RFS Proposal Released, Comments Needed
The EPA has released its latest proposal for establishing volume
standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and opened the comment period
for the rule before it is finalized later this year. NBB is urging all biodiesel
supporters to make their voices heard by weighing in with comments supporting
higher volumes here on our website.
new proposal covers the 2018 Biomass-based Diesel volumes and 2017 volumes for
other fuel categories of the program. It calls for increasing the Biomass-Based
Diesel volume from 2 billion gallons in 2017 to 2.1 billion gallons in 2018. Additionally,
it calls for increasing the overall Advanced Biofuel volume from 3.61 billion
gallons in 2016 to 4 billion gallons in 2017.
While the proposal includes limited
growth for biodiesel and the potential for additional biodiesel growth under the
overall Advanced Biofuel category, it significantly understates the biodiesel
industry’s capacity for growth. Already in 2015, Americans used nearly 2.1 billion
gallons through the RFS. NBB has called for a 2018 standard of at least 2.5 billion
gallons, with additional growth in the overall Advanced Biofuel category.
The good news is biodiesel supporters
now have an opportunity to work collectively as an industry during the public
comment period to improve the rule before it is finalized later this year. The
EPA has said it plans to finalize the rule by Nov. 30. As with past RFS proposals,
it is critical that the biodiesel community generate a high volume of strong comments
to the Administration to win a higher volume under the final rule.
Agree, Biodiesel A Key to Global Carbon Reduction
Scientific experts agree that biodiesel holds significant promise
in the effort to reduce carbon emissions. A newly published consensus
report from the Coordinating Research Council now adds to the growing
evidence in support of biodiesel as a low carbon fuel. Key conclusions from
the report show that carbon emissions from biofuels are declining relative to
petroleum, and confidence in these results are growing with additional study.
it comes to quantifying carbon benefits, biofuels have been the most heavily scrutinized
products in the world market,” said Don Scott, director of sustainability with
the National Biodiesel Board. “This heavy scrutiny and improving analysis provide
confidence that biodiesel provides significant benefits over fossil fuels.”
CRC, whose members include the American Petroleum Institute, Ford, General Motors,
Chrysler, Daimler, and many others, directs engineering and environmental studies
pertaining to automotive and petroleum use. Since 2009, the CRC has been organizing
biennial workshops to examine lifecycle analysis of biofuels. The new report is
a summary document from their fall workshop on life cycle analysis of transportation fuels.
year, biodiesel use in the U.S. cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 18 million
tons, or the equivalent carbon emissions of 3.8 million cars.
The growing body
of research supporting the use of biofuels to reduce emissions includes noteworthy
analysis published by the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne
National Laboratory, USEPA, USDA,
and the California
Air Resources Board. Each of these institutions has affirmed that US
biodiesel reduces GHG emissions by at least 50 percent and often as much as 85
percent compared to petroleum diesel fuel.
Biodiesel Beauty Queen Not Your Typical Pageant Girl
|Sydney Jaeger, after being crowned Miss Dodge City |
Sydney Jaeger is not your typical pageant girl. But if you are looking
for her the second week of June she will be competing in the Miss Kansas pageant
representing as Miss Dodge City. Drawn in by scholarship opportunities, Sydney
says her first year being involved in the pageant world has her hooked with all
the possibilities to serve others and the potential platform it creates.
many diverse activities and unusual hobbies for a beauty queen help me reach out
to lots of different people,” Sydney said. “I feel I'm pretty well-rounded
and can talk to people, especially Kansans, about what they're passionate about.”
of those unique activities include powerlifting, shooting blue rock, operating
heavy equipment on the family farm, and working in the family biodiesel plant,
Emergent Green Energy.
you ask me, biodiesel is the future,” says Sydney. “Every opportunity I have,
I'm out helping with the family businesses. Whether that is running the fuel truck
from field to field during harvest to fuel up equipment with biodiesel, overseeing
reactions in the biodiesel plant, or even pressure washing a semi tanker in between
used cooking oil pick up and fuel delivery.”
She hopes that her unique background
will help her stand out in the Miss Kansas competition.
“I am not only
hoping to serve others, but also promote renewable fuels, especially biodiesel!” Sydney added.
fall she will be continuing her biodiesel research as she pursues a degree in
chemical engineering at Wichita State University while also serving as a student
ambassador and a member of the cheerleading team.
Tax Credit Bill Introduced
The biodiesel tax incentive is set to expire yet again at the end of this
year, and it’s time to begin ramping up advocacy on an extension. Reps. Kristi
Noem, R-S.D., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., recently introduced bipartisan legislation
in the U.S. House that would extend the biodiesel tax incentive through 2019 and
reform it as a domestic production credit.
NBB is working to get a strong showing
of cosponsors on the bill, HR 5240, to demonstrate to House leaders that it has
strong bipartisan support across the country and deserves to be passed.
the current “blender’s” structure of the tax incentive, biodiesel that is
produced overseas and imported to the US can access the credit. This has fueled
a surge of imports in recent years. Much of which already received some sort of
subsidy in its country of origin, creating an uneven playing field.
addition to extending the credit for three years, the Noem/Pascrell bill would
restrict the credit to biodiesel produced domestically in the US.
is urging supporters of the tax credit to contact their U.S. Representatives and
ask them to co-sponsor the bill. H.R. 5240 can be found here
on the House website. Biodiesel supporters can call their U.S. representative
by calling the House switchboard at 202-225-3121 or visiting
the House website here to do a zip-code search to find their local congressman
and contact information.
EPA Honors Biodiesel Champions
|David Harris (left) and Joe
Biluck (right) receive awards from the U.S. EPA |
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently honored two long time biodiesel
leaders for their outstanding commitment to the environment. David E. Harris Jr.
of the Harvard University Fleet Management Division, and Joe Biluck of Medford
Township Public Schools in Medford, NJ are the visionaries behind their fleet’s
move to environmentally-friendly biodiesel fuel.
Medford Township Public Schools was
the first school district in the country to use biodiesel starting in 1997. Today
it is the nation’s longest continuous user of biodiesel in a student transportation
fleet. By using biodiesel, Joe Biluck has helped Medford eliminate 123,376 pounds
of smog forming emissions, and reduced the fleet operation cost by $170,000. On
May 13 the EPA presented Joe Biluck and Medford with the 2016 Environmental Champion Award in New York City.
2004, Harvard was the first Ivy League school to power its diesel vehicles with
cleaner burning biodiesel. Now Harvard operates a fleet of about 75 service vehicles,
as well as an additional 25 pieces of off-road maintenance equipment, all running
on biodiesel. In total, Harvard University uses over 100,000 gallons of biodiesel
per year. David Harris and Harvard University accepted the 2016 Environmental Merit Award on May 10.
National Biodiesel Board is proud to work with both David Harris and Joe Biluck,
and their leadership and vision is helping to improve environmental quality and
lower emissions through the use of America’s Advanced Biofuel” says Ron Marr,
chairman of the National Biodiesel Board.
Biluck and Harris also serve as “Biodiesel
Ambassadors,” a volunteer program run by NBB to help spread awareness of biodiesel
and to ensure understanding in their communities and nation-wide.
New Co-Chairs to Lead Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel
of North Carolina State University is one of two new co-chairs selected for Next
Generation Scientists for Biodiesel |
Generation Scientists for Biodiesel, a program that promotes understanding
of scientific facts behind biodiesel and fosters academic collaboration, has selected
two new student co-chairs as leaders. The NGSB program, led by the National Biodiesel
Board, has chosen Jennifer Greenstein of North Carolina State
University and James Brizendine of Missouri University of Science and Technology.
who majors in Environmental Engineering, first became interested in biodiesel
during an experimental entrepreneurship course. His project simulated a biodiesel
start-up business model. That led to an internship in which he often talked to
biodiesel production companies, trucking companies, soybean farmers and grease
collectors, as well as a trip to visit the National Biodiesel Board in Jefferson City, Mo.
a co-chair of NGSB is an amazing opportunity to become deeply involved with the
biodiesel industry and the people that run it,” James said. “I am also already
involved in spreading the word about biodiesel and being co-chair will really
help me gain momentum with my current campus efforts, which include trying to
build a biodiesel reactor.”
Greenstein is pursuing her PhD in Plant and Microbial
Biology. While a student, she began working for Piedmont Biofuels, a biodiesel
producer. For her research, Greenstein is working on developing lipases, which
are a catalyst to make biodiesel. Listen
to interview with Jennifer Greenstein.
Greenstein and Brizendine join two other
existing co-chairs: Jesse
Mayer, University of Nevada – Reno, and James
Anderson, Southern Illinois University.
Elon University and the BioBus
Elon University is one of many colleges with an eye on
sustainability. In January of 2007 Elon University began operating its first
on a blend of 20 percent biodiesel in an effort to use a cleaner source of fuel
than traditional petroleum. Once the university saw the success of biodiesel,
they quickly began to invest more. With the help of a federal grant, Elon
University is able to operate its own refueling station on campus. They
also now operate a fleet of 11 BioBuses that transport students and faculty as
well as community members around the town of Elon, North Carolina.
addition to Elon University’s BioBuses, the school also operates more than 55
alternative fuel vehicles as they try to use every option available to reduce
their carbon emissions. The university found that in 2012, commuter travel
accounted for 10 percent of their carbon emissions, with the university fleet
adding on another two percent. With the use of alternative, renewable fuels
like biodiesel, the school hopes to reach a goal of climate neutrality by 2037.
reduces carbon emissions by more than 50 percent compared to petroleum according
to the US EPA. Elon University has embraced these reductions and continues
to try to find even more ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Elon University
is getting where it needs to go with cleaner burning, renewable biodiesel.