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A West Coast Reduction worker inspects a shipment being delivered to their location for export at the Port of Vancouver.

Renewable diesel boom highlights challenges in clean-energy transition

As the industry scrambles to meet new demand, agriculture could benefit

Reuters – For 17 years, trucker Colin Birch has been hitting the highways to collect used cooking oil from restaurants. He works for Vancouver-based renderer West Coast Reduction, which processes the grease into a material to make renewable diesel, a clean-burning road fuel. That job has recently got much harder. Birch is caught between soaring



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U.S. oil industry seeks unusual alliance with Farm Belt against electric vehicle agenda

'We weren't born yesterday'

New York | Reuters — The U.S. oil industry is seeking to forge an alliance with the nation’s corn growers and biofuel producers to lobby against the Biden administration’s push for electric vehicles, but is so far meeting a cool reception, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions. The effort marks an unusual attempt

The Big River Resources ethanol plant at West Burlington, Iowa, about 120 km southwest of Davenport. (Steven Vaughn photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Trump administration mulls industry-wide biofuel waiver

Comment period would end after Trump's exit

New York | Reuters — The Trump administration is considering requests from the oil refining industry and its backers for a sweeping nationwide waiver to exempt them from their obligations to blend biofuels, a measure they argue would help them weather the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency

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Biden transition team holds talks with biofuel groups -sources

New York | Reuters – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has held calls with biofuel groups on topics including compliance with U.S. biofuel blending laws and Biden’s low-carbon climate vision, according to two sources familiar with the conversations. The discussions with biofuel trade groups as well as POET, a top company in the cellulosic




American biofuel sector may have to rely on U.S. agriculture secretary for relief — senator

American biofuel sector may have to rely on U.S. agriculture secretary for relief — senator

Reuters – The U.S. biofuel industry may have to depend on U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for aid assistance, Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa said August 4 after Senate Republicans unveiled a COVID-19 relief package that did not include more specific appropriations for the industry. A provision of the US$1-trillion HEALS Act, introduced by Senate Republicans in late


The worst may be behind us, ethanol industry says

The biofuels sector is inching back from collapse after COVID kept roads empty

Reuters – The U.S. industry is showing some signs of recovery as governments ease stay-at-home orders that depressed fuel demand, while federal aid could be on the horizon for U.S. producers, industry officials said. Fuel demand collapsed by about a third with the spread of the novel coronavirus this spring, and U.S. ethanol production capacity

Coolant shortage a side-effect of coronavirus

Fuel demand crash shuts U.S. ethanol plants, so meat packers lack refrigerant

Reuters – Meat packers are being hit with an unexpected side-effect of coronavirus dampening fuel demand. A slew of U.S. ethanol plants have shut down, and meat packers have been hit by a worrying side-effect: less carbon dioxide is now available to chill beef, poultry and pork. “We’re headed for a train wreck in terms of the CO2