Biodiesel Bulletin

The Biodiesel Bulletin is published monthly by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

August 1, 2017  
EPA's Latest Proposal Fails to Acknowledge Continued Growth of Biodiesel Industry

New Biodiesel Additive Helps California reach Environmental Goals

What can Green do for you?

From Gross to Green, Biodiesel Diversity Stands Out

Biodiesel Industry Jobs Support Hard Working Americans

Biodiesel Supports America From Coast to Coast

National Biodiesel Board Honors Long-Tenured Employees

EPA's Latest Proposal Fails to Acknowledge Continued Growth of Biodiesel Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its proposal for volumes of renewable fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2018 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2019, recommending lower volumes of advanced biofuels from the previous year.

The proposal would keep the biomass-based diesel volume at 2.1 billion gallons for 2019, like the finalized 2018 volume. EPA also proposed a 2018 advanced-biofuel volume of 4.24 billion gallons for 2018, down from 4.28 billion gallons for 2017. Targets like this ignore reality and the law, inhibiting growth in the industry.

“This proposal underestimates the ability of the biomass-based diesel industry to meet the volumes of the RFS program,” said National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen “Higher advanced-biofuel and biomass-based diesel volumes will support additional jobs and investment across the country. EPA should be committed to diversifying the diesel fuel market with advanced biofuels.”

NBB and others throughout the biodiesel industry support increases in the volumes, believing the agency must be more aggressive in meeting Congress’s goals to prioritize and move this country toward advanced biofuels. This would create jobs, improve the economy, and benefit public health and the environment across the country.

“This is only a proposal. In the past, EPA's final numbers have been higher than those in the proposal, and NBB will continue to work with EPA to achieve higher volumes of biodiesel and other advanced biofuels,” said Rehagen.

The RFS—a bipartisan policy passed in 2005 and signed into law by President George W. Bush—requires increasing volumes of renewable fuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel stream. The law is divided into two broad categories: conventional biofuels, which must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent, and advanced biofuels, which must have a 50 percent reduction. Biodiesel has made up the vast majority of advanced biofuel production under the RFS to date.

You can help by making your voice heard at NBB’s Fueling Action Page.




 New Biodiesel Additive Helps California Reach Environmental Goals

The California Air Resource Board announced that it has certified a biodiesel additive that will make B20 blends in California the cleanest proven and tested diesel fuel with the lowest emissions profile available anywhere in the U.S.

“Biodiesel has been a key to help California meet its intense carbon reduction goals. With this announcement, America’s Advanced Biofuel will continue to deliver a cleaner burning, American made alternative under the state’s low carbon fuel standard,” said Donnell Rehagen, National Biodiesel Board CEO. “Biodiesel will gladly take the role as the cleanest certified diesel fuel available.”

The additive takes already clean-burning biodiesel and ensures it reduces every measurable regulated emission, including NOx, when blended with California’s unique diesel formulation called CARB diesel. NBB led the initial research and development into the additive to maintain biodiesel’s competitive advantage under the state’s low carbon fuel standard.

Branded VESTA™1000, the CARB certified additive ensures compliance with the January 1, 2018 implementation of CARB’s Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. A 20 percent blend of biodiesel with VESTA™ 1000 reduced NOx by 1.9 percent and particulate matter by 18 percent compared to CARB diesel fuel. California Fueling, LLC will produce the formula, and Pacific Fuel Resource, LLC will deliver the product to market. The two companies will work cooperatively with NBB members as well as those in the California fuel community to support the ongoing use of biodiesel diesel blends up to B20.

“As a result of this effort, biodiesel will continue to play a major role in helping Californians meet their renewable energy and clean air goals,” said Paul Nazzaro, President, Pacific Fuel Resource, LLC. “By increasing biodiesel use up to a B20 blend, estimated to be an additional 600 million gallons of cleaner-burning biodiesel annually, California can now achieve its goals under the LCFS.”




What can Green do for you?

Biodiesel continues to be used by fleets across the country due to its emissions reductions and environmental benefits. UPS recently announced ambitious new sustainability goals including a 12 percent reduction to their greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. To do this, they have decided to increase their use of alternative fuels like biodiesel by over 20 percent.

“Because of our size and scale, we know our commitments can shape markets, advance technologies and be a catalyst for infrastructure investments,” said David Abney, UPS chairman and CEO. “We rely on the ingenuity of our employees, suppliers and technology partners to help us reach goals that will transform the shipping industry and spur innovation.”

Biodiesel is an obvious choice for fleets like UPS to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the EPA, biodiesel can reduce emissions by as much as 80 percent compared to petroleum diesel.

Not only does biodiesel help reduce emissions, fleets like UPS love it because it is safer to handle and store. In fact, biodiesel is less toxic than table salt, and biodegrades as fast as sugar. Biodiesel also has a higher flashpoint than petroleum diesel, which is the temperature that fuel combusts at. This means that biodiesel is less likely to ignite accidentally at lower temperatures.

UPS is not the first fleet to use biodiesel to reach for higher sustainability goals, and they won’t be the last. From lowering emissions to being safer to handle and store, biodiesel is the right choice for fleets.



From Gross to Green, Biodiesel Diversity Stands Out

The diversity of biodiesel feedstocks continues to be a huge benefit to the biodiesel industry. While soybean oil, animal fats, and used cooking oil are used the most, scientists continue to discover and use new feedstocks to create America’s Advanced Biofuel.

One way that scientists are producing biodiesel is from wastewater treatment scum. In the process of cleaning dirty water, scum -- a white, muddy byproduct -- is produced. Normally the scum has no use and ends up in a landfill, but a team from the University of Minnesota has learned how to recycle it into biodiesel. The local wastewater treatment plant in St. Paul, MN produces roughly 3.5 tons of scum a day, all of which can be turned into close to 200,000 gallons of biodiesel each year.

In North Carolina, the same type of scum is being used as fertilizer for sunflowers. Once these sunflowers mature, the oil from their seeds is used to create biodiesel. The plant operators are able to treat the water, use the excess scum produced, and create biodiesel all in one place.

Other countries are seeing the benefits of this diversity as well, as Chilean scientists look further into turning microalgae into clean burning biodiesel. The scientists say that biodiesel made from microalgae could power buses and trucks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 percent, possibly curbing pollution in contaminated cities like Santiago.

All of these diverse feedstocks help make biodiesel an effective fuel throughout the country and the world. This diversity allows production to continue regardless of feedstock availability, and more production only means more benefits as biodiesel fuels vehicles from coast to coast.



Biodiesel Industry Jobs Support Hard Working Americans

Throughout the country, everyday citizens are working in great careers, thanks to America’s Advanced Biofuel.

Matthew Jaeger grew up on a farm in Minneola, Kansas. As a third generation farmer, he has always been passionate about farming and agriculture. In 2007, he and his brother, Luke, launched Emergent Green Energy—a Kansas based biodiesel plant—out of a need to find affordable fuel for their farming equipment.

Today, EGE is a family agricultural-based business that specializes in delivering American biodiesel to local and regional customers. The plant is capable of converting a variety of regionally grown oil seeds and waste oils into ASTM grade biodiesel fuel. This helps support their local economy by creating local jobs and additional demand for fats and oils.

“Our success in producing biodiesel has led us in other directions of business, all connected back to the goal of helping farmers and adding value to what they do for other customers,” commented Mathew Jaeger.

American-made biodiesel is powering fleets across the country and supporting more than 64,000 jobs throughout the supply chain.

“We are proud to deliver a renewable energy source made in the U.S.A. that supports thousands of domestic, green energy jobs,” said Donnell Rehagen, National Biodiesel Board CEO. “Our industry is an American success story of driving economic activity and independence throughout the supply chain.”




 Biodiesel Supports America From Coast to Coast

Made from feedstocks that are readily available across the country, biodiesel is a growing renewable fuel option that makes America more energy independent. Its success can be credited to producers, suppliers, and farmers nationwide who are committed to a better future for our country.


Robert Stobaugh farms 6,000 acres of soybeans and other commodity crops in the Arkansas River Valley. Local producers use the soybean oil from his farm to make biodiesel— the very fuel Stobaugh uses to power his farm equipment.

Further east in Asheville, North Carolina, Blueridge Biofuels produces biodiesel with 700,000 gallons of waste cooking oil from restaurants in several neighboring states. In addition to distributing the biodiesel, they also use it to fuel their own diesel fleet.


Nationwide, NBB-member producers collectively make 1.8 billion gallons of biodiesel every year. Last year, NBB-member Renewable Energy Group produced 513 million gallons of biodiesel in 12 plants spanning eight states.


AMERIgreen, an energy wholesaler in the Mid-Atlantic and New England markets, provides biodiesel and Bioheat® through 35 distributers across the region.

And the demand is growing.

Right now, hundreds of fleets across the country are powering up with domestically produced biodiesel. Users and advocates include the City of New York, Kettle Chips, Method Home Products, Disney, Harvard University, The Super Bowl, the U.S. Military, Enterprise Rental Car, Clif Bar, and many others.

To learn more on how biodiesel supports America’s energy independence, click here.




National Biodiesel Board Honors Long-Tenured Employees

The National Biodiesel Board recently recognized their team of experts celebrating more than 10 years of service working hard to advance the biodiesel industry.

“The biodiesel industry can be proud of the NBB staff that serves on their behalf,” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “We have some of the most competent, well-respected experts in their field working to advance biodiesel and the interests of our members on a daily basis.”

NBB has a staff team made up of experts in a wide range of fields with more than 180 years collectively at the organization, with even more experience directly involved in the biodiesel industry and from key contractors. NBB recognized several staff members for their dedication to the industry.

Scott Tremain – Tremain is the IT Director where he is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of NBB's information, technology, and computing systems and is a Principal in NBBIT.

Tom Verry – Verry serves as Director of Outreach and Development where he works to establish relationships for the benefit of the biodiesel industry.

Donnell Rehagen – Rehagen serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Previously serving as Chief Operating Officer, Donnell managed the implementation and execution of NBB’s more than $14 million annual budget.

Desiree Hale – Hale is an Accounting Specialist responsible for processing Accounts Payable, Payroll and other reimbursement projects

April Yaeger – Yaeger is the Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for managing all aspects of financial operations

Anne Klempke – Klempke is an Accounting Specialist responsible for processing Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and other reimbursement projects

Don Scott – Scott serves as Director of Sustainability for NBB. His program areas build science and awareness to ensure that biodiesel production meets today’s needs for environmental stewardship and economic prosperity.




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