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Organization, Presentation, and Nature of the Business

Organization, Presentation, and Nature of the Business
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Organization, Presentation, and Nature of the Business
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "REG") is a company focused on providing cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. Today, we principally generate revenue as a leading North American biofuels producer with a nationwide distribution and logistics system. The Company participates in each aspect of biomass-based diesel production, from acquiring feedstock, managing construction and operating biomass-based diesel production facilities, to marketing, selling and distributing biomass-based diesel and its co-products. To do this, REG utilizes this nationwide production, distribution and logistics system as part of an integrated value chain model to focus on converting natural fats, oils and greases into advanced biofuels and converting diverse feedstocks into renewable chemicals.
Upon completion of acquiring the remaining interest in Petrotec AG as further discussed in Note 4 - Acquisitions, the Company owns and operates fourteen biorefineries, with twelve locations in North America and two locations in Europe, which includes thirteen operating biomass-based diesel production facilities with aggregate nameplate production capacity of 502 million gallons per year, or mmgy, and one fermentation facility. REG has one feedstock processing facility. The Company's network includes the addition of a 20-million gallon nameplate capacity biomass-based diesel refinery located in DeForest, Wisconsin, acquired in March 2016. Nine of these plants are “multi-feedstock capable” which allows them to use a broad range of lower cost feedstocks, such as inedible corn oil, used cooking oil and inedible animal fats in addition to vegetable oils, such as soybean oil and canola oil.
The Company also has three partially constructed production facilities and one non-operational production facility. The Company will need to raise additional capital to complete construction of these plants and fund working capital requirements. It is uncertain when financing will be available. During fourth quarter 2016, the Company wrote down the carrying value at its Emporia facility to its estimated salvage value due to competition from foreign, imported product and the probability of that project being completed in the near term is unlikely.
The biomass-based diesel industry and the Company’s business have benefited from the continuation of certain federal and state incentives. The federal biodiesel mixture excise tax credit (the "BTC") was reinstated for 2015, in effect throughout 2016 and lapsed on January 1, 2017. It is uncertain whether the BTC will be reinstated thereafter. The expiration along with other amendments of any one or more of those laws, could adversely affect the financial results of the Company.