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Biodiesel Bulletin


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




December 1, 2016  
Renewable Fuels Announcement Strengthens Energy Security

Biodiesel Industry Elects Association Leadership

Biodiesel Industry Optimistic After Contentious Election

New NBB CEO Hits the Ground Running

Hostage Negotiator, Business Expert to Keynote National Biodiesel Conference

National Biodiesel Foundation Stays Busy This Season

How It's Made: America's Advanced Biofuel

 

 

Renewable 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 Standard (RFS).

“The 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.”

Under 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.

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Biodiesel Industry Elects Association Leadership

The newly elected NBB Governing Board

Members of the National Biodiesel Board recently elected their industry’s association leadership during the annual fall membership meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.

“The 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.”

To 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.

 The 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.

While 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.

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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.

“The 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.”

Others in the biodiesel industry also weighed in on the changes in Washington, DC.

“We 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.

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New NBB 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. 

“I 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.”

As 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."

The 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.

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Hostage 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.

Voss 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.

Voss 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!

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National Biodiesel Foundation Stays Busy This Year

National Biodiesel 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 to support 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!

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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.

 

 

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