Biofuel Briefs

Jobe Leaves NBB After 20 Years to Pursue Other Opportunities

CRANBURY, N.J. (DTN) -- National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe leaves trade association after nearly 20 years with the organization to pursue other opportunities, NBB said in a statement on Thursday, May 5.

Jobe began with NBB in 1997 and was named CEO in 1999. During his tenure with the trade association, the industry expanded from 200,000 gallons of production to more than two billion gallons projected for this year.

"I want to thank the National Biodiesel Board for giving me the opportunity to work in an industry that is helping to change the world," Jobe said. "I love this industry -- the hard-working people, the visionary leaders, and the product that I will continue to use every day. Now is a good time for me to pursue a different path. Biodiesel is positioned to lead the carbon reduction goals of the nation and I can't wait to see what biodiesel does next."

UNICA: Brazil's Ethanol Output, Sales Rose in 2015-16

NEW YORK (DTN) -- The Union of Sugarcane Industry Association, Brazil's largest trade group for sugarcane and ethanol producers, reported the final results of the 2015/2016 crop year that ended March 31, saying sugarcane processing in the country's South-central region totaled about 618 billion liters, up 8.0% year-over-year.

The report said 28.2 billion liters of ethanol was produced during the just-ended crop year, up 2.0 billion liters or 7.1% year-over-year. Of that total production, 10.6 billion liters of ethanol were anhydrous while 17.6 billion liters were hydrous.

Brazil's new 2016/2017 crop year started April 1.

On ethanol sales, the report said 29.27 billion liters of ethanol were sold during the 2015/2016 crop year, up 16.26% year-over-year. Of that total, 27.34 billion liters or 93.4% were sold locally. For the month of March, 2.24 billion liters of ethanol were sold, down 13% month-over-month.

The United States is among the countries that imports Brazilian ethanol.

REG Buys Wis. Biodiesel Refinery

OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- Renewable Energy Group, Inc. completed its acquisition Tuesday, March 15, of Sanimax Energy's 20-million-gallon nameplate capacity biodiesel refinery located in DeForest, Wisconsin.

REG paid Sanimax $11 million in cash and issued 500,000 shares of REG common stock in exchange for the biorefinery and related assets. REG may also pay Sanimax up to an additional $5 million in cash over a period of up to seven years after closing based on the volume of biodiesel produced at the plant, which is now called REG Madison, LLC.

"We are very pleased to have successfully closed this transaction in a short amount of time and are already producing REG-9000 biodiesel at the plant," said Brad Albin, REG vice president, manufacturing. "We welcome the newest members of our team at REG Madison and are proud to be a part of the DeForest community."

Most of the biodiesel employees have agreed to stay on with REG.

The biorefinery, located just north of Madison, Wisconsin, began production in 2007. The facility has both truck and rail capabilities.

This is the first Wisconsin plant for REG, which now owns and operates 11 active biomass-based diesel refineries in seven states with a combined nameplate production capacity of 452 million gallons annually.