Chevron-REG closing 2 biodiesel plants: Update:

  • Spanish Market: Biofuels
  • 01/03/24

Adds information on Iowa Chevron-REG plant closure

Chevron's renewable fuels business unit is closing indefinitely two biodiesel plants in Wisconsin and Iowa "due to market conditions," according to the company.

The closures of Chevron-REG's 2,000 b/d Madison, Wisconsin, and 3,000 b/d Ralston, Iowa, plants come on the heels of deteriorating production economics for biodiesel, with a low Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for producers and extensive renewable diesel (RD) capacity coming online this year.

The Argus RVO has hovered at four year lows amid a tidal wave of D4 renewable information number (RIN) credit generation brought about by rising levels of RD production. In 2023, 7.96bn D4 RINs were generated — a 38pc increase compared with 2022 generation figures.

US annualized RD capacity in 2023 was 3.4bn USG and could grow to 4.9bn by 2025.

RD can be used as a drop-in fuel in place of petroleum diesel. Producers of RD receive more RIN credits than producers of biodiesel, leaving those plants less competitive, according to participants.

Chevron-REG has seven biodiesel plants in the midcontinent, totaling 21,000 b/d of output, including its DeForest plant, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).


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Amapá cancela regime especial de ICMS


18/04/24
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Amapá cancela regime especial de ICMS

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18/04/24
18/04/24

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Canada furthers investment in GHG reductions


18/04/24
18/04/24

Canada furthers investment in GHG reductions

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