U.S. Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Imports Decline 36% in 2014

March 27, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Fuel Imports

After reaching record levels in 2013, U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36%, to 333 million gallons in 2014. Uncertainty surrounding Renewable Fuel Standard targets and the absence of a late-year influx of volumes from Argentina were two main factors in this decline.[read more]

Fuel Stability Problems Challenge FAME Biodiesel

August 1, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Fuel Stability Problems

Fuel stability woes challenge the increase of FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) biodiesel beyond the current B5, or 5% blend. Mercedes-Benz and some other original engine manufacturers (OEM’s) will not warranty their engines when blends of B6 or higher are used.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: US Biomass-Based Diesel Imports Increase to Record Levels in 2013

May 9, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US Biomass Diesel Imports

The United States imports two varieties of biomass-based diesel fuel—biodiesel and renewable diesel. Last year, total U.S. imports of these two varieties of biomass-based diesel fuel reached 525 million gallons, compared to 61 million gallons in 2012.[read more]

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Next Generation Biofuels: Pathways To Production

February 25, 2013 by Jeff Kessler

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While gasoline drives consumer mobility, it’s diesel that we turn to for the heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) fleet. Diesel fuel use accounts for roughly 20 percent of U.S. petroleum use and has an even greater share in European markets. Although ethanol is the primary biofuel used to displace gasoline, biofuel development for HDVs is centered on renewable diesel and biodiesel, two distinctly different technologies with unique production pathways.[read more]

Could Diesel Fuel Made from US Natural Gas Compete with CNG and LNG?

January 16, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

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The announcement last month of a $21 billion project to capitalize on abundant, low-cost US natural gas should have caught the attention of everyone interested in this resource. As reported in the New York Times, Sasol, a South African energy company, intends to build a 96,000 barrel-per-day gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in southwestern Louisiana.[read more]

The Biofuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions Labyrinth

May 18, 2012 by Nathanael Baker

As governments roll out public policy directing increased biofuel production for all sectors of the transportation industry, serious questions around environmental sustainability still remain.Although the food versus fuel debate -- should arable land be used to grow energy crops, or food crops be used to fuel our cars instead of our...[read more]

China Takes Recycled Fry-Oil Biofuels To Scale

August 30, 2011 by John Daly

According to a recent article in the People’s Daily, Beijing’s 19 million inhabitants are seeing the grease used to fry up their dim sum and other delicacies carted off by eight licensed collectors of used cooking oil, known as “hogwash,” for recycling into biofuel.[read more]

Oregon’s Diesel To Contain 5 Percent Biodiesel

March 31, 2011 by Mike Gregory

Oregon is about to become the second state to require that most of the diesel sold there contain at least 5 percent biodiesel (B5). The National Biodiesel Board applauded the state on its progressive upgrade. “Policymakers in Oregon should be congratulated for displaying national leadership on clean energy issues,” said Shelby Neal, NBB...[read more]

Biodiesel Industry Responds Positively To Tax Credit Passage

December 17, 2010 by Mike Gregory

The National Biodiesel Board responded to the news that the biodiesel tax credit had cleared the House of Representatives in a statement. “Reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit is welcome news for the U.S. biodiesel industry and good news for the nation as a whole,” said Manning Feraci, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs. “This...[read more]

Christmas for Renewables

December 17, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

Last night the US House of Representatives passed the compromise tax bill without any amendments and by a healthy margin, though narrower than the 81-19 vote in the Senate on Wednesday. The bill now goes to the President for his signature. The provisions added after the initial negotiations between the White House and Republican...[read more]

Saskatchewan Biodiesel Research Shows Positive Results

December 15, 2010 by Mike Gregory

Results are in on a year-long biodiesel demonstration project that was undertaken by Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) and supported by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) under the National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative (NRDDI). The primary objective of the study was to evaluate the suitability of biodiesel blends in the...[read more]

Illinois Biodiesel Industry Expands As Other States Struggle

September 10, 2010 by Mike Gregory

I recently wrote about how privately held biodiesel producers were going out of business at the same time that government entities were starting biodiesel operations to supply their own needs. I thought it was somewhat troubling to see biodiesel production shifting from private sector to the public sector. Around that same time, a...[read more]

Range Responds

March 2, 2010 by Robert Rapier

I just became aware that BiofuelsDigest wrote a story on my recent blog on Range Fuels, and got some comments back from Range Fuels' CEO David Aldous: Battle of the Falling Timbers Aldous said pretty much what I would expect the CEO of Range Fuels to say. He defended his company, and complained that the funding includes money for...[read more]

Ultra-low Sulfur Oil and BioDiesel Belly up to the Bar

January 9, 2010 by PaulOrlowski SulfurUnit_com

 To survive with the new ULSD standard, the National Oilheat Research Alliance met in September to redefine itself in light of new environmental policy and change.  John Huber, the president says, “The oilheat industry views itself in a timeframe in which it needs to reinvent itself, what with legislation on climate change,...[read more]

The Wheels Come Off the Biodiesel Wagon

January 4, 2010 by Robert Rapier

Domestic Biodiesel Production Plummets One of my Top 10 Energy Stories of 2009 involved the actions taken by the EU against U.S. biodiesel producers. U.S. tax dollars had been generously subsidizing biodiesel that was being exported out of the U.S. European producers couldn't compete against the subsidized imports, so the EU effectively...[read more]