include Tate & Lyle, Georgia-Pacific, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill, Ingredion, WestRock-Multi Packaging Solutions, Stone Straw, Loliware, Visolis Biotechnology, Newtrient, Future iQ, Emerald Brands, Hemp Road Trip, Hemp Industries Association, and Tree Free Hemp.
The PBPC advisory board includes GreenBlue, Californians Against Waste, International Conservation Caucus Foundation, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Professor Ramani Narayan, of Michigan State University's Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.
According to the council's website,
plant-based products are derived from sustainable biomass found on six continents. Feedstocks include agricultural residues, algae, bamboo, cassava, dent corn, palm leaf, rice husk, soybeans, sugar beet, sugarcane and wood. (Source: PBPC, Feb., 2019) Contact: PBPC, www.pbpc.com
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The U.S. soy industry has its own sustainability guideline, the Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol that the EU now acknowledges meets its rigorous RED requirements through July 1, 2021 or longer.
The U.S. is the EU's largest soybean for biodiesel supplier.
(Source: American Soybean Association, 29 Jan., 2019)
Contact: American Soybean Association,(314) 576-1770, www.soygrowers.com
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When fully operational, the plant is expected to generate $322.8 million in new economic activity, support 80 to 100 jobs and have an estimated payroll and benefits of more than $5 million.
Construction of the soybean crush and biodiesel facility would begin in 2021. (Source: Epitome Energy, PR, Grand Forks Herald, Jan., 2019) Contact: Epitome Energy, Dennis Egan, Owner, www.bizapedia.com/mn/epitome-energy-llc.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Epitome Energy, Soybean, Biodiesel,
According to the IRFA, Iowa's biodiesel production is expected to make up nearly 20 pct of total U.S. production for 2018. The IRFA Shaw also emphasized that the state could do even more if the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) level for biodiesel was set to at least mirror projected U.S. biodiesel consumption and not undermined by small-refinery exemptions.
Compared to 2017, there was a shift in feedstock usage across the state toward more soybean oil. Soybean oil increased its market share to nearly 81 pct while animal fat usage declined from 11 pct to nearly 5 pct. Corn oil continued to make up about 10 pct of feedstock while used cooking oil (UCO)increased to about 4 percent. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, KMA Land, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://iowarfa.org
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The petitioners contend that rather than follow the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which only allows land cultivated before 2007 to grow corn and soybeans for biofuels, the EPA, at Trump's instruction, has been adhering to a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which allows new land to be farmed as long as the total amount of U.S. farmland dedicated to biofuel feedstock production doesn't exceed 402 million acres.
The EPA estimates cropland in the U.S. has increased somewhere between 4 million and 7.8 million acres since 2007, but is uncertain how much of that is cultivated for biofuel feed stock production.
The petitioning conservation groups say recent mandates to increase the use of corn and soybeans in gasoline have led to more habitat destruction, water pollution, and greenhouse gases. (Source: wfiy, National Public Radio, Oct., 2018)
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The government, which sets the price of domestic biofuels, mandates diesel fuel mixes sold in Argentina contain 10 pct biodiesel. Argentina consumed 1.17 million tons of biodiesel in 2017, according to that state statistics agency, Indec.
Argentina is the world's largest exporter of soybean oil and soymeal for livestock feed, and the No. 3 exporter of raw soybeans. (Source: Argentinian Energy Secretary, Merco Press, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Juan Jose Aranguren, Argentinian Energy Secretary, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Jose_Aranguren
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"EPA's excessive use (of small refinery waivers) will undermine the goals that were set by Congress to create a more robust renewable fuels industry and greater energy independence. EPA's actions could result in an estimated 1.5 billion gallons of lost demand for renewable fuels," the AFBF said.
"EPA's proposed renewable fuels volume standards for 2019 would maintain the statutory requirement for conventional renewable fuel at 15 billion gallons, increase cellulosic fuels to 381 million gallons and bump up total advanced biofuels to 4.88 billion gallons. It would also increase the biomass-based diesel volume to 2.43 billion gallons for 2020.
"The AFBF touted the Renewable Fuel Standard's many successes, including the growth it spurred within the agriculture sector as corn and soybean farmers expanded their crop production to meet growing demand for corn- and soybean-based biofuels.
"Beyond the boost to the agricultural economy, the RFS2 is intended to spur investment in cleaner, domestic fuels; give consumers more choices at the pump; lower gas prices; and boost the country's energy security. But EPA has allowed dozens of oil refineries off the hook from their legal obligations to blend renewable fuels with gasoline and diesel fuel, which is jeopardizing this progress, according to Farm Bureau.
"Given the accomplishments of the RFS program to date, EPA's excessive and unreasonable use of the small refinery waiver dampens the prospects for reduced emissions and increased energy security," the organization cautioned.
"AFBF also addressed the RIN market as it relates to the current RFS2 program, noting that RINS are functioning properly and providing incentives for refiners to offer higher blends of ethanol in the market at prices that are increasingly competitive with conventional gasoline. A RIN is a serial number assigned to a batch of biofuel for the purpose of tracking its production, use and trading.
"In addition, the organization emphasized that the petroleum industry's unwillingness to offer higher blends of biofuels should not be taken as evidence that the RFS2 is unworkable.
Rather, it is evidence that they are unwilling to adapt to policies enunciated by Congress. But making space in the market for alternative fuels that contribute to energy independence, environmental improvement, and economic development is exactly the point of RFS2."
(Source: American Farm Bureau Federation, FBNews, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: American Farm Bureau Federation, Sarah Brown Dirkes,
Exec. Director, Industry Relations,
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Hardship Waiver, EPA,
The renewable diesel would meet both the federal Renewable Fuels Standard and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and would be marketed in California.
The proposal builds on a pilot project at the Dickinson Refinery, which has involved processing vegetable oil along with Bakken crude to produce a 5 pct renewable diesel blend.
The new project, which would process 12,000 bpd of locally sourced renewable feedstocks,
is expected to be complete in late 2020, subject to permitting approval. (Source: Andeavor, Bismark Tribune, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com
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The EPA report documents millions of acres of wildlife habitat lost to ethanol crop production, increased nutrient pollution in waterways and air emissions and side effects worse than the gasoline the ethanol is replacing. According to Johnathan Lewis, senior counsel for climate policy with the Clean Air Task Force, ethanol from corn in particular is linked to increased emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) which contributes to and increases ozone formation.
In March, the Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible (GREENER) Fuels Act to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was introduced to the US Senate and Congress.
The GREENER Fuels Act sets out a clear goal of moving U.S. mandates away from a heavy reliance on food-based -- corn -- biofuels that have been linked to food price spikes and large-scale environmental contamination in the United States and around the world. (Source: EPA,
Public News Service - NY, Aug., 2018) Contact: Clean Air Task Force, www.catf.us
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Cargill currently operates a soybean processing plant, a grain elevator and truck and rail bulk loadout operation at the site of the new 60 million gpy biodiesel plant which is expected to be operational early in 2019.
(Source: Wichita Eagle, AP, Bradenton Herald, 10 July, 2018)Contact: Cargill, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com
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SoyVen owns and operates the National Vegetable Oil Company soy crush facility in Borg Al-Arab, along with related commercial and functional activities, including a separate Switzerland-based entity supplying soybeans to the Egypt crush plant. The plant's crush capacity has been doubled to 6,000 metric tpd to meet increasing Egyptian demand for soybean meal and soy oil.
SoyVen will have offices and operations in Cairo and Borg Al-Arab in Egypt, as well as offices in Rolle, Switzerland. (Source: Cargill Website, 6 July, 2018)
Contact: Cargill, www.cargill.com;
ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, www.adm.com
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Gevan Behnke, research specialist and doctoral candidate in University of Illinois' Department of Crop Sciences, compared greenhouse gas emissions from fields that had been maintained as continuous single crop planting, rotated corn-soybean or rotated corn-soybean-wheat planting and no-till management, for 20 years.
Comparing the corn phase of a corn-soybean rotation to continuous corn showed an increased yield and a cumulative reduction in nitrous oxide emissions of approximately 35 pct.
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential almost 300 times higher than carbon dioxide.
Tillage did not impact greenhouse gas emissions.
(Source: University of Illinois, Farm & Field, 22 June, 2018)
Contact: University of Illinois - Urbana, University of Illinois' Department of Crop Sciences, Gevan Behnke, (217) 333-3420, https://cropsciences.illinois.edu
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Minnesota moved to using a 20 pct blend of biodiesel in May this year until Sept. 30 when the blend will go back to 5 pct during the winter months.
The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is the elected board of soybean producers from Minnesota who direct investments of the state's checkoff dollars in programs designed to increase profitability to Minnesota soybean farmers.
(Source: Kittson County Soybean Growers Association , Kittson County Enterprise, 6 June, 2018) Contact: Minn. Soybean Growers Assoc., https://mnsoybean.org; Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, https://mnsoybean.org/msrpc
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The report details the biodiesel industry by type -- Rapeseed Oil Based Feedstock, Soybean Oil Based Feedstock, Waste and Residues Based Feedstock -- and by application -- Industrial Fuels, Transportation Fuels, and Chemical Industry. Similarly, within the report, the Biodiesel market is analyzed for rate, value and gross. those three factors are analyzed for sorts, companies, and regions. In continuation of this statistics, sale rate is for numerous kinds, applications and area is likewise included.
The report also details biodiesel industry key companies including product details, potential, rate, value, gross consumption, and sales. Biodiesel market investors and vendors evaluation are given along with details on material and equipment providers.
The study, which examines how to grow dedicated bioenergy crops without converting land already under perennial cover, identifies areas within fields suitable for conversion from corn/soybean to switchgrass as indicated by publicly available agronomic, management and economic information.
Under the assumptions that land is fully owned by farmers, and switchgrass sells for $55 per short ton, the study showed that 4.3 pct of the corn/soybean area in Iowa could break even when converted to switchgrass yielding up to 4 tons per acre. In some counties, converting corn/soybean areas to switchgrass could add up to millions of dollars in total annualized producer benefits. With a future bioenergy crop market for switchgrass, the researchers conclude their approach could be used beyond Iowa and could be applied to other intensively farmed regions globally with similar data availability.
The study is available HERE. (Source: Iowa State University, High Plains AG Journal, May, 2018) Contact: Iowa State University, Alejandro Plastina, assistant Professor of Economics, www.econ.iastate.edu/people/alejandro-plastina
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Biomass-based diesel and cellulosic biofuels (advanced biofuels) can qualify for RINs for their advanced biofuel category, as well as conventional biofuels (which has a lower threshold of greenhouse gas emissions reductions). The interconnected nature of the program and how RINs can qualify for multiple categories is one reason that capping one type of RINs impacts other fuels. (Source: Kentucky Soybean Board , Dennis Clark, Marshall County Daily, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Kentucky Soybean Board, www.kysoy.org;
National Biodiesel Board, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
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It would also stop more land from being converted into biofuel sources and invest over $10 billion to restore lost fish and wildlife habitat over the next decade. Nationally, more than 7 million acres have been plowed to make way for biofuel feed stock crops such as corn and soy since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)standard came into force in 2007.
According to National Wildlife Federation Pres. Collin O'Mara, the legislation could correct a mistake Congress made 10 years ago. The bill would eliminate a loophole that allows older biofuel plants to bypass climate pollution standards, and would incentivize truly renewable biofuels, such as those derived from farm waste and plant cellulose.
"Rural America supported President Trump last year, now we need the President to support rural America. Supporting policy changes that undermine the RFS will hurt farmers, renewable fuel plant workers, and rural America. Mismanagement of a single refinery should not be used as an excuse for undoing ten-years of sound policy," said National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Kevin Skunes in a statement.
The NCGA, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Wheat Growers Association, National Sorghum Growers Association and National Farmers Union all signed the letter which was also sent to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.
The letter notes that while some refiners, including the one that filed bankruptcy, say Renewable Identification Number's (RINs) cause financial hardship, last year the EPA investigated the issue and found they were "not causing economic harm to refiners." (Source: NCGA, AGPRO, 26 Feb., 2018) Contact: NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com
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Measured in thousands of barrels per day (bpd), the winner is the USA at 940,000 bpd, followed by Brazil at 449,000; Germany 68,000; China 59,000; Argentina 52,000; France 50,000; Indonesia 38,000; Canada 36,000; Thailand 24,000, and Columbia at 17,000 bpd. (Source: US EIA, Jan, 2018)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
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The research report on the global biodiesel anticipates the market to witness robust growth. It is estimated to increase to 6.9 pct CAGR between the forecast period 2017 and 2026. The global biodiesel market by the end of 2026 is estimated to reach US$ 64,497.4 million revenue.
The global biodiesel market is divided into the application, feedstock type, and region. Based on the feedstock type, the market segment includes animal fats, yellow grease, canola oil, distillers corn oil, and soybean oil. Among these, soybean oil is expected to witness significant growth in the global biodiesel market during the forecast period 2017-2026.Based on the application, the market is segmented into power generation, agriculture, fuel, and others. Fuel is expected to witness the highest growth in terms of market volume in the global biodiesel market during the forecast period 2017-2026.
Geographically, Europe is expected to be the largest region in the global biodiesel market during the forecast period. Germany and France are the biggest producers of biodiesel in Europe. Europe also consumes more diesel and biodiesel than petrol. Meanwhile, the supply and demand for biodiesel are gradually increasing at the same level. The current energy taxation regime in Europe also supports biodiesel over ethanol.
Report preview and details HERE.
(Source: Transparency Market Research, PR, Dec, 2017) Contact: Transparency Market Research,
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The report examined the location and carbon stored in habitat lost to cropland between 2008 and 2012 and found that 115 million metric tons of global carbon was released into the atmosphere, or nearly 29 million mtpy -- equivalent to six coal-burning power plants.
Download the US Cropland Expansion Released 115 Million Tons of Carbon (2008 - 2012) report HERE. (Source: Univ. of Wisconsin, Freemont News Messenager, 17 Nov.2017)
University of Wisconsin Madison, Center for Sustainability and
the Global Environment, Holly Gibbs, (608) 265-0572, www.sage.wisc.edu
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According to the Sierra Club complaint, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is not submitting the required reports on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the Energy Independence and Security Act's Renewable Fuel Standard program and has failed to complete the required "anti-backsliding" study to determine whether vehicle and engine air pollutant emissions changes, resulting from the Program's renewable fuel volumes, adversely impact air quality". the complaint says.
The Sierra Club says it sent a letter to Pruitt on February 23, informing him that he wasn't performing his duty in regard to the RFS program.
The Sierra Club seeks a declaration that Pruitt and the EPA have violated federal law, and an order compelling them to file the overdue reports.
(Source: Sierra Club, 20 Oct., 2017) Contact: Sierra Club, Devorah Ancel, Oakland, California Office, www.sierraclub.org
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Grassley also spoke about his American Renewable Fuel and Job Creation Act of 2017 and continuing effort to re-instate the federal biodiesel tax credit, which lapsed at the end of 2016, and reform the incentive to focus it strictly on domestically produced biodiesel.
"A credit for domestic production will ensure we're incentivizing the domestic industry, rather than subsidizing imported biodiesel. We should not provide a U.S. taxpayer benefit to imported biofuels. A producer credit will do what Congress intended -- incentivize investment in U.S. biodiesel production," the Senator said.
(Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Globe NewsWire, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: REGI, Brad Albin, VP Manufacturing,
(703) 822-1972, email@example.com, www.rwegi.com; Senator Chuck Grassley, 202) 224-3744, www.grassley.senate.gov/contact
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According to AGP VP of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs Matt Caswell, the EPA is trying to justify their proposal by the mistaken belief the U.S. biodiesel industry lacks the production capacity to provide 2.1 billion gpy of biodiesel to the market.
AGP is a major U.S. soybean processor and is owned by 148 local and regional cooperatives representing over 250,000 farmer producers across the United States. (Source: Ag Processing Incorporated, WNAX Radio, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ag Processing Incorporated,Matt Caswell, VP Corporate Affairs, Craig Pietig, (402)-492-3322, www.agp.com
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"Gutting biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard would bring an Iowa manufacturing success story to its knees, deal a blow to an already struggling farm economy, and shake the state economy. This is a major issue for the Midwest and U.S. agriculture, and we implore President Trump to stop his EPA administrator (Scott Pruitt) from forsaking this driver of American jobs, all in an apparent move to appease the oil industry.
"The market is already reacting to this impending blow. Commodity prices crashed on the news of EPA's indicated plans to cut biodiesel. We were already in the midst of a downturn in the ag economy, with many farmers in the red for the fourth year in a row. We have excess feedstock capacity due to a surplus of corn and soybeans on the market, which has lowered commodity prices. Gutting the RFS would exacerbate farmer struggles and could push us deeper into an agriculture recession. It could also cost thousands of Iowans their jobs as plants are forced to make cutbacks and even shutter their doors. We do not believe this is what President Trump wants for rural communities.
"Here in Iowa, many of us feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football as Lucy pulls it away. We have stood on the edge of expansion. Many of our plants have already spent millions of dollars on expansion, based on the promise of a growing RFS, and others have had further growth planned. This would mean more jobs, more dollars circulating through Iowa's communities, and more American manufacturing. We have the capacity to achieve this, but it is at a standstill."
(Source: Iowa Biodiesel Board, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Iowa Biodiesel Board, Grant Kimberley, Director, (866) 683-4172, www.iowabiodiesel.org
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Building on prior synthetic biology and diatom research, methodologies will be developed and optimized for introducing and transplanting new biological functions into diatoms, which are a globally abundant class of algae. Initial modeling exercises will guide targeted genetic manipulations, associated systems biology experiments, and result in iterative network and genome-scale cellular modeling.
Based on the photosynthetic efficiency and growth potential of microalgae, it is estimated that annual oil production of greater than 30,000 liters, or about 200 barrels of microalgal oil per hectare of land may be achievable in mass culture of oil-rich algae. This is 100-fold greater than that of soybeans, a major feedstock currently used for biodiesel.
(Source: J. Craig Venter Institute, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: J. Craig Venter Institute, Andrew Allen, Ph.D. , (858) 200-1800, www.JCVI.org
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The University's Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS) project, funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), developed sugarcane that produces oil (lipidcane) that can be converted into biodiesel or jet fuel in place of sugar that is currently used for ethanol production.
The research project analyzed the economic viability of crops with different levels of oil. Lipidcane with 5 pct oil produces four times more jet fuel -- 416 gallons -- per hectare than soybeans. Sugarcane with 20 pct oil produces 1,666 gallons per hectare more than soybeans.
"We estimate that this biofuel would cost the airline industry $5.31/gallon, which is less than most of the reported prices of renewable jet fuel produced from other oil crops or algae," according to Deepak Kumar, a postdoctoral researcher at Illinois, who led the analysis.
This crop also produces a hydrocarbon fuel along with bio-jet fuel or biodiesel that can be used to produce various bioproducts. The remaining sugar could be sold or used to produce ethanol and biorefineries could use lipidcane bagasse to produce steam and electricity.
(Source: Univ. of Illinois, Eureka Alert, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology;
PETROSS, Stephen Long, (217) 244-2999, wwww.igb.illinois.edu
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According to the ASA, "The EPA and the administration are missing an easy opportunity to help the agriculture and rural economy. …An increase of biomass-based diesel volume requirements to 2.5 billion gallons in 2019 and the advanced biofuels volumes to 4.75 billion gallons in 2018 is achievable and warranted.
"Since 1980 U.S. soybean farmers have increased production by 96 pct while using 8 pct less energy, land use per ton of soybean production has decreased by 35 pct and greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 41 pct per ton," the ASA added.
According to ASA modeling, additional soybean supplies will support the increased biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volume levels while feedstock prices will be less than their five-year average.
(Source: American Soybean Association , Sept., 2017)
Contact: American Soybean Association, Ron Moore, Pres., (314) 576-1770, www.soygrowers.com
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AGP is the largest farmer-owned cooperative represents over 250,000 soybean farmers from 16 states and Canadian provinces. AGP operates nine soybean processing plants including six plants in Iowa, located at Eagle Grove, Emmetsburg, Manning, Mason City, Sergeant Bluff, and Sheldon. Other AGP processing plants are in Dawson, Minnesota, St. Joseph, Missouri, and Hastings, Nebraska. AEP operates three biodiesel production facilities with installed capacity totaling 150 MMgy. (Source: AG Processing, Biodiesel Mag, 25 Aug., 2017) Contact: AG Processing, (800) 798-4282, www.agp.com
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