Fuels Announcement Strengthens Energy Security
The biodiesel industry
recently welcomed the release of new standards to support American jobs and energy
security. The group applauded the Administration for working to reduce America’s
dependence on fossil fuels by raising biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel
real winners with this announcement are American consumers who will now have access
to even more cleaner burning, advanced biofuel,” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen.
“These benefits extend far beyond the biodiesel industry, supporting high paying
jobs and clean air across the nation. Though we are poised to top these numbers
this year, growth in advanced biofuels still sends positive signals to the marketplace.”
the new RFS rule, Biomass-Based Diesel standards would move to 2.1 billion
gallons in 2018 up from 2 billion gallons in 2017. The Biomass-Based Diesel category
– a diesel subset of the overall Advanced Biofuel category – is made up of
biodiesel and renewable diesel, another diesel alternative made from the same
feedstocks using a different technology.
Additionally, the new RFS rule would
move Advanced Biofuels to 4.28 billion gallons in 2017 up from 3.61 billion
gallons in 2016 with Biomass-Based Diesel continuing to fill a large portion of
the Advanced Program. The new standards reflect modest growth but remain below
the more than 2.6 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable hydrocarbon
diesel expected in 2016.
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 is the first Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide
and has made up the vast majority of Advanced Biofuel production under the RFS to date.
Biodiesel Industry Elects Association
newly elected NBB Governing Board |
of the National Biodiesel Board recently elected their industry’s association
leadership during the annual fall membership meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.
biodiesel industry is fortunate to have a strong team of leaders from all sectors
of the industry,” said NBB CEO, Donnell Rehagen. “The membership is united,
optimistic, and will continue to grow into the future under the direction of the board.”
serve on the board, members re-elected Greg Anderson of the Nebraska Soybean Board,
Jennifer Case of New Leaf Biofuel, LLC, Mike Cunningham of the American Soybean
Association, Tim Keaveney of Hero BX, Steven J. Levy of Sprague Operating Resources,
Ben Wootton of World Energy, and elected new board member Mike Rath of Darling
Ingredients, Inc. Board members who continue to serve on the board include Kent
Engelbrecht, Ron Heck, Ed Hegland, Ron Marr, Steve Nogel, Amy Sigg Davis, Robert Stobaugh, and Chad Stone.
new board also elected officers: Kent Engelbrecht serving as the new chairman,
Mike Cunningham as Vice Chairman, Greg Anderson as Treasurer, and Chad Stone as Secretary.
many new positions are being assumed, it’s clear that the biodiesel industry
is full of passionate leaders who are stepping up to help biodiesel fuel our future.
Biodiesel Industry Optimistic
After Contentious Election
With the contentious national elections in the rearview mirror,
the biodiesel industry is optimistic that a new Presidential Administration and
Congress will continue to advance bi-partisan issues like biodiesel.
National Biodiesel Board congratulates our newly elected and returning leaders
and looks forward to working with them to promote local jobs, energy security
and clean air through a growing biodiesel market,” said National Biodiesel Board
CEO Donnell Rehagen. “Biodiesel has long been a bipartisan issue and we are
confident our new Congress will continue to support a smart solution that works
for America on so many levels. President-elect Trump has expressed strong support
for biofuels and support for the renewable fuel standard (RFS), so we are hopeful
his administration will further strengthen opportunities for America’s advanced biofuel.”
in the biodiesel industry also weighed in on the changes in Washington, DC.
welcome the opportunity to work with a new administration in the White House,
and appreciate the positive statements about biodiesel that President-elect Donald
Trump made on the campaign trail,” said Grant Kimberly, executive director of
the Iowa Biodiesel Board. “We are optimistic that he will support policies imperative
to the growth of biodiesel, including the federal RFS, one of the most effective
policies in history to diversify America’s fuel supply.”
Biodiesel is produced
in nearly every state in the country, reducing emissions and providing clean air
benefits. The industry supports more than 47,000 jobs nationwide.
CEO Hits the Ground Running
|NBB's new CEO Donnell Rehagen |
Last month the National Biodiesel Board announced new Chief
Executive Officer, Donnell Rehagen. Many industry experts from across the
country praised the hire, as Donnell has been a strong industry leader for the
past twelve years in his role as Chief Operating Officer at NBB. Over the
past month, journalists have clamored for an interview with the new CEO, wanting
to learn what his plans and vision for the industry look like.
don’t think anybody’s going to see any massive change with me as the new CEO,”
Rehagen said. “But we’ll look at some things that may need a little bit of
tweaking here and there to try to deliver at an even higher level.”
for the state of the industry, Rehagen is focused on growth and getting policy
working in the industry’s favor. He is optimistic that the new Administration
in DC will help with these goals.
"We have a lot of capacity right
now that is underutilized in the U.S. biodiesel sector. So the certainty that
policy provides for us at both the federal and state level, we need those policies
to send strong signals that additional investment and production is a good thing
and is going to be rewarded. Public policy is going to continue to be a driver for our industry."
biodiesel industry is definitely in good hands with Rehagen at the helm.
It is sure to be exciting to watch the industry grow under his direction.
Negotiator, Business Expert to Keynote National Biodiesel Conference
|Former FBI Negotiator Chris Voss |
The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo has been known
to bring in prolific speakers from coast to coast and the 2017 conference is no
different. CEO, author, and negotiation expert Christopher Voss is set to deliver the keynote address.
is the author of Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended
On It and CEO of the Black Swan Group Ltd., a firm that solves business negotiation
challenges with hostage negotiation strategies. He has used his many years of
experience in international crisis and high stakes negotiations as an FBI agent
to consult and train business leaders in negotiation success. Voss and his
team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve
internal communication problems between senior management and employees.
will definitely be a highlight of the conference this year, but he will also be
sharing the spotlight with other high level speakers like NBB’s new CEO Donnell
Rehagen, and many other industry experts. Whether you are looking for better
ways to communicate, or just interested in hearing from a former FBI agent, this
year’s keynote will be sure to impress.
The National Biodiesel Conference
& Expo will be held January 16-19 in San Diego. Follow
the link to register. We hope to see you there!
National Biodiesel Foundation Stays Busy This Year
Foundation has been very busy this holiday season between new elections, fundraising,
sponsoring scholarships, and even funding new research.
“This is an exciting
time for the Foundation,” explains new President, Jeff Lynn. “We have funded
cutting-edge indirect land use change research. Our work has reduced the carbon
score associated with biodiesel. The improved score proves how sustainable biodiesel
really is, and making it more economical for users.”
During the National
Biodiesel Board’s November Membership Meeting, the National
Biodiesel Foundation held elections for a new executive board. The new
board consists of Jeff Lynn of the Illinois Soybean Association as President,
Mark Caspers of the Nebraska Soybean Board as Vice President, and Lindsay Fitzgerald
of Renewable Energy Group as Secretary/Treasurer.
NBF also recently
called for donations in conjunction with Giving Tuesday. Celebrated on the Tuesday
following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday
and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus
on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Donations made during this time are going
to support the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel scholarships through the
Dallas Hanks Memorial Fund. The goal of the Foundation is to raise enough money
to send five of these students to the upcoming 2017 National Biodiesel Conference
& Expo in San Diego. Contributors are encouraged to visit the NBF website
this scholarship program.
Another simple way to donate is by doing your holiday
shopping online through Amazon
Smile. By using Amazon Smile and selecting the foundation, the next
time you make a purchase NBF will receive 0.5% of your checkout total. You’ll
receive the same great items and support biodiesel, farmers, and clean air at the same time!
How It's Made: America's Advanced Biofuel
Ever wonder how soybeans grown
by U.S. farmers become America’s advanced biofuel? This video produced by the
United Soybean Board shows the process U.S. soybean oil undergoes as it makes
its way from the farm fields as whole soybeans to the processor to fuel tanks
around the country, improving the economy, the environment and communities along the way.