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U.S. EPA Proposes Higher RFS Levels

June 1, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Says It’s ‘Committed to Keeping the RFS Program on Track’

The U.S. EPA has proposed increases to the volumes required under the federal RFS/Renewable Fuel Standard program, the complex system of tradable credits that allows bio-based fuels to compete and indeed thrive in the marketplace.
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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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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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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

Study Ignites Grass Biofuels Debate

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

Study Likens Damage to Deforestation in Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia,
RFA Issues a Rebuttal Citing ‘Crop Switching, Not Cropland Expansion’

A study by researchers at South Dakota State University has raised alarm about the impact of biofuels industry growth on grasslands in five upper Midwest states comprising the WCB, or western corn belt.
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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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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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