is No Match for Biodiesel
Winter is in full
swing all across the country with many people dealing with snow, ice and cold
temperatures throughout the holidays. Many diesel users are taking extra precautions
with their fuel in the cold, and biodiesel is no different.
Like regular diesel
fuel, biodiesel can gel in very cold temperatures. However, a few simple steps
can ensure that vehicles and equipment operate trouble-free during the harshest
winter weather. Bill Carlson, facility manager of Voyageurs National Park in International
Falls, MN knows this better than most.
“The first winter we started using
a blend of B20,” says Carlson. “We had temperatures of 20 below zero and had
no problems with our fuel.”
Voyageurs National Park is located in the “Ice Box
of the Nation” along the international border of the US and Canada. Carlson
started using biodiesel in 2000, and has not looked back since. The park runs
B20 in every vehicle in the park all year long, and even switches some vehicles
to B100 in the summer months.
Biodiesel is a great fuel for all seasons, and with just
a little knowledge and effort, anyone can ensure that their biodiesel will run
perfectly in the cold. Taking simple steps such parking equipment indoors, blending
with No. 1 diesel, and using cold flow additives will all help prevent gelling.
Follow the link here to learn more about Voyageurs National
Park and learn “What you need to know” in order to keep your biodiesel in top shape.
Potter, Batman, and Biodiesel
Hollywood is going green with more and more focus on sustainability. While
many movie studios are looking for the best way to reduce their carbon footprint,
Warner Bros. has found their solution with cleaner burning biodiesel. In fact,
they have been using a 20 percent blend of biodiesel for six years.
in 2009 Warner Bros. installed two 1,000 gallon tanks in order to accommodate
their new alternative fueling effort. In 2010 television shows and movies such
as “Valentine’s Day” and “Horrible Bosses” began using biodiesel and
the studio soon upgraded their equipment to meet greater fuel needs. They had
such success with biodiesel that for the 2012-2013 television season, B20 represented
59 percent of all on-lot diesel fueling.
Warner Bros. is not the only studio
working on reducing emissions and protecting the environment. On the set of the
recent “X-Files” reboot 20th Century Fox enforced a no idling policy
and used biodiesel whenever possible. They also recycled more than 80 percent
of material waste. The studio managed to save tens of thousands of dollars through
their production by going green.
“It takes more effort, but if you’re conscientious
about it, you can turn garbage into good purpose,” says X-Files creator Chris
Carter. “Every choice on a production is an energy choice.”
Bros. and other studios are really helping to spread the good news about biodiesel.
Soon people may even see biodiesel used in the Batmobile, Transformers, or even
Harry Potter’s flying car!
Last Call, Biodiesel Conference is Upon Us
The time to act is now! The 2017
National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is in less than two weeks, kicking
off January 16, 2017. This is the biggest biodiesel event of the year, and you won’t want to miss it.
Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes, a new President taking office in Washington DC,
an address from NBB’s new CEO, and much more set the stage for an exciting year,
and it all starts at the conference. Previous Biodiesel Bulletins have featured
stories about the conference’s exciting location, incredible speakers, and scholarship
opportunities for students. Additional information about breakout sessions, the
expo hall, and more can all be found on the conference website.
year’s conference takes place in sunny San Diego, CA at the San Diego Marriott
Marquis and Marina where the conference room block has been extended until January
6th. You must act fast though, as over 90 percent of the rooms have already been filled.
National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is sure to be one the highlights
of the year for the industry, and you will want to be there to witness it firsthand.
We hope to see you there, but in case you can’t make it, be sure to follow all
the exciting news through the Conference Blog and social media using the hashtag #NB17.
Adjourns Without Action on Biodiesel Tax Incentive
The biodiesel industry was disappointed to see Congress adjourn for the
year without acting to extend the biodiesel tax incentive before it was allowed
to lapse on December 31st.
“Thanks to all of our champions
in Congress and our stakeholders for their efforts to get this important energy
policy extended,” said National Biodiesel Board vice president of federal affairs,
Anne Steckel. “We will continue our advocacy efforts as we work towards opportunities
for its inclusion in any Congressional action in the new year.”
has successfully used tax incentives to stimulate domestic energy production for
more than 100 years. Since being implemented in 2005, the biodiesel tax incentive
has played a key role in stimulating growth in the U.S. biodiesel industry,
helping it become the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale
production nationwide. By helping biodiesel compete on a more level playing field
with petroleum, the $1-per-gallon tax credit creates jobs, strengthens U.S. energy
security, reduces harmful and costly emissions, diversifies the fuels market,
and ultimately lowers costs to the consumer.
There is a clear correlation between
the tax incentive and increased biodiesel production, which has grown from about
100 million gallons in 2005, when the tax incentive was first implemented, to
a more than 2.5 billion gallon market in 2016.
However, unlike billions
of dollars in petroleum tax incentives written permanently into the tax code,
the biodiesel tax incentive faces tremendous uncertainty as Congress has passed
short-term extensions and allowed it to temporarily expire repeatedly in recent years.
less than a decade of commercial-scale production, biodiesel remains a young and
maturing industry that needs stable, long-term tax policy to continue meaningful growth,” Steckel said.
Selected for Scholarships to Attend Biodiesel Conference
is just one of 14 NGSB students attending the conference this year. |
Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program has selected this year’s student
scholars to attend the National
Biodiesel Conference & Expo. Many of the applicants have direct biodiesel
experience in their backgrounds or current research. A total of 14 students will
attend from schools worldwide, including Missouri University of Science &Technology,
Kansas State University, Newcastle University (UK), Clemson University, Southern
Illinois University – Carbondale, University of Iowa, Rowan University, University
of Nevada – Reno, North Carolina State University and Institut National de la
Recherche Scientifique (Quebec).
Many of these students will present posters on their
research, and a few of those students have been selected to present in a student-led
breakout session. The National Biodiesel Board leads the NGSB program, designed
to foster collaboration and increase awareness of scientific facts about biodiesel
at universities and colleges. This year’s scholarship program is funded by the
United Soybean Board and the soybean checkoff, the National Biodiesel Foundation
and a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.
The Next Generation Scientists for
Biodiesel program is always looking for bright young minds interested in sustainability
and biodiesel. For more information and to join please visit the website.
Welcomes Updated Handling and Use Guide
The U.S. Department
of Energy recently released the fifth edition of the Biodiesel Handling and
Use Guide, developed in conjunction with the DOE Clean Cities Program. This
guide is a comprehensive document designed to educate and provide basic information
on the proper safety and use of biodiesel to fleets, blenders, distributors, and
anyone else using biodiesel fuels.
“This guide is an important tool
for the industry as we see biodiesel volumes in the marketplace continue to grow,”
said Scott Fenwick, technical director at the National Biodiesel Board. “More
American’s are using biodiesel than ever before, and reliable, accurate information
is critical for the fuel supply chain all the way down to end users.”
fifth edition of this guide brings about much needed updates, as the fourth edition
was published in 2008. In that time the biodiesel industry has grown by more than
1.3 billion gallons with biodiesel blends reaching many new market sectors.
Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide is prepared by the National Renewable
Energy Laboratory, a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy’s
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The newest version is available
for free online. Download it by following the
link here or by visiting the Clean Cities website.
Going Green in the Bluegrass State
As temperatures cool and environmental concerns heat up, the Kentucky Petroleum
Marketers Association is launching a statewide campaign to promote and educate
consumers about a sustainable home heating oil alternative – Bioheat®.
of a 2 percent to 5 percent blend of biodiesel with standard heating oil, Bioheat®
is clean burning and highly efficient. The alternative fuel is endorsed by the
Oil Manufacturers Association, touts impressive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,
and can be used in any standard home heating system. Bioheat® also strengthens
the U.S. job market and lessens our dependence on foreign oil.
Bioheat® campaign is a fleet of locally owned oil trucks wrapped in the Bioheat®
logo and website: www.heatingkentucky.com.
These trucks will deliver environmentally friendly Bioheat® across the state throughout the New Year.
first Bioheat® branded truck to hit the road is owned by Woodford Oil in Danville,
KY. Scott Hacker, Woodford’s Regional Manager, is excited about the company’s
participation in the campaign.
“We are very pleased with the final look of the truck,”
stated Hacker. “The design is colorful and provides local companies with an
exciting and innovative way to promote Bioheat® to Kentucky customers.”
addition to the wrapped trucks, KPMA is also promoting Bioheat® with local feature
stories and statewide media outreach efforts.
To learn more about Bioheat® and
KPMA, visit www.kpma.org.
Ten: Focus on Biodiesel
The Renewable Fuel Standard continues to drive growth in the biodiesel
industry. To showcase that success, here is a “Top Ten” list of facts and
figures that show why everyone should support the RFS.
1. The Renewable
Fuel Standard drives billions of dollars of economic activity in the U.S. and
brings clean, renewable fuels to American drivers.
2. Biodiesel replaces
imported diesel fuel to help drive economic growth here at home.
Biodiesel has driven RFS success and is the only large-scale, commercially available advanced biofuel.
The biodiesel industry is growing, with about 200 plants across the country in
nearly every state from California to Maine.
5. Biodiesel is made in the USA!
The domestic biodiesel industry has the registered capacity to produce some 3
billion gallons of fuel from readily available resources.
6. The industry also
supports nearly 48,000 American jobs, generating billions of dollars in GDP, household income and tax revenues.
Biodiesel is an environmental leader. Since the creation of the RFS, biodiesel
has cut carbon pollution by 93.7 million metric tons.
8. This national
investment in biodiesel has the same impact as removing more than 19.7 million
passenger vehicles from America’s roadways.
9. Biodiesel reduces pollution because
it burns clean: the EPA determined that biodiesel reduces carbon emissions from
57 percent to 86 percent.
10. Finally, biodiesel sharply reduces major tailpipe
pollutants from older diesel vehicles. EPA consistently cites diesel exhaust from
older trucks, buses and vehicles as one of the nation's most dangerous pollutants.