Final RFS Volumes On Track For November 30 Announcement
EPA appears on track to meet its November 30th deadline to publish the proposed
final rule for Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes. The final rule will include
Advanced Biofuel volumes for 2014-2016, and Biomass-Based Diesel volumes for 2014-2017.
May 29th, the EPA released proposed volumes for Biomass-Based Diesel at 1.63 BG
for 2014, 1.7 BG for 2015, 1.8 BG for 2016, 1.9BG for 2017. Under the Advanced
Biofuel category, the proposal called for 2.68 BG for 2014, 2.9 BG for 2015 and
3.4 BG for 2016. The overall Advanced Biofuel category offers further opportunity
for biodiesel growth above and beyond the Biomass-Based Diesel standards.
July 28th, NBB submitted formal comments to the EPA regarding the proposal. The
comments, which totaled 150 pages, presented a compelling case for increased biodiesel
volumes beyond the modest increases in the EPA’s latest proposal. They included
extensive documentation covering industry production capacity, feedstock supplies,
economic analysis, import projections, carbon reduction, technical and performance
attributes, and other points on which the EPA will base its final decisions.
the proposal’s release, NBB has advocated for higher volumes that better reflect
the capacity and benefits of a strong U.S. biodiesel industry. NBB has called
for a final rule that reflects reasonable growth of several hundred million gallons
a year of biodiesel and additional increased volumes under the Advanced Biofuel category.
Advocacy Push Ramps Up For Biodiesel Tax Credit
the final phase of the legislative year comes, the biodiesel industry is leading
an aggressive grassroots advocacy push on the biodiesel tax incentive to win an
extension. While the incentive is in a good position to win an extension with
advocacy work done in recent months by the industry, it is time to end the year
with a unified and vocal push to get it across the finish line.
Senate Finance Committee in July passed a “tax extenders” bill (S 1946 –
The Tax Relief Extension Act of 2015) that would reinstate about 50 expired or
expiring tax incentives, including the biodiesel incentive. The Senate legislation
would reinstate the biodiesel incentive retroactively for 2015 and extend it through
2016. Importantly it also includes a common-sense reform long advocated by the
U.S. biodiesel industry to change the incentive to a producer’s credit starting in 2016.
the full Senate has not yet taken up the legislation, and the House has not made
any progress toward reinstating it. All biodiesel supporters are encouraged to
contact your lawmakers today and urge them to quickly reinstate the biodiesel
tax incentive as a domestic production credit. To find contact information for
your senators' offices, visit the Senate website here. To find information for U.S.
Representative visit the House website here.
Talking points and
other advocacy resources can be found on NBB’s Fueling Action advocacy website.
Register Now! Biodiesel Conference & Expo 2016
Registration is now open for the
2016 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida January 25-28,
2016 and you won’t want to miss out!
This year’s event is on the water
in Tampa, and attendees will see some big differences to the format. First, the
meeting and sitting space has been expanded to make the Expo Hall an easy place
to meet clients and do business. Second, new sessions and schedules recognize
one of the most valuable assets of this event is meeting people. With many restaurants
in easy walking distance, the venue is perfectly positioned for evenings to host
key clients, engage new contacts, and interact with biodiesel leaders.
event has proven time and again to return value to those who attend. There is
no question this is the biodiesel event of the year, only a question of how attendees
will capitalize on the opportunities it presents.
In addition to engaging
speakers, unique and targeted sessions, and the latest industry advances, attendees
are sure to enjoy the Tampa culture. From the museums, to sports venues to overflowing
shopping and dining options, Tampa offers something for everyone.
are a few sites to help you get started in planning your visit:
|Scholarships Available for Young Scientists to Attend Biodiesel Conference |
all young scientists! Want to feed your biodiesel curiosity in sunny Tampa, Florida?
Biodiesel Board is once again offering scholarship opportunities for Next
Generation Scientists for Biodiesel members to attend the National
Biodiesel Conference & Expo. This year’s conference will be Jan. 25
– 28, 2016 in Tampa, Florida.
NGSB is an NBB program intended to foster professional
relationships between budding and established scientists, share accurate information
and increase collaboration with academia and the biodiesel industry.
year, 16 NGSB members received scholarships, giving them unique networking opportunities
with top biodiesel researchers. Scholarships this year include a complimentary
conference registration ($800 value) and a travel scholarship of $500. Students
can also apply to present a poster of their research or outreach activities.
communicating with people directly involved in the biodiesel industry, I learned
more about biodiesel than I ever would from reading an article or watching a video,”
said Courtney Swink, an undergraduate marine science major at the University of
South Carolina, who attended last year.
To apply, you must be a college/university
student in a scientific field of study, and join NGSB. Joining is easy! The National
Biodiesel Board, the United
Soybean Board and the National
Biodiesel Foundation sponsor the scholarships.
Apply by Nov. 12
Consumer Research Shows Bioheat® A Game Changer
Using renewable, domestically
produced Bioheat® and saving money through improved heating equipment efficiency
are crucial factors in the minds of oilheat consumers, according to a comprehensive,
market research study conducted this year.
The study, conducted by Warm
Thoughts Communications (WTC) using National
Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) funds from the Connecticut Energy Marketers,
Fuel Merchants of New Jersey, Maine Energy Marketers, Massachusetts Energy Marketers,
and the Oil Heat Institute of Long Island, surveyed over 2,300 oilheat customers
and represents the most extensive consumer research conducted on behalf of the
industry in well over a decade.
“The results of this survey are truly game-changing in terms of how the
oilheat industry markets its products and services and communicates to its customers
in an effort to retain and grow market share,” said Ken Reese, the lead researcher on the project.
Results confirmed the
concerns those in the heating oil industry have about losing market share but
were very encouraging when pairing that with the benefits of Bioheat®. More than
half of the customers surveyed said they feel better about using heating oil when
told of the benefits of Bioheat®. Among those who say they are “extremely likely”
to convert away from heating oil, 60 percent say that the availability of Bioheat®
makes them less likely to do so. And 85 percent said they are satisfied with their heating oil company.
state and national heating oil groups, along with the National Biodiesel board
are encouraged by the findings. Richard Goldberg, president, Warm Thoughts Communications
added, “We fully expect to share this invaluable research with the entire industry
so that every retail home heating oil marketer can benefit, and so that future
marketing and advertising efforts by the industry can effectively target consumers in 2015 and beyond.”
(Bio)Fueling the Economy
month NBB’s Director of Sustainability Don Scott penned a blog post for the
Harvest Initiative that was released on World Food Day. The piece highlights
the role biodiesel plays in growing our food supply as earth’s population continues
in technical research and market development are propelling agriculture in new
directions. Through the need to meet the protein requirements for the growing
global population carbohydrates, fat, and fiber have been produced in excess.
Without an outlet for these extra products a surplus developed which gave rise
to the development of biofuels. The creation of biofuels in return improved the food supply market.
Biodiesel is a successful
example of how agriculture is providing cleaner fuels and healthier environments
by utilizing co-products of protein production. These products create fuel substitutes
which replace a portion of petroleum-based fuels. Not only are the substitutes
renewable they also reduce carbon emissions, and add jobs for rural Americans.
Biodiesel is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar.
The benefit to using
biodiesel as a fuel source is, all diesel engines can use biodiesel without modification.
In 2014, the U.S. biodiesel market reached 1.7 billion gallons, powering cars
and trucks, farm machinery and equipment, buses, rail engines and boats. This
year, The Global Harvest Initiative’s 2015 GAP Report® Building Sustainable
Breadbaskets highlights how agriculture innovation and biodiesel are shaping sustainable
food, feed, fiber and fuel.”
read Don Scott’s full blog post, click here.
City Cuts Emissions, Costs With More Biodiesel
Converting to biodiesel isn’t
only creating more environmentally friendly cities, it’s saving their budgets.
The city of Bellevue, Washington is one city that made the switch and is projected
to save more than $25,000 annually and aid in keeping their city green.
“Our new biodiesel contract
is a big win for Bellevue’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative,” said Emma
Johnson, the city’s resource conversation manager. “Not only is the city being
a good steward of our environment, but we’re saving taxpayers a substantial amount of money.”
Bellevue has 240 diesel vehicles
in their fleet, and is moving all of them from a B15 blend to a B20 blend. The
change means they will save 28 cents a gallon and should reduce vehicle life-cycle
emissions by 16.5 percent. The biodiesel is made from used cooking oil, saving
waste that would have been sent to the landfill otherwise.
In addition to being environmentally
friendly, the city is also supporting the local economy by sourcing at least 51
percent of the recycled oil from a 50 mile radius of Seattle.
The Buses of Madison County
Just across the river from
St. Louis is picturesque Madison County, Illinois, home to hundreds of miles of
biking and hiking trails and thousands of daily commuters. And it is home to a
cleaner, greener fleet. Due in part to Illinois' state policy and residents' demanding
a healthier environment Wayne Gromadzki, Madison County Transit Fleet Manager
began fueling his buses with B5 biodiesel. His fleet of 118 busses utilizes biodiesel
because it provides a healthier environment, reduces fossil fuel dependency, and creates jobs.
“It’s seamless. It’s
an alternative fuel product we can use,” said Gromadzki. “No modifications
are needed to the vehicle or the refueling infrastructure. That’s very important
when you have a significant investment in those systems.”
His fleet is responsible for transporting
roughly 10,000 people a day and nearly 2.6 million a year. Bus drivers can’t
tell a difference in performance between using biodiesel blends and straight petroleum
diesel. Being pleased with both the benefits of biodiesel and performance of his
fleet he is more than willing to recommend biodiesel to other fleet managers across the country.
Watch Gromadzki’s story.