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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

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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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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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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U.S. Biodiesel Breaks 1 Billion Gallon Mark

January 28, 2012 in Biodiesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

“The U.S. biodiesel industry reached a key milestone by producing more than 1 billion gallons of fuel in 2011,” the National Biodiesel Board said late last week, citing year-end numbers released by the U.S. EPA on Friday.
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Biodiesel’s Key Incentive Lapses

January 2, 2012 in Biodiesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The U.S. biodiesel industry set a production record in 2011 but may not repeat this year, as a key, $1-per-gallon tax credit has again been allowed to expire.

According to the National Biodiesel Board, the industry saw “a remarkable turnaround” in 2011 as Congress reinstated the credit following a one-year lapse in 2010.
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New U.S. Biodiesel Production Record

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

The U.S. biodiesel industry set a new record for annual production through just the first ten months of 2011, according to U.S. EPA figures, “proving the power that strong domestic energy policy has in creating U.S. jobs and boosting the economy,” says the National Biodiesel Board.

Through October, the U.S. industry produced more than 802 million gallons of biodiesel “in plants from Florida to Iowa to Washington State,” NBB reports.

San Francisco Muni operates its hybrid buses on biodiesel

San Francisco Muni operates its hybrid buses on biodiesel

“We could break the billion-gallon mark,” NBB federal communications director Ben Evans told F&F from Washington last week.

The ten-month tally more than doubles last year’s production of some 315 million gallons and shatters the previous annual record of approximately 690 million gallons set in 2008.

U.S biodiesel got a boost as a key $1 per gallon tax incentive was reinstated for 2011. It will expire at year-end unless Congress acts.

“I can say without question that this tax credit has helped us grow our production and hire new people, and it will play a big role in our growth going forward,” Gabe Neeriemer, president of Patriot Biodiesel in Greensboro, N.C. says in an NBB release. “It will affect how many people we can hire, how much feedstock and equipment we buy, how many truckers we put to work delivering fuel,” Neeriemer said.

Patriot was forced to suspend operations when the tax credit expired at the end of 2010. “With the incentive restored this year, the plant is not only back online but is expanding production to about 5 million gallons per year and hiring a half dozen new employees,” NBB says.

NBB Annual Meeting in Orlando in February

“This incentive is working, and particularly in this kind of economy when politicians say they’re doing everything they can to create jobs, I can’t imagine why Congress would allow it to expire,” Neeriemer said.

NBB, citing a study by Cardno-Entrix, says that this year’s increased biodiesel production will support more than 31,000 jobs – up from fewer than 13,000 last year – while generating at least $3 billion in GDP and $628 million in federal, state and local tax revenues. In addition to creating jobs and economic activity, biodiesel is reducing U.S. reliance on foreign oil, bolstering economic and national security by diversifying our fuel supply, and reducing tailpipe pollution and greenhouse gases emissions, NBB says.

NBB 2012, the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo, will be held February 5-8 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee ( Orlando), Fla. The biodiesel annual is again being managed by Denver’s Kinsley Meetings.

Biodiesel's Key Incentive Lapses

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Used cooking oil collection vehicle in San Francisco

Used cooking oil collection vehicle in San Francisco

The U.S. biodiesel industry set a production record in 2011 but may not repeat this year, as a key, $1-per-gallon tax credit has again been allowed to expire.

According to the National Biodiesel Board, the industry saw “a remarkable turnaround” in 2011 as Congress reinstated the credit following a one-year lapse in 2010. “When the credit lapsed, dozens of plants shut down and thousands of jobs were lost as 2010 production plummeted to about 315 million gallons, the lowest level since 2006,” NBB said.

Looking now at a repeat, “We’re disappointed,” federal affairs Anne Steckel said in a December 21 release. “Jobs and the economy are supposed to be the top priority in Washington, yet Congress has left thousands of workers in limbo heading into the holidays by failing to extend this tax incentive. It’s a missed opportunity,” Steckel said. “We are urging Congress to pass an extension immediately… to limit the economic damage.”

NBB noted the next day that, according to U.S. EPA tallies, nearly 108 million gallons of biomass-based diesel was sold during the month of November, continuing a record year (F&F, Dec. 12). The total through November was 908 million gallons. The previous annual record for biodiesel production was 690 million gallons in 2008.

Biodiesel's Key Incentive Lapses

January 2, 2012 in Biodiesel by rich  |  No Comments

Used cooking oil collection vehicle in San Francisco

Used cooking oil collection vehicle in San Francisco

The U.S. biodiesel industry set a production record in 2011 but may not repeat this year, as a key, $1-per-gallon tax credit has again been allowed to expire.

According to the National Biodiesel Board, the industry saw “a remarkable turnaround” in 2011 as Congress reinstated the credit following a one-year lapse in 2010. “When the credit lapsed, dozens of plants shut down and thousands of jobs were lost as 2010 production plummeted to about 315 million gallons, the lowest level since 2006,” NBB said.

Looking now at a repeat, “We’re disappointed,” federal affairs Anne Steckel said in a December 21 release. “Jobs and the economy are supposed to be the top priority in Washington, yet Congress has left thousands of workers in limbo heading into the holidays by failing to extend this tax incentive. It’s a missed opportunity,” Steckel said. “We are urging Congress to pass an extension immediately… to limit the economic damage.”

NBB noted the next day that, according to U.S. EPA tallies, nearly 108 million gallons of biomass-based diesel was sold during the month of November, continuing a record year (F&F, Dec. 12). The total through November was 908 million gallons. The previous annual record for biodiesel production was 690 million gallons in 2008.



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