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Biofuels Continued from page 17 July 2010 and June 2011. Nevertheless, he twice persuaded an outside engineer that the facility was a biodiesel producer as essenƟal steps to registering and claiming renewable fuel incenƟves. In addiƟon, Chad Ducey worked with Wilson and others to try to establish “beachheads” in Texas, which is a fuel transload facility used to disguise the transfer of biodiesel to an e-biofuels customer from a Texas fuel terminal where it was purchased. Workers at e-biofuels called these remote, no-producƟon transfers “ghost loads” and the transload facility was planned to hide those loads. Ghost loads occurred in Texas and between fuel terminals and e-biofuels customers in Illinois, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. In a separate case, William Letona, an employee of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor, pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a scheme to alter and destroy documents following the company’s receipt of a subpoena issued by a federal grand jury. Letona admiƩed to conspiring with others to obstruct a grand jury investigating the fraudulent generaƟon of renewable fuels credits (known as RINs) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax credits connected to the purported producƟon of renewable fuel. Specifically, documents were falsified and destroyed in order to hide the fact that fuel purchased from a broker by Letona’s employer, Unity Fuels, was sold back to the broker as “recycled vegetable oil blend.” This maneuver enabled RIN and IRS credits to be claimed mulƟple Ɵmes on the same material. Renewable Diesel Arrives in Finland Neste has launched a renewable diesel made from waste and residues under the brand name Neste MY Renewable Diesel, which replaces the previous brand name NEXBTL, at select service staƟons in Finland’s Helsinki region. The wastebased fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent throughout the life cycle of the fuel compared to convenƟonal diesel. The product is priced somewhat higher than Neste Pro Diesel, which contains at least 15 percent renewable diesel. In addiƟon, Neste has signed partnership agreements with Schenker Oy and Lassila and Tikanoja for use of Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Some 20 Schenker vans and trucks in the Helsinki metropolitan area and six to eight transportaƟon vehicles in Turku will be fueled by the renewable diesel while select waste transportaƟon vehicles in Lassila and Tikanoja’s Helsinki metro-area fleet will use the fuel. In December 2016, Neste and Lassila and Tikanoja worked together in a campaign that encouraged people to recycle the waste fat from their roast ham to be used as a feedstock for renewable diesel. Lassila and Tikanoja collected the waste fat donated from 40,000 homes and transported it to preprocessing. Neste then turned the fat into 2,600 gallons of renewable diesel. In late November, the government of Finland approved a new naƟonal Energy and Climate Strategy outlining how the country plans to reach both domesƟc and European Union climate targets by 2030. In the outline, Finland’s government set a goal to have the share of renewables in the Finnish energy pool surpass 50 percent during the 2020s, with a long-term goal of reaching carbon neutrality. The share of biofuels in the fuel pool will be increased to 30 percent by 2030 as part of emission reducƟon plans’ special focus on road transport, where the government said the potenƟal for reducƟon is the greatest. Finland also wants to speed up renewing its car fleet and have 250,000 electric and 50,000 gas-fueled vehicles on the road by the end of the strategy. Subsidies for investment will be targeted primarily at commercializing new technology and at the burden-sharing sector, with a focus on advanced biofuel faciliƟes. Imports of petroleum products – including petrol, diesel, fuel oil, jet fuel, and kerosene – for domesƟc use will be decreased by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The government is also examining further steps to steer Finland toward an energy economy based enƟrely on renewables by 2050. Singapore Companies Buy Arkansas Biodiesel Plant Two Singapore-based companies, Agritrade Resources Ltd. and Solfuels Holdings Pte Ltd., have jointly acquired the former Delta American Fuel LLC biodiesel plant in Helena, Arkansas. The 40-million-gallon-per-year facility originally built to process soybean oil has been idle for an extended period of Ɵme. The new owners will retrofit the plant to use mulƟ- feedstocks, including yellow grease, animal fats, inedible corn oil, and refined vegetable oil and expect it to be operaƟonal by April 2017. Agritrade Resources is an integrated energy and shipping soluƟons provider while Solfuels is an experienced biofuel operator. R www.rendermagazine.com Render February 2017 23


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