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News Category: Biodiesel News
October 14, 2016
The European Oilseed Alliance (EOA), the European Biodiesel Board (EBB), and the Vegetable Oil and Protein Meal Industry stress the importance of sustainable energy sources in the low-carbon economy post-2020. The organisation held on Wednesday a dinner debate in the European Parliament, during which panellists from all backgrounds discussed the role of sustainable biodiesel... [Read More]

October 13, 2016
Two men pleaded guilty in a US court earlier this week to conspiracy, fraud and making false statements related to the US government's controversial policy designed to boost use of renewable fuels, according to court documents and a report in Reuters. The media agency stated that the case comes in the last four weeks of a US presidential election campaign as the petroleum... [Read More]

October 13, 2016
Brazilian oil and gas heavyweight Petrobras announced that it will cease production activities at its biodiesel Petrobras Biocombustivel plant in Ceará state, due to low profitability. This decision is in line with the company's strategy to fully leave the biofuel sector. The process will start on 1 November, 2016, and should take around six months.... [Read More]

October 7, 2016
Crimson Renewable Energy has completed the expansion of its ultra-low carbon biodiesel production facility that the company hopes will lead to a tripling of production. The multi-million dollar plant upgrade was partially funded by a matching grant from the California Energy Commission’s Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The upgrades included... [Read More]

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October 5, 2016
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have filed a complaint against NGL Crude Logistics (NGL) and Western Dubuque Biodiesel for violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Western Dubuque has agreed to pay $6 million (€5.3m) to resolve the RFS program violations for generating renewable identification numbers... [Read More]

September 29, 2016
The City of New York passed legislation on Wednesday that incrementally displaces 20% of the heating oil sold within the city with biodiesel. The bill, which passed by a 47-3 vote and is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will increase the amount of biodiesel in heating oil in the City from the current 2% level to 5% by 1 October, 2017. The blend level... [Read More]

September 28, 2016
Activists from Greenpeace blocked entry to a palm oil refinery at the Port of Rotterdam for seven hours on Tuesday due to claims of the plant being linked to Indonesian environmental concerns. A report by the environmental group links IOI, the owner of the Croklaan palm oil refinery, to deforestation, wildfires, and human rights violations including using child labour... [Read More]

September 27, 2016
The New York City Council is planning to pass legislation on Wednesday to give a major boost to the level of biodiesel blended into home heating oil. But the planned policy comes amidst criticism from environmental groups claiming that the increased biodiesel percentage will do more harm than good for the nature. Currently, New York has a mandate in place to blend 2%... [Read More]

September 21, 2016
Petrobras, Brazil’s state-led oil company, intends to exit the biofuels business as part of the company’s plan to cut spending and reduce its debts. Part of Petrobras’ 2017-2021 strategic plan, dropping biofuels – along with other cuts in LPG, fertiliser, and petrochemical sectors – will see the company’s spending fall from $98.5 billion... [Read More]

September 9, 2016
US production of biodiesel was 135 million gallons in June 2016, marking a 2 million gallon increase from the previous month, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data. Biodiesel production from the Midwest region (Petroleum Administration for Defense District 2) accounted for 68% of the US total, the EIA’s Monthly Biodiesel Production Report states. Production... [Read More]

September 9, 2016
Oil refiner and renewable solutions developer Neste is planning to start selling diesel produced entirely from renewable raw materials at selected stations in Finland around the turn of the year. Majority of the feedstock Neste uses to refine the renewable diesel consists of waste and residues. The product launch is one of Neste's ways to participate in the centenary... [Read More]

September 8, 2016
US biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) has redeemed in full of the $100 million (€88.7m) Gulf Opportunity Zone (GOZone) bonds ahead of their 2033 maturity date. The bonds were issued by the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority (LPFA) to help finance construction of the company’s 75 million gallon renewable hydrocarbon diesel refinery in Geismar,... [Read More]

September 1, 2016
A team of researchers from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are testing a novel biodiesel reactor that could lower the cost of biofuel production. Developed in collaboration with Tadweer – Abu Dhabi’s Center of Waste Management the integrated chemical reactor produces high-quality biodiesel from fats, including... [Read More]

September 1, 2016
US biodiesel producer World Energy has acquired from Elevance Natchez (ENI) a 72 million gpy biorefinery located on the Mississippi River in Natchez, Mississippi, US.  World Energy has been supplying BQ9000-certified biodiesel from the currently fully staffed and operational plant under a production contract with ENI since January 2013. Customers, employees, suppliers,... [Read More]

August 26, 2016
The US Army and Hawaiian Electric Co. have broken ground on a partially biodiesel-powered 50MW power plant on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The plant, located on land at the Schofield Barracks on the island, will burn both biodiesel and fossil fuels. Being developed, owned, and operated by Hawaiian Electric, the plant is expected to come online in early 2018. The plant... [Read More]

August 9, 2016
US-based international agribusiness company Earth Gen-BioFuel will sponsor two international industry symposiums to promote the use of caster bean oil in the manufacture of biodiesel.  The first symposium will be in the US and the second is planned for Southeast Asia. George Shen, president, said:  "EarthGen believes that the best way to expand the market for... [Read More]