Biodiesel Delivers in 2015; Higher Production to Feed Consumer Demand
consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, reducing
America’s carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million metric tons, according to
new EPA data released this month.
Year-end figures demonstrate biodiesel’s
rising popularity and its continued success as America’s first and only EPA-designated
Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide.
seeing it take hold across the country. Consumers are seeking out cleaner alternatives
to fossil fuels and they see biodiesel as a high-performing, cost-competitive
alternative to petroleum diesel,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel
Board (NBB), the industry’s US trade association. “These numbers also show
without question that the Renewable Fuel Standard is delivering significant volumes
of Advanced Biofuel to the American people. They prove that the RFS is absolutely working.”
is still a young industry, but it is becoming a mainstream American fuel that’s
having a real impact in helping us cut pollution, create jobs and diversify the fuels market.”
to the data, fuel companies reported producing 2.09 billion gallons of biodiesel
in 2015, up from about 1.97 billion gallons in 2014.
The figures, however,
continue to show a troubling trend in which imports are increasingly flooding
the US market and undercutting US production. NBB has urged Congress to reform
the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive from a blender’s credit to a producer’s
credit. A producer’s credit would help to level the playing field by enabling
US biodiesel producers to compete with already incentivized foreign fuel.
reported volumes show that the US biodiesel industry can successfully grow year
to year, continuing to deliver under the RFS. The data can be found here on EPA's website.
NBB CEO Joe Jobe Looks Forward to Industry Growth in 2016
Joe Jobe gave a rousing
speech at the opening General Session of the National Biodiesel Conference
& Expo, touting the industry’s achievements in 2015 and gearing up for what
could be the industry’s best year yet.
Jobe spoke about how the biodiesel industry is often
overshadowed and underrated, likening the industry to famous American baseball
player and coach Yogi Berra. Although the industry has been underestimated, that
should change this year as biodiesel continues to grow as America’s most successful Advanced Biofuel.
“Last year the biodiesel
industry demonstrated more than ever that no matter how beat up we are, no matter
how outgunned we are, we don’t back down,” said National Biodiesel Board CEO
Joe Jobe. “We came together like never before. We stayed true to our principles
in the face of deceitful attacks and we achieved the success necessary to put us back on track.”
The industry marked several
major achievements in 2015. First, the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal law
governing renewable fuel blending, is back on track and on schedule for the first
time with volumes defined for biodiesel through 2017. Second, the industry secured
an extension of an important tax incentive that helps make the fuel more cost
competitive with petroleum. These two programs together provide biodiesel
producers, investors and suppliers a strong roadmap for the marketplace. This
is a big victory for biodiesel, carbon reduction strategies and for the environment.
In 2016, the industry will
continue to face challenges from opponents spreading misinformation on renewable
fuels but will continue to push-back with credible, objective data that supports
growth of the biodiesel industry, Jobe told the crowd. With the backing of science
and economic studies, Jobe spoke encouragingly about continued growth of biodiesel
under the RFS in the future.
Highlights from the 2016 National
The 2016 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo kicked
off on January 25th, bringing in over one thousand guests from coast
to coast. Conference guests attended sessions, listened to speakers, visited the
expo hall, and met and networked with other biodiesel industry leaders from around the country.
There were many highlights
from the conference including the announcement of the 2015 biodiesel volume use,
NBB CEO Joe Jobe’s state of the industry address, and the “Eye On Biodiesel
Awards.” One of the biggest surprises however, came during the vehicle
showcase when Peterbilt and Kenworth manufacturer, PACCAR Inc, announced that
it now approves of blends of B20 biodiesel in one hundred percent of its vehicles,
old and new. This announcement means that over 100,000 new trucks are joining the biodiesel ranks.
In addition to announcements
and awards, conference guests were able to hear from a variety of outstanding
speakers, including former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis who presented the
keynote address. A former climate disputer, Inglis now advocates for free enterprise
solutions to energy and climate challenges. “It's fabulous when an important
industry group like the National Biodiesel Board calls for an objective consideration
of climate science and an apples-to-apples comparison between the competing fuels”
said Inglis. “With that kind of clarity, free enterprise can fix climate change."
To hear speeches and see
all that happened at the conference, check out the conference
blog, and view all the photos here.
Franco, Renewable Fuels Expert Hired
In January, NBB hired Sandra Franco
a Washington based attorney as general council. Franco became an expert in renewable
fuels and the Clean Air Act while a partner at international law firm’s environmental group.
isn’t an attorney in the country who knows renewable fuels law better than Sandra
Franco, and we are thrilled to have her join our team,” said NBB CEO Joe Jobe.
is one of the nation’s leading legal authorities with regards to the Renewable
Fuel Standards. Franco has participated in litigation before the U.S. Supreme
Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, as well as other federal district
courts and courts of appeal.
Before being hired as general council, Franco worked
with the organization on a variety of legal matters. Franco worked on regulatory
proceedings affecting the biodiesel industry and litigation defending the RFS.
Franco led her team to a successful, full implementation of the program.
Biodiesel industry honors climate champions, career long-achievements
has many benefits, but its ability to reduce emissions was a main theme of this
year’s National Biodiesel Board industry awards. Landmark climate efforts, heavy
duty vehicle market dominance, and lifetime careers dedicated to the advancement
of biodiesel were all honored during the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo.
The honorees NBB recognized with the 2016
“Eye on Biodiesel” awards were:
Defense Fund (EDF); Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2); and the American Lung Association
in California for
their environmental leadership to promote all clean fuels, including biodiesel,
along the West Coast. These three organizations, along with other NGOs, bolstered
and defended Low Carbon Fuel policies in California and Oregon. These organizations
and others were on the ground creating reports and other materials that highlighted
the rapid growth of the alternative fuels industry and how policies would further
greater investment into advanced biofuels, such as biodiesel.
in the field of agricultural yield technology and the markets that drive demand
for protein give her a rare and valuable knowledge base that she has put 100 percent
into her work to advance biodiesel. She has contributed greatly to the sustainability
efforts at NBB and projects to analyze the real world indirect effects of biodiesel production.
than 100 thousand trucks join renewable fuel ranks as PACCAR Inc. embraces
biodiesel blends in its engines, old and new. Considering average mileage, these
trucks alone have the potential to run 12 billion miles annually, and they are
just the tip of the biodiesel vehicle population. PACCAR diesel engines are sold
in heavy duty trucks under the Kenworth and Peterbilt nameplates in North America.
more than twenty years John Maniscalco has served as the head of the New York
Oil Heating Association. Maniscalco has been at the forefront of leadership in
the heating oil industry and was instrumental in the industry’s move to Bioheat®,
biodiesel in home heating. New York City continues to be a Bioheat® leader in
the Northeast on both policy and public perception when it comes to cleaning up heating oil.
Mike Livergood is retiring this year from ADM after nearly four decades with
the industry leader. Mike serves as Vice President, Global Oleo Chemicals but
held many positions throughout his time with the company. Mike has been at the
forefront of helping develop the biodiesel industry even before there was a commercial
biodiesel industry in the US.
American’s Still Unaware of the Benefits of Bioheat
Bioheat is a renewable, economical
alternative to traditional home heating oil that is better for homes and the environment.
Unfortunately, a large percentage of American’s aren’t taking advantage of
bioheat because they are unaware of it’s benefits and availability.
“Bioheat fuel is domestically
produced, renewable, burns cleaner and more efficiently, and can be used in your
existing heating system,” said NBB board member Greg Anderson. “Most consumers
have no idea that a simple phone call to their local oil heat dealer can benefit
the environment, their health, their wallet—not to mention our national economy
and energy security. It’s about time we spread the word.”
Bioheat recently launched a new website
attempting to do just that. Mybioheat.com, is a great resource for learning what
bioheat is, how to get it, and why consumers should consider making the switch.
Bioheat is biodiesel used
for heating purposes. Biodiesel is produced from a variety of renewable resources,
such as plant oils, animal fats, recycled grease, and even algae. Suppliers nationwide
offer Bioheat blends between two and five percent biofuel. Some distributors offer
blends as high as 20 percent.
Biodiesel Conference Draws in Next-Gen Scientists
Joining over one
thousand biodiesel supporters and industry leaders at this year’s 2016 National
Biodiesel Conference and Expo were many young faces, eager to step into the industry.
Around 20 students from the Next
Generation Scientists for Biodiesel traveled to Tampa, FL to participate in
the conference, as well as present their research at the expo and during a session.
came from schools all around the country, from USF in Tampa, to the University
of Illinois, all the way to the University of Nevada, Reno. Each student was excited
to attend and share their work.
Co-chair Jesse Mayer remarked on his time at the conference
saying, “It’s a really great opportunity to understand all the different aspects
of biofuels. Like the students here you’ve got a lot of different fields…
So finding a student organization like NBB, joining them, and getting an idea
of what those other aspects are, talking to people in the industry really helps
diversify you as a student and really helps going on to grad school or into the workforce.
students had a chance to host a session where conference attendees heard about
their research and asked questions. They also held an area of the expo hall where
they displayed their work and networked with other attendees.
To hear interviews
and see photos of the students, visit the conference blog.
Biodiesel Keeps Running During Coldest Winter of the Decade
Biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel has no problem
taking on the coldest winters. Last year, Harvard University stayed functional
by having a fuel management plan when nearly 10 feet of snow hit the campus.
E. Harris Jr., Harvard’s Director Transit and Fleet Management, reports they
had no problems even on the most frigid days. “After the snowiest and coldest
winter since we started using biodiesel 11 years ago, we were up and running providing
transit service and keeping campus operations running smoothly,” Harris said.
“Biodiesel is the fuel that helped us do that.”
Harris Jr. understands
that there are general practices that keep biodiesel performing in cold temperatures.
He also understands these guidelines aren’t any different than the ones he would
take with a petroleum diesel vehicle. The most important decision in maintaining
performance in cold temperatures is fuel quality. Using ASTM approved fuel from
a reputable supplier is essential.
After locating a
quality fuel source and reputable supplier developing a fuel management plan will
help get your fleet through the winter. Discuss fuel additives and testing practices
with your supplier to ensure your fleet won’t miss a beat. Harris manages 75
vehicles and over 100,000 gallons of biodiesel a year by having a solid fuel management
plan that includes the proper additives and handling.
Foundation Auction Raises Funds
for Biodiesel Advancement
During the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo,
conference attendees had the opportunity to raise money for the National Biodiesel
Foundation by once again participating in a successful silent auction. With over
40 items to bid on, the auction raised nearly $18,000 that will go toward accomplishing
outreach, education, research and demonstration activities for the advancement
of biodiesel. Items included a Led Zeppelin guitar signed by the band, a limited
edition boxing champions glove signed by five boxing legends, a Star Wars poster
signed by cast members of Episodes I - VI, and more. You can view a full list
of items on the Foundation website.
in 1994, the National
Biodiesel Foundation works closely with the National Biodiesel Board to address
national issues affecting us all — cleaner air, greater economic development
for rural communities, and enhanced national security through energy independence.
are many other ways to support the foundation, such as going online and making a donation.