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RFS in Distress

Industry calls for increased biofuel volumes and significant reforms to waiver process
Last month, the National Biodiesel Board submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule. NBB argued that EPA must… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/rfs-distress/

Biofuel Blenders Seek Market Opportunities

As Northeast heating oil industry commits to net-zero future, Renewable Energy Group stands ready to help
Sorting through the alphabet soup of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), with its Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs – more on these below) and small-refiner exemptions (SREs),… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/biofuel-blenders-seek-market-opportunities/

From Truck to Burner

Preparing the customer’s systems for today’s changing fuels
There’s an old example that illustrates fuel destabilization in a scenario familiar to just about everyone. Spring arrives and you go into your garage or shed to take out the… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/truck-burner/

Biodiesel Is King in California

New data from California’s Air Resources Board confirms key role of biodiesel and renewable diesel in CO2 reductions
According to new data gathered from the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program run by the California Air Resources Board, biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel deliver the state’s… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/biodiesel-king-california/

Feedstock Flexibility

An interesting experiment with heating oil dealers and fleets in the Northeast would be to line up common biodiesel feedstocks and ask them which one is the best. Soybean oil, distillers corn oil, canola oil, poultry fat, beef tallow and used cooking o…
Creating High-Quality Biodiesel Regardless of Feedstock An interesting experiment with heating oil dealers and fleets in the Northeast would be to line up common biodiesel… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/feedstock-flexibility1/

Biofuel Feedstock Overview

The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel market has grown tremendously from 2007 to 2017. According to the EPA Moderated Transaction System (EMTS), 2.65 billion gallons were purchased in 2017, up from just 450 million in 2007. Of these 2.65 billion, just 8…
The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel market has grown tremendously from 2007 to 2017. According to the EPA Moderated Transaction System (EMTS), 2.65 billion gallons were… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/biofuel-feedstock-overview/

RINderella – A Fuel Story

“How do RINs work and who profits?” Those were the questions Sandra Dunphy attempted to answer at the Southern New England Energy Conference, September 25. It’s a tall order for anyone, because the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market is notorious…
“How do RINs work and who profits?” Those were the questions Sandra Dunphy attempted to answer at the Southern New England Energy Conference, September 25. It’s a tall order for… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/rinderella-fuel-story/

Top Trends in the Heating Oil Market and How to Apply Them This Season

Heating oil season is just beginning, so let’s examine some of the key takeaways from last winter and how they could impact this season:
Heating oil season is just beginning, so let’s examine some of the key takeaways from last winter and how they could impact this season: Up and down temps Supply challenges… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/top-trends-heating-oil-market-and-how-apply-them-season/

With Winter Approaching, Biodiesel Is Showing Its Value

Two events are approaching that should make biodiesel top of mind for fuel marketers, including those doing business in the heating oil market in the Northeast.
Two events are approaching that should make biodiesel top of mind for fuel marketers, including those doing business in the heating oil market in the Northeast. One is updated… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/winter-approaching-biodiesel-showing-its-value/

Renewing or Refining the RFS

The first Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS1, was passed into law as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded into RFS2 with the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. As chief counsel at the Senate Committee on Environment a…
The first Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS1, was passed into law as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded into RFS2 with the passage of the Energy Independence and… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/renewing-or-refining-rfs/

“Exploring Biodiesel” in Boston and Philadelphia

How does the biodiesel supply chain actually work? Isn’t there already some biofuel in all distillate? How much higher can we expect these these blends to go? What are the pricing points downstream? What about best practices? Who are these incentives for,…
How does the biodiesel supply chain actually work? Isn’t there already some biofuel in all distillate? How much higher can we expect these these blends to go? What are the pricing… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/exploring-biodiesel-boston-and-philadelphia/

The Science Behind the Supply

Energy can be neither created nor destroyed. In an industry built around fuel production, refinement, delivery, and consumption, it’s easy to overlook the law of conservation, which is key to our understanding of all physical relationships, including the …
Energy can be neither created nor destroyed. In an industry built around fuel production, refinement, delivery, and consumption, it’s easy to overlook the law of conservation,… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/science-behind-supply/

MEMA & DOER Present Webinar on Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard

On Tuesday, March 6, the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association (MEMA) and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) presented a webinar by DOER titled “Biofuels in the Massachusetts Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.” Over 110 indivi…
On Tuesday, March 6, the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association (MEMA) and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) presented a webinar by DOER titled “Biofuels in… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/mema-doer-present-webinar-alternative-energy-portfolio-standard/

IRS Issues Special One-Time Claim Procedures for Retroactive Tax Credits

The IRS has issued special one-time claim procedures — IRS Notice 2018-21 — for payment of the $1.00-per-gallon biodiesel blender credit, and the $0.50-per gallon alternative fuel credit and alternative fuel mixture credit. Congress retroactively reinstat…
The IRS has issued special one-time claim procedures — IRS Notice 2018-21 — for payment of the $1.00-per-gallon biodiesel blender credit, and the $0.50-per gallon alternative fuel… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/irs-issues-special-one-time-claim-procedures-retroactive-tax-credits/

Biodiesel Tax Credit Welcomed, But Uncertainty Lingers

In the early morning hours of Friday, February 9, Congress approved a $320 billion, two-year budget deal that funds the government through March 23. The bill included short-term extensions to certain business and individual tax provisions, or “tax exte…
In the early morning hours of Friday, February 9, Congress approved a $320 billion, two-year budget deal that funds the government through March 23. The bill included… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/biodiesel-tax-credit-welcomed-uncertainty-lingers/

Tariffs Stymie Biodiesel Imports

Domestic Producers Look to Fill Gaps in Supply Chain
Domestic Producers Look to Fill Gaps in Supply Chain It doesn’t take special glasses to see a correlation between the imposition of tariffs on Argentinian biodiesel imported into… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/tariffs-stymie-biodiesel-imports/

Massachusetts Looks Ahead to APS Rollout

By this time next year (or maybe sooner), Massachusetts retailers selling bio-blended heating oil could potentially be collecting financial incentives as high as 65 cents per gallon of biodiesel delivered to their customers. To get to the “why” and “how” …
By this time next year (or maybe sooner), Massachusetts retailers selling bio-blended heating oil could potentially be collecting financial incentives as high as 65 cents per… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/massachusetts-looks-ahead-aps-rollout/

NY Governor Signs Downstate B5 Law

With more than 1.8 million oil-heated homes, New York has the largest heating oil market of any state in the country. Consisting of Westchester County, New York City, Nassau County, and Suffolk County, the downstate region alone contains more than 1.3 mil…
Legislation takes effect July 1, 2018 With more than 1.8 million oil-heated homes, New York has the largest heating oil market of any state in the country. Consisting of… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/ny-governor-signs-downstate-b5-law/

DOE Publishes Guidelines for Biodiesel Blending

The U.S. Department of Energy recently published the Fifth Edition of the Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide. The following information is excerpted from the manual’s section on biodiesel blending. Most biodiesel users purchase finished B20 or lower blen…
The U.S. Department of Energy recently published the Fifth Edition of the Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide. The following information is excerpted from the manual’s section on… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/doe-publishes-guidelines-biodiesel-blending/

One Step Closer

Legislation introduced by New York State Senator Phil Boyle and New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright, which would require that “on and after July 1, 2018, all heating oil sold for use in any building within the counties of Nassau, Suffolk and West…
Legislation introduced by New York State Senator Phil Boyle and New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright, which would require that “on and after July 1, 2018, all heating oil… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/one-step-closer/

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