Renewable Energy Group to close Texas biodiesel plant
26 July 2019
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. announced the closing of its New Boston, Texas biorefinery due to challenging business conditions and continued federal policy uncertainty, most notably the long-lapsed federal biodiesel tax credit.
The company acquired the 15-million gallon per-year biodiesel plant near Texarkana, Texas in October 2012 and began producing biodiesel there several months later. The facility is capable of running both high and low free fatty acid feedstocks and has truck and rail access.
We truly appreciate all the efforts of our team and those that support our New Boston plant. They significantly improved safety, demonstrated capacity, yield, quality and costs. However, these improvements could not overcome the unfavorable economics of the plant relative to our other options for ongoing focus and forward investment.—Brad Albin, Vice President of Manufacturing
The company is currently working with plant employees on relocation opportunities within the production network.
This closure comes today as a result of the poor economics over the last 18 months resulting in large part from the uncertainty surrounding the Biodiesel Tax Credit. Despite significant bipartisan support, Congress’ inaction on this value-added incentive has led to unsustainable market conditions.—Cynthia J. Warner, REG President and CEO
REG is an international producer of cleaner fuels and North America’s largest producer of biodiesel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution and logistics network to operate 14 biorefineries in the US and Europe. In 2018, REG produced 502 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering more than 4 million metric tons of carbon reduction.
No subsidies or mandates, goes out of business. This is the story of "renewables" in a nutshell.
Posted by: Engineer-Poet | 26 July 2019 at 11:23 AM
Real REs such as Solar-Wind-Hydro and associated storage units are all growing at a very fast rate and will supply over 50% to 60% of the energy market by 2050.
Nuclear, fossil and bio-fuels are progressively being reduced to less than 40% to 50% of the energy market by 2050.
Smart grid or grid 2.0 will be progressively introduced to better manage energy exchange and allow more and more clean 24/7 REs operation with reduced storage units.
Posted by: HarveyD | 27 July 2019 at 10:38 AM
By the way, fossil and bio-fossil fuels all still getting hugh subsidies in most industrialized countries, including USA and Canada.
Clean Hydro gets NO subsidies in our region but we pay a 15% (Federal and Provincial) service tax on every kWh we use and on connect charges, We (the Provincial Government) collects 50% yearly Dividend (about $2.5B/year) on Hydro's net profits.
Posted by: HarveyD | 27 July 2019 at 11:10 AM