Branstad Touts Iowa Renewable Energy During China Hearing

Cindy Zimmerman

During his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become U.S. Ambassador to China, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad had the opportunity to talk about his favorite subject – renewable energy. “Thank you for bringing that up because I’m very proud of where we’ve come from,” Branstad said in response to Sen. Tim Kaine (VA-D) asking about Iowa’s …

ACE, Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, International, Wind

French Researcher Honored With Glycerine Innovation Award

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2017 Glycerine Innovation Award was presented this week to Prof. Dr. Christophe Len with the Université de Technologie Compiègne France. The annual honor is sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and is presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS). It recognizes outstanding achievement for research into new …

Biodiesel, NBB

Biodiesel Interests Pleased with Senate Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Board and the American Soybean Association applauded the introduction of a Senate bill this week that would convert the blender’s credit for biodiesel to a $1-per-gallon production credit for fuels produced in the United States for three years and provide an additional 10-cent-per-gallon credit for small producers. “Well-crafted and efficient tax incentives can be powerful policy mechanisms …

Biodiesel, Government, NBB, Soybeans

Senators Introduce Biodiesel Tax Credit Reform

Cindy Zimmerman

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) joined 14 other senators to introduce bipartisan legislation that would reform the biodiesel tax credit and extend the new policy for three years. The American Renewable Fuel and Job Creation Act of 2017 reforms the incentive by transferring the credit from the blenders to the producers of biofuels in order to incentivize …

Biodiesel

U.S. Initiating Biodiesel Anti-Dumping Investigation

Cindy Zimmerman

As the U.S. Commerce Department last week initiated formal antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, the biodiesel industry was giving testimony to the International Trade Commission on how those countries are violating trade laws and injuring American manufacturers and workers. Biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia surged by 464 percent from 2014 to 2016, …

Biodiesel, International, NBB

More Iowa Retailers Carrying Biodiesel Blends

Cindy Zimmerman

Over half of Iowa’s fuel retailers carried biodiesel last year, up six percent from 2015 according to the Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB). The Iowa Department of Revenue released the 2016 Retailers Fuel Gallons Annual Report this month. The report shows during 2016, the amount of on-road biodiesel sold equaled 344.8 million gallons, or 54.7 percent of total on-road diesel fuel …

Biodiesel

US Coachways Donates $15K to Biodiesel Foundation

Cindy Zimmerman

US Coachways has been supporting sustainability and cleaner air by monthly contributions to biodiesel research and education which as of this month have totaled $15,000 provided to the National Biodiesel Foundation. “Thanks to donations from companies such as US Coachways, the Foundation has been able to administer and support valuable education and research projects,” said Foundation president Jeff Lynn. “Over …

Biodiesel, Education

Biodiesel Industry Files Antidumping Petition

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) this week filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition against Argentine and Indonesian companies that are allegedly violating trade laws with dumped and subsidized biodiesel in the U.S. market. The petition was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, …

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Celebrate Biodiesel Day

Cindy Zimmerman

There’s a reason to celebrate green both today and tomorrow – since tomorrow is National Biodiesel Day. March 18 is the birthday of Rudolf Diesel, who invented the engine that bears his name, ran early models on peanut oil, and was an ardent believer in vegetable oil-based fuel, which is why the industry chose this day to celebrate biodiesel. “For …

Biodiesel, NBB

Celebrating Minnesota Biodiesel Day

Cindy Zimmerman

March 15 was Biodiesel Day in Minnesota, proclaimed by Gov. Mark Dayton in recognition of the 15 year anniversary of Minnesota’s biodiesel mandate becoming law in 2002. The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) was celebrating yesterday because they helped design that legislation which made Minnesota the first state in the nation to require 10 percent biodiesel, or B10, in diesel …

Biodiesel, Soybeans