Biodiesel Bulletin

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

April 2, 2018  

Renewable Fuel Standard Continues to Drive Jobs, Clean Fuel Growth

National Biodiesel Day Highlights Biodiesel Industry

Biodiesel Industry Makes Strong Case for Tax Credit Reinstatement

NBB Honors California Clean Fuel Leader

Diesel Brothers Unveil Custom Biodiesel Ride

March Madness Highlights Biodiesel Colleges

New GM Diesel Work Trucks Announced with B20 Support

Renewable Fuel Standard Continues to Drive Jobs, Clean Fuel Growth

The federal Renewable Fuel Standard has become a hot button issue in the media recently as a small segment of the petroleum industry has lobbied the Administration for changes to the program.

“The bottom line is that Renewable Fuel Standard is working as intended, and has for more than a decade,” said National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen. “The RFS drives cleaner fuel into the marketplace for consumers and supports good-paying, American jobs. We must continue to uphold the law to ensure these widespread benefits continue into the future. We know our champions will stand strong against proposals that undermine the RFS and harm the biodiesel industry.”

NBB staff and stakeholders continue to meet with biodiesel champions on Capitol Hill to discuss this key issue and provide clear input on how any changes could harm biodiesel. Industry champions from across the country have weighed in with the Administration. Last month, Senators John Thune (R-SD), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) sent a letter to President Trump to vocalize their opposition to a cap on RIN prices and their support for strong RFS volumes. A group of state governors also weighed in with a letter of support for biodiesel and the RFS. The letter was led by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and signed by four other Midwestern governors—Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. 

NBB is encouraging biodiesel supporters nationwide to make their voices heard and let the President know that the RFS is working by sending individual letters. Those who wish to participate can visit this webpage and entering their contact information. After pressing “Send,” it will email a letter to President Trump that expresses support of the RFS, dismisses a proposal from the petroleum industry to cap RIN prices, and provides a reminder of the benefits the RFS brings to American consumers.



National Biodiesel Day Highlights Biodiesel Industry

The biodiesel industry celebrates National Biodiesel Day on March 18 each year on the birthday of Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the engine that bears his name. This year, the National Biodiesel Board celebrated by showcasing 25 Fantastic Facts about biodiesel in honor of 25 years of the U.S. industry.

The 25 facts include everything from celebrities who support biodiesel, to federal policies that impact the industry, to ways that America’s Advanced Biofuel is helping provide jobs across the country.

The U.S. biodiesel industry supports nearly 64,000 jobs across the United States, more than $2.5 billion in wages paid, and an overall economic impact of nearly $11.5 billion. It is produced all across the country in all regions – achieving a level of success that would make Rudolf Diesel proud! 

Biodiesel is also a smart choice for schools. Medford Township Public Schools in Medford, New Jersey is the nation’s longest continuous user of biodiesel in a student transportation fleet. Over the past 20 years, Medford’s use of biodiesel has eliminated more than 123,376 pounds of smog-forming emissions, 2,408 pounds of diesel particulate matter and reduced its fleet operation costs by over $170,000, according to the fleet department. 

Visit the website for more fantastic facts about America’s Advanced Biofuel.



Biodiesel Industry Makes Strong Case for Tax Credit Reinstatement

The biodiesel industry continues to call on Congress to swiftly reinstate the biodiesel tax

incentive. The incentive has proven to be sound tax policy that has driven the expansion of domestic pro

duction of American energy resources and provided added value to many other economic sectors, including agriculture. The U.S. Congress recently passed an omnibus spending bill to fund the government but failed to include the biodiesel tax incentive.

“The National Biodiesel Board is again disappointed that Congress has failed to provide pro-growth tax certainty for a domestic energy industry that has broad, bipartisan support. The lack of urgency by Congress to extend this expired tax credit continues to frustrate the producers, blenders and marketers of biodiesel,” said Kurt Kovarik, vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). “We will continue to work to educate members of Congress of the economic and environmental benefits of increased use of biodiesel, so that Congress is poised to drive investments in this American energy industry.”

The National Biodiesel Board and more than 50 of its member organizations recently sent a letter to Congressional leaders calling for the extension of the biodiesel tax credit.

“The uncertainty created by the lapse of the tax credit is curtailing investments in new plants and capital projects to maintain, improve and expand existing plants,” the letter said. “We believe that if the tax credit is extended through at least 2018, the biodiesel industry would experience substantial growth in the near term, which would create significant new employment opportunities.”

The industry also weighed in during testimony before a tax-writing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the biodiesel tax incentive highlighting the more than 64,000 jobs supported by the industry, the $11.4 billion in economic impact and $2.54 billion in wages paid.

“The public policy benefits of the tax incentive are clear,” said Cal Meyer, chief operating officer of Ag Processing Inc. “These benefits, however, 

will be jeopardized without reinstatement of the biodiesel tax incentive.”

Read Meyer’s full testimony here.


NBB Honors California Clean Fuel Leader

Celia Dubose and Donnell Rehagen

California skylines are greener thanks to one industry leader’s contributions. At the California Advanced Biofuel Alliance annual conference, the National Biodiesel Board honored that leader, Celia DuBose, with the Climate Leader Award.

“Our industry is full of amazing leaders whose dedication and commitment have helped biodiesel grow from an idea to a nearly 3-billion-gallon market in just 25 years,” said Donnell Rehagen, National Biodiesel Board CEO. “Thanks to people like Celia, who has been a central figure since day one, the biodiesel industry now supports some 64,000 jobs, making a significant impact on communities spread throughout the country.”

Celia was the first employee and a founding member of the California Biodiesel Alliance, an organization committed to enhancing access to cleaner burning biodiesel. Since the organization’s inception, California has become the largest biodiesel market in the nation.

To show their increased commitment to advocating for biofuels, the group, which recently changed their name to the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, expanded into representation of other renewable diesel replacement fuels. This move, sure to positively impact California’s clean air initiatives, will continue to expand awareness and acceptance of biofuels.

The Climate Leader Award is a national honor awarded to those whose contributions have had a specific and lasting impact on expanding access to cleaner burning fuels. Their influence has had a significant effect on biodiesel industry growth, access, or acceptance and has opened doors for energy alternatives for the benefit of the climate and environment.


Diesel Brothers Unveil Custom Biodiesel Ride

The Diesel Brothers show off their new F550 truck in the 2018 Commodity Classic expo hall

The Discovery Channel’s Diesel Brothers recently unveiled their latest custom creation, a biodiesel-powered  F550 truck unveiled at last month’s Commodity Classic conference. The show’s stars were on site during the reveal to show off their new ride, bringing quite a buzz to the expo hall. Partnering with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, the Diesel Brothers are helping soybean farmers like Pat Sullivan tell their story to a national audience.

“I thought this was going to be successful off the bat because of the audience we could reach through just the people who follow DieselSellerz and the Diesel Brothers,” Sullivan said. “We wanted to reach mechanics, gear heads, fuel guys and people who maybe heard bits and pieces about biodiesel but didn’t know much about it or were still thinking back to that one bad experience 15 years ago. We’ve definitely captured the attention of that crowd, and we’ve sparked a conversation.”

Biodiesel has helped soybean farmers for years, adding 63 cents per-bushel to soybean values and providing a valuable market for soybean oil, a byproduct of producing soybean meal to feed livestock. Showcasing the new biodiesel truck at Commodity Classic, the largest farmer-led and farmer focused convention in America, was a no-brainer.

“For what started as an idea from a few Council members and staff, to turn into this, it is hard to imagine,” said Kris Folland, MSR&PC director. “We wanted to keep it road legal so we could show it off in Minnesota, and bring attention to biodiesel and to B20. I don’t think anyone could have believed it would have been this amazing.”

The episode that features the truck is tentatively scheduled to air later this spring on the Discovery Channel.



March Madness Highlights Biodiesel Colleges

As the NCAA Tournament crowns a basketball champion tonight, the National Biodiesel Board recently released its own March Madness bracket of colleges and universities upping their game with a different kind of prowess – biodiesel research, production and education. Many of these biodiesel ballers are members of the student group, Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel.

“These colleges run the court as renewable energy champs. Universities like Purdue, with its first-class research on biodiesel sustainability, and Harvard, an early champion as a user, are top of the game,” said Don Scott, NBB director of sustainability. “The biodiesel research and training of the next generation at many other schools as well will pay dividends for years to come, increasing the efficiency and diversity of the biodiesel and fuel industries.”

From East-to-West, here are NBB’s “Elite Eight” biodiesel programs, including two that made the Final Four in basketball. They are:

  • Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, New Jersey)
  • North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Loyola University (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, Missouri)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)
  • University of Nevada Reno (Reno, Nevada)
  • University of Idaho (Moscow, Idaho)

And the wildcard goes to Clemson University (Clemson, South Carolina).

NGSB is a free student professional organization to help foster collaboration, networking, and career development. America’s energy efforts, especially biodiesel sustainability, are the driving force of NGSB, which provides members with exclusive educational opportunities and the latest biodiesel news and research.

Regardless of their participation in the actual NCAA tournament, these and many other advanced biofuel programs are true champions to the still-growing biodiesel industry.



New GM Diesel Work Trucks Announced with B20 Support

Chevrolet is the latest original equipment manufacturer to tout biodiesel’s benefits in their new line of vehicles. Last month, Chevy unveiled the first ever Silverado Class 4, 5, and 6 chassis cab trucks at the NTEA Work Truck Show, announcing that the entire line would run on B20 biodiesel.

“Chevy’s designers and engineers were obsessed with making this Silverado the most customer-focused medium duty truck of any major competitor,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “By customer-focused, I mean work-ready trucks that are easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service and easy to own.”

Chevy’s announcement comes on the heels of Ford showcasing their own B20 approved F-150 diesel pickup at the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference. These new trucks join the ever-increasing diesel vehicle market and headline the ever-growing OEM support for higher biodiesel blends.

“Throughout the country, all OEMs producing vehicles and equipment for the U.S. market support the use of at least B5 biodiesel blends, and the vast majority of diesel vehicles available today have full OEM support for blends of B20 biodiesel,” said NBB Technical Director Scott Fenwick. “One of the fuel’s greatest benefits from a user standpoint is its ability to be used in existing diesel engines without modification.”

As the diesel vehicle market grows, the opportunity for biodiesel growth increases alongside it.



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