Student Scientist Receives Grant from Biodiesel Foundation

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Foundation has announced the recipient of the first Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant is studying Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. Mary Kate Mitchell received the $2,000 award to participate in the Biodiesel Sustainability Workshop in St. Louis, MO on September 27, with the remaining funds applied toward academics. Mitchell is a member of the Next …

Biodiesel, Education, NBB

Rhode Island Ethanol Safety Seminar This Week

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is joining other groups for an ethanol safety seminar in Rhode Island this week. The ethanol safety seminar, in partnership with TRANSCAER, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, will be held on May 11 in Exeter, R.I. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. Registration is limited and …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, safety

Groups Urge EPA to Move on Pathway Approvals

Cindy Zimmerman

As the Environmental Protection Agency has been approving small refinery exemption requests at a record pace, dozens of ethanol plants have been waiting for months to receive approvals for new pathways to produce cellulosic ethanol, including from corn kernel fiber. Five state biofuels organizations sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt this week asking him to “shift administrative time …

Cellulosic, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Latest Ethanol Export and Production Numbers

Cindy Zimmerman

The volume of U.S. ethanol shipments in March was the second-highest in history, just two percent less than the record set in February, according to the latest government data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). U.S. ethanol exports totaled 215.1 million gallons (mg) in March, with Brazil once again the leading destination for the fifth straight month, receiving 95.9 …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, RFA

B20 Makes Big Splash in Minnesota

Cindy Zimmerman

Minnesota made history May 1, becoming the first state to transform virtually all of the diesel supply for sale in the state to B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. “We often refer to Minnesota as a ‘trailblazer,’ but somehow that just doesn’t seem adequate anymore,” said National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Donnell Rehagen. “Upgrading …

Audio, Biodiesel, NBB

May is Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska

Cindy Zimmerman

Nebraska drivers are being encouraged to get their motors running with savings on biofuels every Friday in May at retailers in three major cities to celebrate Renewable Fuels Month in the state. Select retailers in Omaha, Grand Island and Bellevue are offering discounts on ethanol blends and one location is discounting biodiesel as well. Renewable Fuels Month is coordinated through …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Retailers

Senators Push President for E-15 RVP Waiver

Cindy Zimmerman

With a growing number of “small refinery” exemptions being granted by EPA to not-so-small companies, a bipartisan group of senators is asking President Trump to allow 15% ethanol fuel (E-15) to be sold during the summer all over the country starting this year. In a letter to the president Monday, 18 ethanol state senators made two specific requests. First, they …

ACE, E15, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, RFS

Biodiesel #1 for Green Fleets

Cindy Zimmerman

And the survey says …. biodiesel is the top alternative fuel choice for fleet trucks. According to the latest Fleet Purchasing Outlook study conducted by the NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, 75 percent of fleet respondents planning to acquire trucks in 2018 anticipate maintaining or increasing use of diesel engine powered trucks, indicating that diesel is …

Biodiesel, Fleet, Trucks

Report Says Icahn Refinery Received RFS Waiver

Cindy Zimmerman

Reuters published an exclusive report today citing two anonymous sources who claim EPA granted a small refinery hardship exemption to CVR Energy, owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, the power behind last year’s attempt to dilute the Renewable Fuel Standard by changing the point of obligation. CVR Energy just released its 1st quarter earnings last Thursday, posting a net income of …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Oil, RFS, RINS