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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,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


ADM, Marathon Soybean Oil RD Project Underway (Ind. Report)
ADM, Marathon Petroleum,Cargill
Date: 2021-08-25
Further to our 28 May coverage, Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) reports demolition is underway on a portion of the former Cargill Malting Plant in Spiritwood, North Dakota. The repurposed site will host a new ADM, 150,000 bushel per day soybean processing / crushing plant operated as a joint venture to produce renewable diesel (RD) fuel. Construction is slated to get underway later this year, according to ADM.

ADM will own 75 pct of the planned $350 million plant while Marathon will hold 25 pct. The Spiritwood plant will process locally-sourced soybeans into about 600 million ppy of refined soybean oil to be processed into roughly 75 million gpy of renewable diesel(RD) at Marathon's Dickinson, North Dakota refinery, according to the ADM release. (Source: ADM, PR, Website, Grand Falls Herald, 22 Aug., 2021)Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com; ADM, www.adm.com; Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland ,  Marathon Petroleum,  Cargill,  Renewable Diesel,  Soybean Oil,  


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,  


ADM, Marathon JV Supports Soybean Oil Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
ADM, Marathon Petroleum
Date: 2021-08-20
Findly, Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) are reporting an agreement to form a joint venture for the production of soybean oil to supply rapidly growing demand for renewable diesel (RD) fuel..

Under the terms of the agreement, the joint venture will own and operate ADM's previously reported soybean processing facility in Spiritwood, North Dakota, with ADM owning 75 pct of the joint venture and MPC holding the balance. When complete in 2023, the Spiritwood facility will source and process local soybeans and supply the resulting soybean oil exclusively to MPC.

The Spiritwood complex is expected to produce approximately 600 million ppy of refined soybean oil -- sufficient feedstock for approximately 75 million gpy of renewable diesel.

In addition to the Spiritwood joint venture, the companies anticipate working together to explore other opportunities for agriculture to support renewable transportation fuels, according to the release. (Source: ADM, Website PR, 19 Aug., 2021) Contact: Marathon, www.marathonpetroleum.com; ADM, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  ADM,  Marathon Petroleum,  Soybean Oil,  Renewable Diesel,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Cities,  Clean Air Biodiesel,  Clean Cities,  Biodiesel,  Clean Fuels Ohio,  


Ohio State Study Touts Pennycress as Biofuel Crop (R&D)
Ohio State University, Pennycress
Date: 2021-08-04
A study from researchers at Ohio State University touts pennycress as a biofuel crop. Growing pennycress -- aka stinkweed -- as a crop requires less fertilizer, fewer pesticides and less soil tilling than other biofuel crops, reducing the associated environmental costs: CO2 emissions, fertilizer and pesticide use, water consumption and the energy required to harvest and transport pennycress seeds to a biorefinery and process them into usable fuel, according to the study.

The study researchers found it took about half as much energy to produce jet fuel from pennycress as it did to produce jet fuel from canola or sunflowers, two other potential bio-jet fuel crops. Pennycress oil production used about a third as much energy as soybean oil production and the energy needed for turning pennycress into jet fuel was about the same as that used to produce fuel from the flowering plant camelina, another biofuel crop. (Source: Ohio State Univ. News, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ohio State University - Wooster, Ajay Shah, Associate Professor of Food, Ggricultural and Biological Engineering, 330-263-3858, shah.971@osu.edu, www.bsal.osu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennycress,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  


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,  


US PBF Considering $550Mn Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
PBF Energy
Date: 2021-06-25
Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey-headquartered PBF Energy reports it is considering a $550 million project that would retrofit an idled hydrocracker to produce renewable diesel at its 189,000 bpd Chalmette refinery near New Orleans, Louisiana. The project would allow Chalmette to produce feedstocks for the retrofitted unit from soybean oil, corn oil and other vegetable oils and animal fats.

PBF is an independent petroleum refiner and supplier of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oils, lubricants, petrochemical feedstocks, and other petroleum products. PBF final investment decision on the project is subject to tax incentives which are expected to be announced later in the summer. (Source: PBF Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: PBF Energy, Steven Krynski, Chalmette Refinery Manager, 973.455.7500 , www.pbfenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  PBF Energy,  


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

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


ADM Building New North Dakota Soy Crushing Facility (Ind. Report)
Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2021-05-28
Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is reporting plans to build North Dakota's first dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery in Spiritwood, a major soybean producing area, to meet fast-growing demand from biofuel and renewable diesel customers and others. The $350 million crush and refining complex will process 150,000 bushels per day of soybeans.

ADM also plans to invest approximately $25 million to expand refining and storage capacity at its crush and refining facility in Quincy, Illinois. This project will fully align the location's refining capabilities with its crush capacity and allow for greater flexibility in meeting the needs of ADM's food, biofuel and industrial customers. The expanded capacity is expected to be online by Q1 2022, according to the release. (Source: ADM, PR, May, 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland news,  Ethanol news,  


ADM Building New North Dakota Soy Crushing Facility (Ind. Report)
ADM
Date: 2021-05-10
Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is reporting plans to build North Dakota] first dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery in Spiritwood, North Dakota, to meet fast-growing demand from biofuel and renewable diesel customers and others.

The $350 million crush and refining complex will feature state-of-the-art automation technology and process 150,000 bushels per day of soybeans.

Strategically located in a major soybean producing area, ADM's global logistics network will enable the facility to access both domestic and global markets for soybean oil and meal.

ADM also plans to invest approximately $25 million to expand refining and storage capacity at its crush and refining facility in Quincy, Illinois. This project will fully align the location's refining capabilities with its crush capacity and allow for greater flexibility in meeting the needs of ADM's food, biofuel and industrial customers. The expanded capacity is expected to be online by Q1 2022, according to the release. (Source: ADM, PR, 10 May, 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  ADM,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Soybean,  


Marathon Martinez Refinery Set to Produce RD in H2 2022 (Ind. Report)
Marathon Petroleum
Date: 2021-05-07
Houston-headquartered Marathon Petroleum reports its converted Martinez, California, refinery it is on track to begin producing 17,000 bbl/day of renewable diesel (RD) from bio-based feedstocks such as animal fat, soybean oil and corn oil by the second half of 2022 rising to 48,000 bbl/day once the project is completed in the second half of 2023.

As previously reported, the facility is expected to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon, PR, May, 2021)Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon,  Renewable Diesel,  


CVR's Wynnewood Refinery RD Production Delayed (Ind. Report)
CVR Energy
Date: 2021-05-07
Sugarland, Texas-headquartered CVR Energy reports its Wynnewood, Oklahoma, refinery is not expected to begin producing renewable diesel (RD) from soybean oil and similar feedstocks until late Q3 this year due to severe weather in February and equipment delivery delays. The project is expected to come in at $135 million to $140 million, up from earlier estimates of $110 million The unit was expected to start processing renewable diesel this July.

CVR is also exploring renewable diesel production at its 132,000 barrel-per-day Coffeyville, Oklahoma, refinery and the possibility of using biomass as a feedstock for its renewable projects. (Source: CVR, PR, Website, Reuters, 3 May, 2021)Contact: CVR Energy Inc., David Lamp., CEO, (281) 207-3200, www.cvrenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CVR Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  


RINs Hit Highs as High Court Deliberates RFS Waivers (Ind. Report)
RFS, Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2021-04-28
Reuters is reporting U.S. renewable fuel standard credits (RINs) jumped Tuesday to record highs as costs for soybean oil pushed up both renewable fuel and biomass-based credits.

Renewable fuel (D6) credits for 2021 traded up from $1.44 to $1.50 each and biomass-based (D4) credits traded at $1.58 each, up from $1.52 previously -- highest since Reuters began reporting data for renewable fuel credits in 2013 and biomass-based credits in 2014.

The credits, known as RINs, rose at the same time that the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday was hearing oral arguments for a case involving the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires refiners to blend biofuels into their fuel mix each year or buy RINs from those that do. The Supreme Court's decision around the case will likely heavily influence the future of the RFS.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 27 Apr., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  


Bolivia Planning Soybean Biodiesel Production (Int'l. Report)
Bolivia
Date: 2021-04-16
In La Paz, the Government of Bolivia is reporting plans to construct a 300 million lpy biodiesel production facility that will open a new market for the country's soybean producers and reduce diesel and gasoline imports which stood at 2 billion lpy at a cost of $1.4 billion in 2019.

The planned $270 million biodiesel plant is slated for Santa Cruz and is expected to be fully operational by 2024. An international competition for the construction of the plant will be announced in the second half of 2021.

The government plans to establish a 5 pct blend mandate for biodiesel which could require up to 505,000 MT of soybeans, or roughly 95,000 MT of soy crude oil, which would produce 105 million liters of biodiesel. Bolivian soybean growers produce roughly 3 million metric tpy. (Source: USDA, Global Agricultural Information Network, 15 Mar., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Soybean,  


Novozymes Notable Quote on Climate Change
Novozymes
Date: 2021-04-16
"As the world's largest industrial biotechnology company, with bio-innovation operations from Copenhagen in Denmark to Milwaukee in the U.S., Novozymes is proud to support the call for at least halving emissions by 2030.

"We can harness the renewable potential of millions of acres of cropland, sequester GHG emissions, boost yields and increase the production of renewable energy made from farm crops, such as corn or soybeans. With smart policy and smart science, the Biden Administration can raise the bar for nations around the world, but to do that, it is vital that biofuels are core in the U.S. strategy.

At Novozymes, we specialize in tapping into the power of nature to deliver advanced biology that does everything from boosting crop yields without added fertilizer, to improving laundry detergents to cut energy and water waste. Our (Novozymes) innovation helps biofuel producers get more energy out of every harvest. These technologies have already helped the U.S. replace about 10 pct of liquid fuels with renewable alternatives.

"The vital importance of these bio-based solutions to address the climate crisis is already recognized, but ideas must be turned into action. Incentives that would allow the entire agricultural supply chain to invest in the future and a fuel market that is open to higher-biofuels blends -- such as E15 -- that allow drivers to save money, while reducing consumption of fossil fuel, are essential. These opportunities would not only drive green economic growth in the U.S., but could also offer a roadmap for other countries." -- Brian Brazeau, North America Novozymes, Apr., 2021)Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Biofuel,  Climate Change,  


CRC Considering Kentucky Biodiesel Operation (Ind. Report)
Continental Refining
Date: 2020-12-02
In the Bluegrass State, Somerset-based Hemisphere Ltd., the parent company of Continental Refining Co. (CRC), reports plans to invest an additional $25 million to install a soybean crushing, biodiesel refining and blending facility at the current CRC oil refinery in Somerset, Kentucky.

Hemisphere acquired the refinery in 2011, investing over $40 million updating and improving the facility's crude oil refining capabilities.

If the project proceeds, the plant will produce and sell: ultra low sulfur diesel; biodiesel ranging from B6 to B100; high-protein fiber meal for animal feed; crude glycerin and soybean oil for industrial use. (Source: Hemisphere Ltd, PR, Website, Nov., 2020) Contact: Hemisphere Ltd., Demetrios Haseotes, CEO, 606.772.7217, www.hemltd.com; Continental Refining, 606-679-6301, www.conrefco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Continental Refining ,  


Marathon Confirms Renewable Diesel Project Progress (Ind. Report)
Marathon Petroleum
Date: 2020-12-02
Following up on our Oct. 7th report, Ohio-headquartered oil industry giant Marathon Petroleum is in the process of starting up its renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota, and advancing plans to covert its Martinez, California, refinery to renewable diesel.

When fully operational in 2022, the Dickinson facility is expected to produce 12,000 bpd of renewable diesel from animal fat, soybean oil and corn oil feedstocks, and the Martinez, California facility will to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon, Nov, 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon,  Renewable Diesel,  


Bezos Earth Fund Announces First Major Recipients (Funding Report)
Bezos Earth Fund
Date: 2020-11-23
Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos has announced the first 16 recipients who together will receive a total of $791 million fro Bazo's $10 billion Earth Fund. The recipients are listed in order of funding:
  • Environmental Defense Fund -- $100 million grant will support work that includes completion and launch of MethaneSAT, a satellite that will not only locate and measure sources of methane pollution around the world, but also provide public access to data that ensures accountability and drives deep reductions of this pollutant. www.edf.org

  • The Natural Resources Defense Council -- $100 million to advance climate solutions and legislation at the state level, move the needle on policies and programs focused on reducing oil and gas production, protect and restore ecosystems that store carbon (like forests and wetlands), and accelerate sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices. www.nrdc.org

  • The Nature Conservancy -- $100 million to protect the Emerald Edge forest in the U.S. and Canada. www.nature.org

  • The World Resources Institute -- $100 million will be doled out over 5 years and will be used to develop a satellite-based monitoring system to advance natural climate solutions around the world. www.wri.org.

  • The World Wildlife Fund -- $100 million to help protect and restore mangroves, which store carbon and protect coastal communities from the ravages of climate-accelerated weather events www.worldwildlife.org.

  • ClimateWorks Foundation -- $50 million will be used to drive climate action in the transportation and industrial sectors.www.climateworks.org

  • The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice -- $43 million over three years to expand grant-making to organizations led by Black, Brown, and Indigenous women and other frontline leaders. www.hivedund.org

  • The Solutions Project -- $43 million over the next three years to accelerate the transition to 100 pct clean energy and equitable access to healthy air, water, and land. www.thesolutionsproject.org

  • The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund -- $43 million over 3 years to support grassroots organizing to build power and increase participation in our democratic processes. www.theequityfund.org

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies -- $30 million to advance efforts to increase the ability of crop plants, such as corn and soybeans, to capture and store atmospheric carbon via their roots in the soil. www.salk.edu

  • The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) -- $15 million over teo years to advocate for updates to the U.S. electrical grid that will speed the amount of wind, solar, and energy storage used in key states. www.ucsusa.org

  • Rocky Mountain Institute -- $10 million, $8 million of which will go to its carbon-free buildings campaign, which seeks to make all U.S. buildings carbon-free by 2040 by advocating for all-electric new construction and retrofitting existing homes and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. www.rmi.org

  • Dream Corps Green For All -- $10 million to continue its work creating a green economy that prioritized low-income communities and people of color.www.thedreamcorp.org.

    Eden Reforestation Projects -- $5 million to plant trees and alleviate extreme poverty in three countries.www.edenprojects.org. (Source: Bezos Earth Fund, Release, 16 Nov., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bezos Earth Fund,  Climate Change,  


  • WASDE Holds on Soybean Oil Biodiesel Forecast (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2020-11-13
    In its just released Nov. 10th World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), the USDA lowered its 2020-21 projections for soybean oil for use in biodisel production at 4.17 billion bushels in 2020-21, down 89 million bushels on lower yields reported in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Nebraska. With reduced production, soybean ending stocks are projected at 190 million bushels, down 100 million from last month.

    Prepared and released by the World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) , the monthly WASDE provides annual forecasts for U.S. and world wheat, rice, coarse grains, oilseeds, cotton, sugar, meat, poultry, eggs, and milk. The WAOB chairs the Interagency Commodity Estimates Committees (ICECs), which include analysts from key USDA agencies who compile and interpret information from USDA and other domestic and foreign sources to produce the report. (Source: USDA, Nov., 2020) Contact: USDA, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates , www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean Oil,  Biodiesel,  


    US Biodiesel Production Up in August, 2020 (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2020-11-13
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. biodiesel production hit 163 million gallons this past August -- up 1 million gallons when compared to the previous month and up 7 million gallons when compared to the same month of 2019.

    Production in August came from 88 biodiesel plants totaling 2.5 billion gpy capacity. Approximately 73 pct of August's production was from plants located in the Midwest. 73 million gallons of August's production was sold as B100 and 96 million gallons was blended with petroleum diesel.

    Approximately 1.239 billion pounds of feedstock was used to produce biodiesel in August, including 745 million pounds of soybean oil, 148 million pounds of corn oil, 44 million pounds of tallow, 55 million bounds of white grease, 80 million pounds of yellow grease, and 26 million pounds of other recycled feedstocks. Ending stocks of B100 were at 46 million gallons in August, down from 53 million gallons in July. Ending stocks of B100 were at 45 million gallons in August 2019, according to the EIA report. (Source: US EIA, Website Report, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www,eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Biodiesel,  


    $1.2Bn Renewable Diesel Facility Slated for Baton Rouge (Ind. Report)
    Port of Greater Baton Rouge
    Date: 2020-11-11
    The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is reporting a long term lease proposal with Coral Gables, Florida-based Gron Fuels LLC for 141 acres of port property for construction of a 60,000 bpd renewable diesel from canola, soybean and used cooking oils facility. The estimated $1.2 billion facility, which will also serve as the company's headquarters, will also have the capacity to produce 6,000 bpd of renewable jet fuel.

    Gron Fuels is a portfolio company of the Houston-based infrastructure investment firm Fidelis Infrastructure, which invests in complex greenfield projects and has been working with the Louisiana Economic Development agency on the project since 2019. If the lease is approved by the port, as expected, the next step in the process will be for Gron to secure environmental permits. (Source: Port of Greater Baton Rouge, PR 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: Port of Greater Baton Rouge, 225.342.1660, www.portgbr.com; Gron Fuels, Fidelis Infrastructure, (832) 551-3300 , info@fidelisinfra.com, www.fidelisinfra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel news,  


    Marathon Planning Plant Conversion to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    Marathon Petroleum
    Date: 2020-10-16
    Ohio-headquartered oil giant Marathon Petroleum Corporation reports it is investigating cost and other factors for a planned conversion of its presently idled Martinez petroleum refinery to produce renewable diesel.

    Subject to approvals, the renewable diesel project would use animal fat, soybean oil and corn oil as feed-stocks and go into production from 2022, with an upgrade to 736 million gpy -- full-capacity -- in 2023.

    Conversion of the Martinez facility is intended to reduce the facility's greenhouse gas emissions by 70 pct , air pollutants by 70 pct and water consumption by 1 billion gpy, according to a company release. (Source: Marathon Petroleum Corp., PR, Zacks, 15 Oct., 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

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    Marathon Planning Calif. Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
    Marathon Petroleum
    Date: 2020-10-07
    Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum reports it has applied for permits to convert its presently shuttered petroleum refinery in Martinez, California to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel from animal fat, soybeans, corn oil and similar feedstocks beginning in 2022.

    Marathon's renewable fuels projects include ethanol production through a Midwest joint venture, investment in its biofuels subsidiary Virent and the conversion of a refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, to renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon Petroleum, PR, 7 Oct., 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com; Virent Inc., Lee Edawards, CEO, Jeff Moore, Exec. VP, Operations, (608) 663-0228, www.virent.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon Petroleum,  Renewable Diesel,  Alternative Fuel,  Virent ,  


    ISU Researchers Transforming Pennycress Into Commercial Crop (R&D)
    Illinois State University
    Date: 2020-10-02
    Although pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) is widely considered a weed, Illinois State University researchers are working to genetically modify pennycress into a commercially grown cover crop that could be processed into biofuel, jet fuel, animal feed, and other high-value products. The mult-istate, multi-institutional 5-year effort is funded by a $10 million USDA grant and $13 million from the US DOE.

    Domesticated, commercially grown pennycress could be grown as a cold-resistant, high-yield oilseed crop across the central United States, where nearly 80 million acres of land devoted to corn and soybeans sit dormant in the winter months.

    This research has been ongoing for 10 years with the latest grant awarded in 2020. Illinois State researchers are currently working under the umbrella of the Integrated Pennycress Research Enabling Farm and Energy Resilience (IPREFER) program with colleagues at Western Illinois University, the University of Minnesota, The Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and the St. Louis-based crop development company CoverCress Inc.

    Download Integrated Pennycress Research Enabling Farm and Energy Resilience (IPREFER) program details HERE (Source: Illinois State University, 1 Oct., 2020) Contact: Illinois State Univ., Professor John Sedbrook, (309) 438-3374, (309) 438-3722 -- fax, jcsedbr@ilstu.edu, www.illinoisstate.edu

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    NBB Launches BiodieselBetter, Cleaner Campaign (ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2020-09-23
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) reports the launch of its latest national advertising campaign aimed at promoting the benefits of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels.

    Supported by the United Soybean Board, U.S. Canola Association, and a dozen Qualified State Soybean Boards, this educational campaign allows NBB to reach key decision makers, and audiences who may be less familiar with the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry. Along with national buys, a major component includes targeted advertising in the Washington D.C., mid-Atlantic, and California markets.

    View the NBB video HERE. (Source: NBB, Sept., 2020) Contact: NBB, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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    Calif. Refiners Refocusing on Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Diesel
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Further to our August 14 report, Phillips 66, Global Clean Energy, and Marathon Oil are reporting plans to convert their petroleum refineries in the Golden State to renewable diesel production.

    Phillips66 plans to use fats and greases, along with used cooking oil and soybean oil, at its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo to produce 19 million bpy of renewable diesel, gasoline, and aviation fuel starting in 2024. A refinery conversion in Bakersfield will use camelina sativa, an oilseed crop grown in rotation with wheat. Global Clean Energy bought the facility in May. It plans to make renewable diesel starting in 2022 and has a deal to sell 2.5 million bbl per year of the fuel to ExxonMobil.

    Marathon says it may convert its idled refinery in Martinez to renewable diesel, though it has not given an estimate of the plant's expected capacity or when it will come on-line. Neste, Valero, and REG are also supplying renewable diesel to California where fuel companies are required to purchase enough certified low carbon fuel to reduce the carbon intensity of the state's pool of transportation fuel 20 pct from 2011 to 2030. (Source: Phillips 66, Chemical & Engineering News, 18 Aug., 2020)Contact: Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547, joe.gannon@p66.com, www.p66.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Phillips 66,  ExxonMobil,  ,  


    ExxonMobil, GCEH Ink Renewable Diesel Offtake Deal (Ind. Report)
    Global Clean Energy Holdings,ExxonMobil
    Date: 2020-08-14
    ExxonMobil is reporting a 5-year off-take agreement with Long Beach, California-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) to purchase 2.5 million bpy of renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy's Bakersfield, California, refinery which is being re-tooled to produce renewable diesel from camelina, cooking oil, soybean oil and distillers corn oil and other non-petroleum feedstocks.

    Following scheduled production startup in 2022, ExxonMobil plans to distribute the renewable diesel within California and potentially to other domestic and international markets. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, Bryan Milton, Pres. ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Co, www.exxonmobil.com/en/aviation; Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618, contact@gceholdings.com, www.gceholdings.com

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    Marathon Acquires Beatrice, Nebraska Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
    Marathon
    Date: 2020-07-20
    Findlay, Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum Corp. is reporting acquisition of the idled 50 million gpy Duonix biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska.

    Marathon plans to use the facility to aggregate and pre-treat corn oil, soybean oil and rendered fats feedstocks prior to shipping them to its renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota. The Dickinson plant is being upgraded to initially co-process renewable diesel and will eventually be converted to 100 pct renewable diesel production. (Source: Marathon Petroleum Corp., PR, July, 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121 – Media, www.marathonpetroleum.com

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    Grand Forks Buses Running on B20 Biodiesel (Ind. Report)
    North Dakota Soybean Council
    Date: 2020-07-17
    In Fargo, the North Dakota Soybean Council is reporting public transit buses in the Grand Forks City area, have switched to B20 -- a 20 pct biodiesel and 80 pct petroleum diesel blended fuel.

    A 20 pct biodiesel blend cuts lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 15 pct compared to straight petroleum diesel, according to the release. More than half of the biodiesel made in the U.S. is sourced from soybean oil, the release notes. (Source: North Dakota Soybean Council , 16 July, 2020) Contact: North Dakota Soybean Council, 701-566-9300, www.ndsoybean.org

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    Biodiesel Board Urges EPA to Reject RFS "Gap" Waivers (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2020-06-19
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is urging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to immediately reject the flood of 52 small refinery exemption petitions for previous years going back to 2011.

    "EPA's consideration of small refinery exemption petitions going back to 2011 flies in the face of the recent 10th Circuit decision. By rolling back the clock, there appears to be no length EPA won't go to help refiners undermine the RFS. Make no mistake -- this handout to the oil industry comes at the expense of biodiesel producers and soybean farmers across the country, and particularly the Midwest. Allowing these gap filings renders the program completely unpredictable for renewable fuel producers. The agency must immediately reject these petitions to restore confidence that it will abide by the law in administering the RFS." NBB VP for Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik said.

    NBB sent a June 1 letter to Administrator Wheeler saying, "EPA's first step upon receiving any petition for a small refinery exemption should be to evaluate its timeliness and validity before transmitting it to the Department of Energy." The letter makes the case that "gap" petitions or re-submissions of previously rejected petitions are inconsistent with the 10th Circuit's ruling. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, NBB Website, 18 June, 2020) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  RFS,  RFS Waiver,  EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler ,  


    USDA Bioech Crop Rule Approval Applauded -- Notable Quote
    American Soybean Association
    Date: 2020-06-03
    "We are pleased with USDA's final rule streamlining the regulatory process for low-risk biotech crops to come to market. By establishing a common-sense regulatory process to ensure new biotech plants varieties are reviewed quickly with predictable timelines and allowed to go to market if they pose no risk, soybean growers can remain efficient and competitive through this continued access to innovation." -- Caleb Ragland, Chairman, American Soybean Association, June, 2020 Contact: , American Soybean Association, 314-576-1770, www.soygrowers.com

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    GCEH Converting Calif. Refinery to Biodiesel Production (M&A)
    Global Clean Energy Holdings
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Golden State, Torrance-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) Inc. is reporting the $40 million purchase of the idled Alon USA Energy Inc. Big West gasoline and diesel refinery in Kern County.

    GCEH plans to convert the 70,000 bpd facility to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil, soybean oil and camelina. The refinery has not run for 12 consecutive months since 2012. (Source: GCEH, PR, The Bakersfield Californian, 8 May, 2020) Contact: GCEH, Richard Palmer, CEO, www.gceholdings.com; Alon USA Energy www.delekus.com

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    Soil & Water Outcomes Fund Rewards Carbon Capture (Ind. Report)
    Cargill,Iowa Soybean Association.
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Minneapolis-headquartered global commodities trader Cargill Inc is reporting the launch of the Soil & Water Outcomes Fund with funding support from Cargill and the Walton Family Foundation.

    The Fund, a partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association and third-party verification company Quantified Ventures, will pay American farmers from $30 to $45 per acre for capturing carbon in their field soils and cutting fertiliser runoff. The Fund will then sell the environmental credits created to polluters such as cities and companies, including Cargill itself.

    Cargill estimates the practices would prevent runoff of 100,000 pounds of nitrogen and 10,000 pounds of phosphorus this year and sequester 7,500 tonnes of carbon in soils, equivalent to taking 1,480 cars off the road. (Source: Cargill, 5m The Pig Site, April, 2020) Contact: Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, Ryan Sirolli, Director of Row Crop Sustainability, www.cargill.com; Iowa Soybean Association, (515) 251-8640, www.iasoybeans.com

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    Congressional Biofuels Caucus Seeking Direct Biofuels Industry Relief (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    USDA
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Iowa Congressman Steve King (R), a member of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, reports he has signed the attached bi-partisan letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the USDA use "funds from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry."

    Dear Secretary Perdue,

    "The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided USDA with additional resources to support farm income and prices during this economic downturn. The CARES Act included a reimbursement of $14 billion to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), and $9.5 billion for the Secretary to respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares to address financial hardship in agriculture, we urge you to use funds from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry.

    "Demand for fuel is declining as states implement stay-at-home orders and discourage travel. This sudden shift in demand is worsening market conditions to the point ethanol plants are halting production. The biofuels industry is a vital market for the commodities our farmers produce, and USDA must take immediate action to ensure plants can retain skilled workers and continue production when market conditions improve.

    "The biofuels sector provides a direct and significant boost to the value of corn and soybeans. Ethanol plants purchase two out of every five bushels of U.S. corn and biodiesel producers use over 8 billion pounds of soybean oil a year. Ethanol plants produce dried distillers grains (DDGs) as a byproduct, providing livestock farmers with a low-cost, high-protein component of animal feed. To assist with the response to COVID-19, some ethanol and biofuels plants have volunteered to produce hand sanitizer and disinfectant products to address nationwide shortages. And, ethanol plants produce high purity carbon dioxide that is critical for medical facilities and food processing. The biofuels sector plays a large role in the livelihood of America's commodity and livestock producers, and biofuels plants are major employers in many rural communities.

    "USDA should take immediate action to stabilize the biofuels industry with resources provided by the CARES Act. We look forward to working with you on this issue as USDA assists producers through this challenging time. Thank you for considering this request." (Source: Congressman Steven King, KIOW Radio, 12 April, 2020) Contact: Rep Steve King, steveking.house.gov

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    Senators Seeking Ethanol Ind. Support (Editorials, Opinions & Asides)
    Ethanol,Chuck Grassley
    Date: 2020-04-10
    In a recent letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Iowa's Sen. Chuck Grassley (R )and Sen. Joni Ernst(R) and a group of midwest senators, called for additional biofuel industry funding through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).

    "As the country follows the advice of local and state governments and remain at home, motor fuel use has rapidly decreased. The decrease in fuel consumption has left (biofuel) production facilities little choice but to idle production or close completely.

    "Farm income and prices for corn and other crop commodities are directly linked to the health of the renewable fuel industry. Ethanol plants use 40 percent of all corn grown in the United States. Among other feedstocks, biodiesel and renewable diesel producers currently use over 8 billion pounds of soybean oil a year, creating demand that adds 13 percent to the cash price of a bushel of soybeans.

    "We have seen a significant drop in the price of corn and soybeans because of the decline in demand. Keeping plants open is vital for our states and we ask that you use the authority given by Congress to assist the biofuel industry during extremely difficult times. We are supportive of the proposals the biofuel industry has put forward to reimburse feedstocks and also believe that adding additional CCC funds to the Higher-Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program will drive future biofuel demand,” the senators continued," the letter said. (Source: Various Media, Atlantic News Telegraph, 8 April, 2020)Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov; Sen. Joni Ernst, www.ernst.senate.gov

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    B100 Biodiesel Technology Partnership Announced (Ind. Report)
    Optimus Technologies,Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2020-02-24
    A wide range of organizations has announced a partnership to conduct a year-long validation project of revolutionary biodiesel technology to demonstrate its viability in real-world, high-mileage fleet applications.

    Under this partnership, five trucks owned by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will be outfitted with Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies' Vector fuel system, an innovative technology that enables diesel engines to run almost entirely on sustainable biodiesel. The trucks will be used in daily fleet operations for a yearlong period, with each vehicle anticipated to travel 160,000-180,000 miles and reduce up to 500,000 pounds of CO2. Advanced monitoring protocols will compare the performance and results of the new technology with five other trucks comprising a control group operating on conventional diesel. All biodiesel used in the project will come from ADM's refinery in Mexico, Missouri.

    While nearly all diesel engine manufacturers support at least 20 pct biodiesel (B20), the Optimus Vector System is designed to allow conventional diesel engines to run on 100 pct biodiesel in a wide range of climates. The system is already in use in shorter-mileage, local fleet applications. This new project is designed to evaluate its use for longer-haul over-the-road fleets, potentially opening a pathway to significantly higher volumes of biodiesel in the U.S. truck fleet.

    Optimus' technology coupled with ADM's fuel provides heavy-duty fleets an immediate pathway to reduce these emissions over 80%. While the promise of heavy-duty fleet electrification is still decades off, this project demonstrates the ease, low cost, and efficacy of integrating biodiesel into existing fleet equipment and operations.

    In addition to ADM and Optimus, this project is supported by the American Lung Association, the National Biodiesel Board, the Illinois Soybean Association, and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. (Source: Optimus Technologies, PR, Website, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, 412.727.8228, 888.727.2966 - fax, info@optimustec.com,www.optimustec.com; Archer Daniels Midland, www.adm.com

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    NDSP Abandons Planned N.D. Soybean Crushing Plant (Ind. Report)
    North Dakota Soybean Processors
    Date: 2020-02-19
    Brewster, Minnesota-based North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) reports it has been forced to abandon efforts to build a large-scale soybean crushing facility at the Spiritwood Energy Park in Spiritwood, North Dakota, after more than three years and a $6 million investment.

    If constructed, the NDSP soybean-crushing facility would have processed 42 million bpy of locally grown soybeans and produce approximately 935,000 tons of soybean meal and 475 million pounds of soybean oil for sale into domestic and export animal feed and soybean oil markets, including with respect to the soybean oil serving as a renewable feedstock for planned or existing renewable diesel refinery facilities in North Dakota and throughout the western U.S., according to the company website (Source: North Dakota Soybean Processors, , Website, 17 Feb., 2020) Contact:North Dakota Soybean Processors, Robin Skrivan (507) 842-6715, info@ndsoy.com, www.ndsoy.com

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    ANP Reports 71th Brazilian Biodiesel Auction Results (Int'l.)
    Brazil's Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In Brasilia, the Brazilian Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) is reporting 1.12 billion litres (296.66 million gallons) of biodiesel from 42 producers have been contracted at a total price of $744 million in the 71th national biodiesel auction. (Source: ANP. United Soybean Board, Renewables, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact:Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency, www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Agency_of_Petroleum,_Natural_Gas_and_Biofuels_(Brazil)

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    NIFA Supports Bio-jet Fuel Technology R&D (R&D Report)
    USDA,National Institute for Food and Agriculture
    Date: 2019-12-18
    In the Cornhusker State, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is reporting receipt of grant funding from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to support collaborative research by Washington State University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln on the use of camelina oilseeds and other vegetable oil crops in renewable bio-based jet fuel manufacturing.

    The research is aimed at developing new bio-based jet fuel manufacturing technology and crop feedstocks with vegetable oil compositions tailored for this technology.

    The research team will use camelina as an oilseed platform to develop vegetable oil formulations with shorter carbon chains that are better suited for the processing technology. These genetic strategies will be transferred to other vegetable oil feedstocks, such as soybean and oil-rich sorghum, which are currently being developed by university faculty for the U.S. DOE Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI).

    Research at UNL builds on prior US DOE and Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research'funding. (Source: University of Nebraska, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UNL IANR NEWS, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 402-472-2081, www.unl.edu; National Institute for Food and Agriculture, www.nifa.usda.gov; U.S. DOE Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, www.cabbi.bio

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    HollyFrontier Plans 125Mn GPY Renewable Diesel Plant (Ind Report)
    HollyFrontier
    Date: 2019-12-11
    In the Lone Star State, Dallas-based independent petroleum refiner and marketer HollyFrontier Corporation reports it will construct a new 125-million gpy renewable diesel (RD) from soybean oil and other feedstocks unit at its Artesia, New Mexico refinery (Navajo Refinery). The company expects renewable diesel production to generate 600,000 LCFS credits in its first year.

    The RDU project, corresponding rail infrastructure and storage tanks, is estimated to come in at $350 million upon completion in Q1, 2022.

    HollyFrontier owns and operates refineries in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah and markets its refined products principally in the Southwest US, the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. (Source: HollyFrontier, PR, 9 Dec., 2019) Contact: HollyFrontier Corp., George John Demiris, CEO, Craig Biery, Inv. Relations, 214-954-6510, www.hollyfrontier.com

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    HollyFrontier Planning 125Mn GPY Renewable Diesel Unit (Ind. Report)
    HollyFrontier
    Date: 2019-11-18
    In the Lone Star State, Dallas-based independent petroleum refiner and marketer HollyFrontier Corporation is reporting a planned 125 million gpy renewable diesel unit (RDU) to process soybean oil and other renewable feedstocks into renewable diesel. This investment will provide HollyFrontier the opportunity to meet the demand for low-carbon fuels while covering the cost of our annual RIN purchase obligation under current market conditions.

    The RDU, along with corresponding rail infrastructure and storage tanks, is estimated to have a total capital cost of $350 million, and is expected to be completed in Q1 of 2022. The RDU will be funded with cash on hand and is expected to generate an internal rate of return between 20 pct and 30 pct.

    HollyFrontier owns and operates refineries located in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah and markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. (Source: HollyFrontier, PR, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: HollyFrontier Corp., George John Demiris, CEO, Craig Biery, Inv. Relations, 214-954-6510, www.hollyfrontier.com

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    Trump Asked to Honor RFS Pledge (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    NBB,National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2019-09-11
    "DearMr.President,

    "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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    More RFS "Hardship" Waivers! (Ind. Report)
    EPA,American Soybean Association
    Date: 2019-08-26
    On Friday the 23rd, the EPA announced it was granting 31 more Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) "hardship" waivers -- a whopping 31 of 38 total Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) applications for the 2018 compliance year.

    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

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    "We've Had Enough!" -- NBB Comments on EPA's RFS Waivers (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    NBB
    Date: 2019-08-16
    "Here we go again. Last week, the U.S. EPA granted 31 out of 38 retroactive small refinery exemptions for 2018. I can't contain the frustration and utter disappointment I have with how this administration is handling its responsibility of administering the RFS.

    "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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    JBS Announces New Brazilian Biodiesel Plant (Int'l Report)
    JBS Biodiesel,
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Brazilian global food company JBS reports it will invest approximately $48 million in another biodiesel plant in Mafra, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  JBS Biodiesel,  ,  


    MERCOSUR, EC Deal Opens South American Biofuels Market (Int'l)
    European Commission,MERCOSUR
    Date: 2019-07-15
    The European Union's European Commission (EC) is reporting a trade deal with the South American Mercosur trading bloc that will open the European market to more imports of ethanol and crops that are used to make high-emitting biofuel.

    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, www.mercosur.int/en/about-mercosur/mercosur-countries

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Soy Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  


    Flint Hills Closes Beatrice Neb. Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Flint Hills Resources
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Citing "tough economic times", Flint Hills Resources reports it is closing its 50-million gpy biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska. The plant, which produces biodiesel from waste fats and oils, tallow, and distillers' corn oil, is at an unusual competitive disadvantage to plants that use lower priced soybean oil.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Benefuel,  Beatrice,  Flint Hills Resources,  Ethanol,  

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