REG and Optimus Partner to Deliver Biodiesel to Fleets

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Energy Group fleet customers in Iowa, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts are ramping up the use of B100 (100% biodiesel) in their fleets and REG is helping fleets achieve their sustainability goals and reach near-zero emissions through a partnership with Optimus Technologies. With Optimus’ new technology, biodiesel is now able to be utilized as B100, while REG is providing the …

Biodiesel, REG

NBB Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court SRE Case

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court this week in the pending case on small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. In the case HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC, et al. v Renewable Fuels Association et al, NBB argues that small refinery exemptions destroy demand and limit future growth of biodiesel and renewable …

Biodiesel, NBB

NBB Discusses 2021 Policy Priorities for Biodiesel Industry

Cindy Zimmerman

National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Donnell Rehagen and Vice President of Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik hosted a video conference briefing with reporters last week to discuss the industry’s policy priorities for the coming year. Paul Winters, NBB Director of Public Affairs and Federal Communications, moderated the discussion. Kovarik said they were disappointed with EPA’s recent decision to extend the renewable …

Audio, Biodiesel, Bioheat, NBB

Biofuels Coalition Files Brief in Supreme Court Case

Cindy Zimmerman

The Biofuels Coalition, comprised of Renewable Fuels Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol, the National Corn Growers Association and the National Farmers Union filed a response brief this week in the Supreme Court case HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC, et al., v. Renewable Fuels Association, et al. In the brief, the coalition argues in support of the challenged Tenth Circuit decision, …

ACE, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA, Renewable Fuels Association, RFA

Biofuels Included in New USDA COVID Aid Program

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA has unveiled a new initiative for farmers, ranchers and biofuels producers impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions – Pandemic Assistance for Producers (PAP). USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs. The Department will also develop rules for new programs that will put a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and …

ACE, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, USDA

U.S. Biodiesel Celebrates 3 Billion Gallons

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Board is pleased to celebrate National Biodiesel Day by announcing that the industry has reached a milestone of 3 billion gallons in operating capacity. National Biodiesel Day is celebrated on March 18 in honor of Rudolf Diesel who invented the diesel engine, which was originally designed to run on renewable peanut oil. Three billion gallons is significant …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, NBB

Broad Coalition Supports MN Clean Fuels Standard

Cindy Zimmerman

A broad coalition representing automakers, biofuel producers, farmers, electric vehicles, and conservation advocates is endorsing new legislation that would implement a clean fuels standard statewide in Minnesota, which would be the first for a Midwestern state. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) are both members of the coalition, which is facilitated by the Great …

ACE, Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Renewable Fuels Association, RFA

Michael Regan Confirmed as EPA Administrator

Cindy Zimmerman

Michael Regan has officially been confirmed as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 66-34 vote Wednesday by the U.S. Senate. Regan comes to EPA after serving as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. During his confirmation hearing, Regan emphasized that the “RFS is definitely a priority for this administration.” U.S. biofuels organizations are thrilled …

ACE, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NBB, Renewable Fuels Association, RFA, RFS

Vilsack Sees Future for Renewable Fuels

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack sees a continued need for biofuels in the future. “Most of you will still be around 20 or 30 years from now and I think you’re still going to have a need for and a higher demand for renewable fuels,” said Vilsack in a virtual appearance concluding the 2021 Commodity Classic Special Edition last …

Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, Commodity Classic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFS, USDA

House Biofuels Caucus Announces Two New Bills

Cindy Zimmerman

The co-chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus have introduced two new pieces of legislation to increase access to biofuels and to fully recognize the environmental benefits. Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act, which would expand access to higher blends of biofuels. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) was the …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News