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National Biodiesel Board

U.S. Biodiesel Use Mark Set in 2015

January 25, 2016 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biodiesel ‘Is Becoming a Mainstream American Fuel,’ Says NBB
As U.S. EPA Data Indicates a Record of Almost 2.1 Gallons in 2015
And the Association Gets Underway with Annual Meeting in Tampa

The National Biodiesel Board is trumpeting record consumption of early 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in the U.S. in 2015, citing new data from the U.S. EPA. NBB meanwhile is hosting its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. this week: January 25-28.

The National Biodiesel Board is hosting its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. this week: January 25-28.

The National Biodiesel Board is hosting its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. this week: January 25-28. Click image or here for details.

According to the EPA data, fuel companies reported producing 2.09 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, up from about 1.97 billion gallons in 2014.

“We’re seeing it take hold across the country, NBB CEO Joe Jobe said in a release. “Consumers are seeking out cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels and they see biodiesel as a high-performing, cost-competitive alternative to petroleum diesel.”

‘The RFS Is Absolutely Working’

“These numbers also show without question that the Renewable Fuel Standard is delivering significant volumes of Advanced Biofuel to the American people. They prove that the RFS is absolutely working,” Jobe said.


“Biodiesel is still a young industry, but it is becoming a mainstream American fuel that’s having a real impact in helping us cut pollution, create jobs and diversify the fuels market.”

NBB notes too however “a troubling trend in which imports are increasingly flooding the U.S. market and undercutting U.S. production.

Imports on the Rise

“According to the data, domestic production remained flat at about 1.42 billion gallons, compared with about 1.47 billion gallons in 2014 and 1.50 billion gallons in 2013. Meanwhile, imports rose from 510 million gallons in 2014 to an estimated 670 million gallons in 2015, a jump of more than 25%.”

The National Biodiesel Board continues to promote the benefits of the renewable fuel.

The National Biodiesel Board continues to promote the benefits of the renewable fuel.

“We are increasingly seeing subsidized, predatory imports undercutting U.S. production – in part by taking advantage of U.S. policies aimed at building up the domestic industry,” Jobe said. “This is exactly what we have been warning would happen, and it will continue until we take steps to level the playing field, including by reforming the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic production credit.”

‘U.S. Companies Can’t Fairly Compete’

NBB has urged Congress to reform the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive from a blender’s credit to a producer’s credit. Under the existing blender’s structure, biodiesel that is produced overseas and blended in the U.S. is increasingly taking advantage of the incentive, sending U.S. tax benefits to foreign producers. Most of the imports already receive valuable incentives overseas, while US companies are typically barred from taking advantage of those overseas incentives.

“We welcome competition but U.S. companies can’t fairly compete against foreign companies that are double-dipping on overseas and US incentives while not letting U.S. producers compete in their domestic markets,” Jobe said.

Next Year’s NBB Annual: San Diego

“This reform is a simple fix that would appropriately focus U.S. tax dollars on creating jobs and stimulating economic development here at home instead of overseas.”

NBB’s annual meeting is being held at the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. It is managed by Denver’s Kinsley Meetings.

Next year’s NBB gala has been set for January 16-19, 2017 in San Diego.


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Source: National Biodiesel Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

U.S. EPA Finalizes Its RFS Volumes Rule

December 1, 2015 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Biofuel Industry Is an Incredible American Success Story’

The U.S. EPA released the final volume requirements under its Renewable Fuel Standard program for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 this week, as well as final volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014 to 2017.
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CARB Re-Adopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard

September 29, 2015 in Biodiesel, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

National Biodiesel Board Is Quick to Claim LCFS Leadership

The California Air Resources Board last week formally re-adopted its LCFS, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard requiring a 10% reduction by 2020 in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels used in the state.

CARB's Mary Nichols

CARB’s Mary Nichols

“The LCFS, a pillar supporting the state’s efforts to fight climate change, delivers more clean fuels for Californians, and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants,” states a release.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) was quick to state that its fuel has “the best carbon score among all liquid fuels.”

‘A Key Element of California’s Plans’

The agency action “builds on years of successful implementation and will continue reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector,” CARB chair Mary Nichols said in a release.

“Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gases in the state,” Nichols said. “This program is a key element of California’s plans to enact Governor Brown’s Executive Order mandating a 50% cut in petroleum use by 2030.”

Carbon Intensity

The LCFS program requires that transportation fuels used in California meet a baseline target for carbon intensity. That target is reduced each year. If a product is above the annual carbon intensity target, the fuel incurs deficits. If a product is below that target, the fuel generates credits which may be used later for compliance, or sold to other producers who have deficits.


“So far,” CARB says, “fuel producers are over-complying with the regulation.”

NBB's Don Scott

NBB’s Don Scott

CARB determines carbon intensity via a life cycle analysis measuring the amount of carbon generated during the extraction, production, transportation, and combustion of a fuel. The agency notes that the LCFS program does not require use of any specific fuel, “only that regulated parties find a blend of fuels and credits that will meet the declining target each year.”

It Depends on the Source

According to NBB, the new standard affirms that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 81% versus petroleum, giving it the best carbon score among all liquid fuels. (emphasis added: natural gas has a higher carbon intensity than the various biodiesel types, but the scores for renewable natural gas from landfills and feedlots are far lower.)

“Biodiesel is the most sustainable fuel on the planet,” NBB sustainability director Don Scott said in his organization’s release. “Low carbon alternatives can also be low cost alternatives when we use diverse supplies of renewable resources. This validates that California’s carbon reduction goals are obtainable.”


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Source: CARB and NBB with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

EPA Posts New Renewable Goals

June 2, 2015 in Biofuels, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

RFS Proposal Disappoints Some Advanced Fuels Developers

The U.S. EPA has proposed new volume requirements under its Renewable Fuel Standard program for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. The agency also proposed volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2017.
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Minnesota Sued on Biodiesel Mandate

April 22, 2015 in Biodiesel, litigation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

10% Requirement Said to Be Bad for Business, and Vehicles,
National Biodiesel Board ‘Disappointed’ at the Legal Action
As Local Lung Association Points Up Emissions Reductions

A coalition of businesses including the Minnesota Trucking Association has sued the state in federal court, asking for repeal of biodiesel content requirements of 10% in the summer, going to as high as 20% in 2018.

MNtrucking-logoThe Minnesota biodiesel mandate took effect on July 1, 2014. It is “likely raising fueling costs for all diesel vehicles,” states a release issued by MTA, the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute, and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

The National Biodiesel Board says B10 – a 10% biodiesel blend – has worked “very well, without negative price impacts on consumers.”

The plaintiffs are suing Minnesota’s Pollution Control Agency and the state departments of Agriculture and Commerce, basing their claims under U.S. and state laws including the federal Clean Air Act and the Minnesota Administrative Procedures Act.


Warranties Violated

“Most diesel-fueled passenger cars and light trucks were not designed for – and are not warranted to run on – biofuel blends of 10 or 20%,” they say.

“Use of such fuel blends could result in increased maintenance costs and engine problems… These problems could impact manufacturers and dealers in the state through lost sales and increased warranty claims.

“Minnesota is forcing the sale of what has historically been more costly fuel,” states the release. “The State is purposefully denying access to needed fuels recommended for use in many diesel vehicles while likely raising fueling costs for all diesel vehicles.”

‘Truckers Already Are Avoiding Fueling in Minnesota’

According to the suit itself, as filed in U.S. District Court for Minnesota by the Minneapolis law firm Bassford Remele, problems related to the biodiesel mandate “will cause some auto dealers and auto manufacturers to lose sales and incur greater costs associated with increased warranty claims.

“Moreover, auto manufacturers will see erosion of hard-won brand loyalty. Knowing that B10 typically costs more than petroleum diesel and requires additional maintenance to vehicles, interstate truckers already are avoiding fueling in Minnesota.”

“This lawsuit,” the plaintiffs say, “seeks to restore consumer choice.”

The Lung Association Likes Biodiesel

The American Lung Association in Minnesota, which hosts the Minneapolis Clean Cities organization, declined to comment on the lawsuit, but a spokesman told F&F that B10 – 10% biodiesel – eliminates 163 tons of particulate matter, 216 tons of hydrocarbon, and 1,820 tons of carbon monoxide emissions per year.

“Vehicle emissions are the single largest source of air pollution in the state,” said the Lung Association’s Bob Moffitt. “We’ve always been a supporter of biodiesel,” he said, noting that the city of Minneapolis operates fire trucks, ambulances, transit buses and snow plows on the fuel.

“We are disappointed the American Petroleum Institute and other national groups have sued to suspend Minnesota’s strong, local biodiesel policy,” the National Biodiesel Board said Wednesday.

‘Stop Fighting Progress with Lawsuits Against Renewable Fuels’

“The policy was created in response to Minnesotans broad desire to diversify the fuel supply with locally produced biodiesel that creates jobs, protects our environment and reduces our dependence on foreign oil,” NBB said.

“The fact is Minnesota voters elected their leaders, and those leaders have recognized the outstanding benefits of biodiesel by voting to extend this policy after proven success. Other states such as Illinois have also clearly demonstrated that volumes of B10 or more work very well, without negative price impacts on consumers.

“We would encourage API and others to stop fighting progress with lawsuits against renewable fuels and to join the movement to protecting consumers by diversifying our fuel supplies with cleaner alternatives.”


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Source: Minnesota Trucking Association with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

U.S. Biodiesel Output Slipped in 2014

January 19, 2015 in Biodiesel, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘These Numbers Reflect the Consequences of Policy Inaction

U.S. biodiesel consumption fell to 1.75 billion gallons in 2014, down slightly from nearly 1.8 billion gallons in 2013, the National Biodiesel Board reported Friday, citing figures from the U.S. EPA.

Blame the downturn on policy uncertainty in Washington “that destabilized the industry and caused many biodiesel plants to shut down or reduce production,” NBB says: the Obama administration failed to finalize biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard and Congress allowed the biodiesel tax incentive to lapse at the beginning of 2014.

Joe Jobe

Joe Jobe

“These numbers reflect the consequences of policy inaction,” NBB CEO Joe Jobe said in a release.

Could Have Been Worse

“The numbers would have been even lower had the EPA not signaled throughout the year that it will strengthen the RFS proposal and finalize it promptly,” Jobe said. “Companies can operate on faith for only so long. We have already seen many producers close their doors, and many others are struggling to stay open as we enter a New Year with continued uncertainty.”

“The most frustrating aspect is that this is completely unnecessary,” Jobe said. “This is an industry that should be growing, and that has proven it can expand with smart policies in place. Yet we have this paralysis in Washington. Biodiesel companies simply can’t plan for growth or hire new people with the kind of uncertainty we have now.”


National biodiesel consumption slipped in 2014.

National biodiesel consumption slipped in 2014.

‘Get Things Back on Track’

NBB notes that Congress allowed the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive to expire for “the fourth time in six years.” Congress reinstated the incentive late last year, covering 2014 but not 2015.

“We are calling on the Obama administration to get things back on track immediately by finalizing biodiesel RFS volumes that pave the way for stable growth in the coming years,” Jobe said. “Additionally, we are urging Congress to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive now instead of procrastinating until the final days of the session.”

NBB 2015, the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, is talking place this week in Fort Worth, Texas.


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Source: National Biodiesel Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Bay Area Biodiesel Summit Next Week

October 1, 2014 in Biodiesel, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Cities Holding Free Meeting at San Francisco Library

SFCCC-logoThe Bay Area and San Francisco Clean Cities Coalitions are hosting a free Biodiesel Summit on Tuesday, October 7 at the San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium.

Supporting organizations include the National Biodiesel Board and NAFTC, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium.

The meeting will cover “everything you need to know about transitioning to biodiesel or renewable diesel,” organizers say, including

  • fuel characteristics and performance attributes;
  • emissions and sustainability profiles;
  • regulations and legislation that may impact fuel decisions;
  • fleet conversion experiences and best practices; and
  • biodiesel procurement strategies.


The October 7 Bay Area Clean Cities Biodiesel Summit is slated to run from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Lunch is included. Register.


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Source: Clean Cities Coalitions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

 

New York City Mandates Biodiesel

September 9, 2013 in Biodiesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NBB is Stoked as City Law Is Enacted: B20 by 2016

New York City, a longtime user of biodiesel, has enacted legislation mandating its, use, setting a phased schedule for use of B5 and then B20, with the possibility of making the requirement effective year-round.
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EPA OKs Camelina, Energy Cane

February 24, 2013 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Groups Applaud Agency Action Helping Displace Foreign Oil

Biofuels advocates are applauding the U.S. EPA’s approval of non-food camelina as a basis for biodiesel production and fibrous energy cane for cellulosic ethanol. The action means that the products are eligible for credits under the RFS, the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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‘Biodiesel Goes High-Stakes’

February 11, 2013 in Biodiesel, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NBB Sets Goal of 10% On-Road Diesel Market Share by 2022

Calling it “10×22,” the National Biodiesel Board has set a goal to achieve a 10% share of the national on-road diesel market by 2022. “It is not about replacing every drop of petroleum, it is about continuing to diversify transportation energy so we can meet our needs affordably and sustainably,” said NBB CEO Joe Jobe said in a release at his organization’s annual meeting and convention in Las Vegas last week.
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NBB Applauds Chevy Cruz for 2014

February 11, 2013 in Biodiesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Group ‘Applauds Domestic Automakers’ Support for Biodiesel’

The National Biodiesel Board is celebrating General Motors’ introduction, at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Florida, of the diesel-fueled Chevrolet Cruze sedan for 2014 – for which the automaker has approved B20 biodiesel use.
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Biodiesel Tops a Billion Gallons Again

January 25, 2013 in Biodiesel, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Industry Pleased Too at Friday’s Positive Court Ruling

The U.S. biodiesel industry broke the 1 billion gallon mark in 2012 for the second consecutive year, the National Biodiesel Board reports, citing year-end production figures released January 23 by the U.S. EPA. The total volume of nearly 1.1 billion gallons was roughly flat over 2011 production, exceeding it by just 6 million gallons, NBB says.
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Biodiesel Revs Up for Las Vegas

January 3, 2013 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Meeting Follows Fast on Extension of $1 Tax Credit

The National Biodiesel Board is gearing up for its tenth National Biodiesel Conference & Expo February 4-7 in Las Vegas, hot on the heels of the late New Year’s Day news from Washington that the $1 per gallon tax credit for B100 fuel would be extended through 2013 – and applied retroactively for 2012.
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EPA Boosts RFS Biomass Volumes

September 24, 2012 in Biodiesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘An Incredibly Important Decision,’ Says NBB’s Jobe

The U.S. biodiesel industry commended the Obama administration late last week for increasing the biodiesel volume requirement for next year under RFS, the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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Genscape and NBB for RIN Integrity

June 1, 2012 in Biodiesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The National Biodiesel Board says it’s taken “another step towards stabilizing the RIN market” by launching an integrity service with Louisville, Ky.-based Genscape.

A RIN is a renewable identification number, part of a U.S. EPA system designed to keep track (and hence award credits) for biodiesel sales.
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Hino Hybrid for Late Summer

May 20, 2012 in Biodiesel, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hino Trucks is now targeting late this summer for its new cabover hybrid electric, unveiled with great fanfare at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis last year, and subsequently shown at ACT Expo 2011.
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Hino Honored for Biodiesel in 2012

February 10, 2012 in Biodiesel, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hino Trucks was honored at the National Biodiesel Conference in Florida last week, earning the National Biodiesel Board’s Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award for 2012.

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