ADDING MULTIMEDIA Renewable Energy Group Celebrates Minnesota Biorefinery Expansion

  ADDING MULTIMEDIA Renewable Energy Group Celebrates Minnesota Biorefinery
  Expansion

  Sen. Al Franken Visits Upgraded Biodiesel Plant, Touts Success of Advanced
                                   Biofuel

Business Wire

ALBERT LEA, Minn. -- August 29, 2013

Renewable Energy Group^® (NASDAQ: REGI) celebrated completion of upgrades to
its 30-million gallon biodiesel refinery in southern Minnesota with a ribbon
cutting and visit by U.S. Senator Al Franken, along with state and local
leaders.

REG began the $21 million project last October to upgrade the Albert Lea
biorefinery, which enables the plant to utilize multiple raw materials such as
waste animal fats and greases and inedible corn oil, in addition to the
refined vegetable oils the facility was originally built to process. The
project was completed in June.

“We completed the upgrades at REG Albert Lea on time and on budget,” said
Daniel J. Oh, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. President and Chief Executive
Officer. “That is a testament to the hard work of our team and contractors.”

Within days of start-up, all biodiesel produced at Albert Lea met the
company’s REG-9000^® quality specifications, which exceed the industry’s ASTM
B100 standard. Multi-feedstock biodiesel has been available at Albert Lea
since June 19. The upgrade project supported between 70 and 80 construction
jobs.

REG initially constructed the facility for SoyMor in 2005 before acquiring it
in 2011. With the recent acquisition of the former SoyEnergy, LLC plant in
nearby Mason City, Iowa, REG now has 8 active biorefineries in 5 states with a
combined annual production capacity of more than 255 million gallons.

“With these upgrades, REG Albert Lea stands ready to supply more high-quality
biodiesel in Minnesota as the state prepares to increase its blending from B5
to B10,” Oh said. “Minnesota is one of a growing number of states that
recognize how biodiesel helps make us more energy secure and environmentally
sustainable.”

Sen. Franken, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural
Resources Energy Subcommittee, says the Albert Lea plant is one shining
example of how biodiesel is a true success story of the Renewable Fuels
Standard.

“As a member of the Senate Energy Committee, I know Minnesota has always been
a leader in renewable energies like biodiesel because they are so important to
our state's economic and energy future,”said Franken.“This expansion of
REG's biorefinery has not only created jobs, but also will contribute to
reducing our reliance on foreign oil and keeping our environment clean.I
congratulate REG on its upgrade and for its efforts to keep our state on the
forefront of this important industry.”

Also on hand for the celebration were Minnesota Assistant Commissioner of
Agriculture Charlie Poster, State Senator Dan Sparks, State Representative
Shannon Savick and a host of local and area civic leaders and project
contractors.

Renewable Energy Group^® is a leading North American biodiesel producer with a
nationwide distribution and logistics system. Utilizing an integrated value
chain model, Renewable Energy Group is focused on converting natural fats,
oils and greases into advanced biofuels. With more than 255 million gallons of
owned/operated annual production capacity at biorefineries across the country,
REG is a proven biodiesel partner in the distillate marketplace.

For more than a decade, REG has been a reliable supplier of biodiesel which
meets or exceeds ASTM quality specifications. We sell REG-9000^® biodiesel to
distributors so Americans can have cleaner burning fuels that help lessen our
dependence on foreign oil. REG-9000^® branded biodiesel is distributed in
nearly every state in the U.S.

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Renewable Energy Group
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Anthony Hulen, 703-822-1972
Anthony.hulen@REGI.com
 
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