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New Biofuel Exemption Prospects Spur Oil Giant Concern
August 29, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs  (Bloomberg BNA)  An era of relaxed biofuel blending requirements may be dawning for small oil refineries nationwide following a watershed court decision and new congressional direction for regulators.
That prospect is cheered on …

EPA Erred in Denying Renewable Fuel Hardship Exemption: Courts
August 16, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used too strict of a test when it denied Sinclair Oil Corp’s request for an exemption from the country’s biofuel regulations, a U.S. appeals court ruled …

Eni and CONOE Sign Agreement for the Transformation of Used Vegetable Oils into Biofuels
May 18, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(Eni) The agreement will see Eni’s refineries in Italy capitalize on a national energy resource by creating high quality biofuels from used vegetable oils, representing the final stage of the virtuous cycle of the “circular economy”.
Used …

Hawaii’s Largest Oil Refinery Owner in Talks with Biofuel Developers
March 8, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Par Pacific Holdings Inc., owner of the largest oil refinery in Hawaii, is actively speaking with several biofuel developers regarding the use of this renewable fuel as a replacement for …

RINs Not Driving Any Profits: Motiva
March 8, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  No one profits from credits used to track compliance with US biofuel mandates, Motiva chief executive Dan Romasko said today, wading into a controversy that has split the industry.
Refinery margins rise and fall …

State Board Dismisses Appeal of Delaware City Refinery’s Ethanol Project
February 28, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (Delaware Online/The News Journal)  An appeal of DNREC’s decision to approve the Delaware City Refinery’s planned Ethanol Marketing Project failed Monday before it could begin.
The Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted 5-1 …

Refinery, DNREC Seek Dismissal of Ethanol Challenges
February 21, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal)  The legal battle over Delaware City Refinery’s plans to expand its ethanol operations is heating up, days before a state board will hear the case.

On its surface, the dispute …

DNREC Approves Delaware City Refinery’s Ethanol Project
December 29, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal)  PBF Energy won state approval Wednesday to ship unblended ethanol by barge from its Delaware City refinery.
DNREC Secretary David Small signed an order affirming the refinery’s proposed $7 million …

Don’t Change the RFS Point of Obligation
December 23, 2016 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Mark Griffin  (Pro Petroleum/Real Clear Energy)  … Moving the point of obligation eliminates our ability to compete and gives major refiners a significant unfair advantage over small businesses in small markets across the country. Liquidity and …

Fuels, Joules & Molecules: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Paul Bryan’s “The Future of Biomass”
November 28, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Paul Bryan (Biofuels Digest) Without a significant cost of CO2 emissions, biofuels will never gain enough market share to meaningfully reduce those emissions,” said Paul Bryan at ABLC Next in San Francisco. Agree, disagree? Former …

Changes Sought for RFS Compliance Mechanism
November 2, 2016 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Rep. Bob Brady is going to press for changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard compliance mechanism that the refineries in his district say costs them millions — and he may …

Water-Energy Dependence around Pacific Rim Mapped in New Sandia Study
September 20, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Sandia National Laboratories)  A wide-ranging analysis of water vulnerability across the Pacific — including the U.S., China, Russia and Japan — has identified hundreds of locations where energy production depends upon scarce water supplies.
The Sandia …

Trump Biofuel Proposals Echo Those of Backer Icahn
September 17, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to weigh into a debate over a controversial U.S. biofuels program with a proposal that would back the position of billionaire investor Carl …

Biofuels Present Solution to Harmful Airborne Chemicals
September 11, 2016 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by David Vandergriend (Sacramento Bee)   … But the day-to-day threat facing many communities doesn’t come from carbon. It comes from airborne chemicals with less attention-grabbing names like volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate …

U.S. Refiners Revamp Operations as Renewable Fuel Costs Surge
September 9, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters/Yahoo! Finance)  …  The alternative is for merchant refiners to increase their ability to blend ethanol. PBF Energy is the latest refiner to take this approach.
PBF has asked Delaware regulators …

Refiner Cuts Costs, Offers Buyouts as Ethanol Credits Rise
September 9, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Barbara J Powell (Bloomberg)   …  RINS aren’t the real problem for the Philadelphia refinery, Robert Campbell, head of oil products research for London-based Energy Aspects, said in a telephone interview today.
“East Coast refiners are …

Tesoro to Acquire Virent
September 8, 2016 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Wisconsin, Tesoro reached an agreement for Tesoro to acquire Virent. The acquisition, the partners said, will support the scale up and commercialization of Virent’s BioForming technology for the production …

Delaware City Refinery Wants Permit to Expand Operations
September 8, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/Delaware Online)  PBF Energy wants to significantly increase the amount of biofuel being stored at and shipped from its Delaware City refinery.
The company plans to go from handling about 84,000 gallons …

RTI International Awarded Project to Support Development of Advanced Biofuels
August 30, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(RTI International)  The U.S. Department of Energy awarded RTI International a project to support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels or products.
As part of the more than …

RINferno
August 17, 2016 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Let me see if we got this right. Donald Trump loves the Renewable Fuel Standard  —   Carl Icahn loves Donald Trump   —   Therefore, Carl Icahn hates the Renewable Fuel Standard
With that, …

No Petroleum Required: U.S. Navy Completes Sea Trial with ARA’s 100% Drop-in Renewable Diesel Fuel
August 8, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(ARA)  For the first time ever a Navy ship has operated on a 100 percent drop-in renewable diesel fuel. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division’s (NSWC PHD) Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) completed final-phase …

Understanding Octane Value in North America
July 18, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Tyler Wilson and Uday Turaga (ADI Analytics)  The value of an octane barrel has risen significantly in recent years going from $2.30 in 2010 to $3.58 in 2015. This has surprised industry analysts since the …

Will the Gas Bubble Burst? More Projects Struggle for GTL Finance
July 8, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Remember how natural gas was the no-brainer of all time. Gas-to-Liquids was the rage, and a gold rush of companies popped up such as Siluria Technologies, Calysta, and Mango Materials. …

The Gas-to-Isobutanol Gambit: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Intrexon
June 30, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Intrexon’s proprietary methanotroph bioconversion platform has the potential to transform the gas-to-liquids industry through use of optimized microbial cell lines to convert natural gas into higher carbon compounds such as …

Intrexon: Will Its GTL Business Arrive in 2018?
June 30, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The indictment was handed down this week in The Motley Fool, which averred:  While investors have been told to expect the natural gas-to-fuels platform to be commercialized by 2018, real-world indicators …

Valero Presses EPA for RFS Change
June 14, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  US Environmental Protection Agency administrators should shift the burden of US biofuel blending mandates closer to retail stations, US independent refiner Valero said today.
The company, one of the largest US producers of both …

RES-T-BIOPLANT: Towards Advanced Biofuels – Options for Integrating 1st and 2nd Generation Biofuel Production
May 20, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment)  The integration of advanced (2nd generation / 2G) biofuel plants with conventional (1st generation / 1G) biofuel plants can lead to significant synergies and cost savings, especially …

US EPA ‘Analyzing’ Potential Shift in RFS Obligation from Refiners to Blenders
March 18, 2016 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency is considering a request by several independent refiners to shift the responsibility for complying with the federal biofuels mandate to blenders, a top agency official said Wednesday.
But …

Clean Fuels Shaping up as Fight of the Year in Sacramento
March 16, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Laurel Rosenhall (CALmatters/San Francisco Chronicle) A Harvard economist known globally for his work on climate change policy sat in the Sacramento office of the oil industry’s lobbying firm recently, making the case that California is fighting …

Virent Announces Strategic Collaboration with Tesoro to Advance the Commercialization of Virent’s BioForming Technology for Low Carbon Fuels and Chemicals
February 1, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Virent)  Virent has entered into a new strategic relationship with Tesoro to accelerate the development and commercialization of Virent’s BioForming technology to produce cost effective, low-carbon, drop-in, bio-based fuels and chemicals. The agreement provides funding …

Ensyn Nabs Chevron Exec as New CEO
January 29, 2016 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jeffrey Jacobs, who served as Vice President of Chevron Technology Ventures until his recent retirement from Chevron, was appointed CEO of Ensyn Corporation and elected to its Board of Directors. …

U.S. Oil Refiners Look Abroad for Crude Supplies as North Dakota Boom Fades
November 4, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Catherine Ngai (Reuters) … North Dakota’s Bakken production peaked at 1.153 million barrels per day in June, and had fallen to 1.13 million barrels per day by August, according to state data.
The …

Low Carbon Fuel Project Inches Closer to Construction
February 8, 2015 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hixson (Journal of Commerce)  Blue Fuel Energy, based in Victoria, plans to make its final decision on a $2.5 billion gas refinery at the end of the year. The renewables and natural gas-to-gasoline plant …

A Different Perspective on Getting Through the Ethanol Blendwall
May 9, 2014 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by John Kingston (Platts: The Barrel) Anna Temple of WoodMac tried at the annual AFPM meeting to put one aspect of the ethanol issue into a highly consumable number: eight.
The Houston-based downstream consultant, in one part of …

RFA Answers Anti-Ethanol Speculation from Joint Economic Committee Hearing
May 2, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/BioFuelsChat.com)  …Specifically, (Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob) Dinneen noted two driving factors that have led to refinery shutterings on the East Coast:
First, most East Coast refineries cannot process the lower-cost types of …

Ethanol Vital If Refineries Shut- Katter
February 22, 2012 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Big Pond News)  Australia will need a vibrant bio-fuel industry more than ever if Caltex decides to close its refineries, independent MP Bob Katter says.
Caltex Australia has flagged shutting its two domestic refineries in Sydney …

Independents Seen Dominating US Refining Industry -Deloitte
February 13, 2012 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Fox Business News)   Independent refiners are destined to be in the driver’s seat of the U.S. refining industry as integrated oil companies increasingly shed refining assets, according to analysts at Deloitte LLP.
In a report released Wednesday, the consultancy …

OriginOil Announces It Can Produce Algae Fuel In Existing Oil Refineries
January 30, 2012 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Demorro (Gas2) …But new research shows that our existing oil refineries could process crude algae oil, meaning most of the infrastructure is already in place.
OriginOil, a leader in algae fuel research, has announced …

Thai Oil Looking at Gasohol, Ethanol, Solar
July 5, 2010 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(The Nation)  Amid downturn in refining industry, company looks at alternative sources of energy.   
Environmental crises aside, the downturn and volatility in the oil-refining industry is pushing Thai Oil towards becoming an energy converting company and …