|Voters Give A Strong "Yes" to Biodiesel Policy |
Policies supporting biodiesel production
would win a resounding vote of confidence if they were on the ballot in last month’s
elections, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the National Biodiesel
Board ahead of the November elections.
Three out of four voters (75 percent)
support a tax incentive for biodiesel, the survey found. Seventy-six percent said
they support a national renewable fuel standard. The survey of nearly 1,200 registered
U.S. voters was conducted by Moore Information Opinion Research.
numbers reflect overwhelming public support for developing cleaner, alternative
fuels so that we’re not so dangerously dependent on petroleum,” said Anne
Steckel, NBB’s vice president of federal affairs. “These policies are popular
because they are effective. We’re gradually reducing our dependence on oil.
We’re reducing harmful and costly pollution. And we’re creating jobs and economic
activity at home. Congress and the Obama administration should take cues from
the people who elected them and step up to make sure we have strong, stable policies
supporting biodiesel production.”
Among other findings in the survey,
85 percent of respondents said a candidate’s position on energy issues was somewhat
important or very important in their voting decision, and 78 percent said a candidate’s
position on alternative fuels was very important or somewhat important.
to Action on Biodiesel Tax Incentive
It’s crunch time for advocacy
on the biodiesel tax incentive
Negotiations are well underway on a deal to renew a package
of expired tax incentives known as “tax extenders,” and this is the best chance
for the biodiesel incentive to be reinstated this year. The National Biodiesel
Board is calling on all biodiesel supporters to contact their U.S. senators and
representatives regularly during the “lame duck” session before Congress adjourns
this year to press them to fight for reinstating the biodiesel incentive.
biodiesel tax incentive is in a good position to be included in legislation thanks
to the groundwork NBB and industry supporters have laid earlier in the year. In
April, the Senate Finance Committee included biodiesel in a bipartisan tax extenders
bill containing about 50 incentives to be reinstated. That bill is currently serving
as a baseline for negotiations, but there will be efforts to block it or cut it
back significantly, so it is critical that the biodiesel community remains vocal
and aggressive. Supporters can start today by calling lawmakers’ offices in
Washington – both U.S. senators and U.S. representatives.
To find individual
members of Congress and their contact information, visit the Senate
website and the House
website. NBB has drafted talking
points that should be helpful. They are posted here
on the NBB Fueling Action website. Additionally, if assistance is needed in
reaching members of Congress, don’t hesitate to call NBB’s Washington office
at 202-737-8801 or email Ben Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
has been a difficult year for many in the biodiesel community, but hopefully the
industry can end on a positive note by working together to make our voices heard on this important issue.
NBB Launches #PumpUpBiodiesel Social Media Campaign in November
NBB launched a social
media campaign in mid-November aimed to garner support for biodiesel and spread
the word about its benefits.
The EPA and the White House continue to review the proposed
rule for biodiesel under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, so the campaign was
aimed at sharing positive information about biodiesel. As many supporters already
know, biodiesel has a variety of benefits including; reducing greenhouse gas emissions,
creating American jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. The grassroots
push by biodiesel supporters and stakeholders took place during a time that would
hopefully grab the Administration’s attention while promoting the benefits of the fuel.
Participants used the hashtag, #PUMPUPBiodiesel,
on both twitter and Facebook throughout mid-to-late November. This hashtag reflects
the industry’s goals of growing the biodiesel market to 10 billion gallons by
2022. It also ties to the industry’s call for an increase in volumes under the RFS.
You can view the site for the social
media campaign at www.biodiesel.org/pumpupbiodiesel
where signs that include several statements as to why America should #PUMPUPBiodiesel
can be found. NBB asked participants to take a photo of themselves or with their
colleagues, family, and/or friends holding the sign with the statement that resonated
the most with them. To see the campaign in action, visit NBB’s
twitter page and Facebook page.
You can still participate in the
#PUMPUPBiodiesel campaign by using the hashtag and by posting your pictures on
NBB’s social media pages. Keep an eye out for future pushes as we ramp up our efforts.
NBB Members Elect Industry Leadership
Last week National Biodiesel Board members gathered
in St. Louis for the annual fall membership meeting. During the meeting members
discussed a number of important topics and also voted to fill seven open positions on the governing board.
has faced many challenges but with strong leadership from among all sectors of
the industry we are in a position as an organization to face those challenges
head on,” said NBB CEO Joe Jobe. “This industry has produced more than a billion
gallons of advanced biofuels each of the last three years and will continue to
grow into the future under the direction of the board.”
Officers elected to lead the board are:
J. Levy, chairman, Sprague Operating Resources
- Ron Marr, vice chair, Minnesota Soybean Processors
- Mike Cunningham, treasurer,
American Soybean Association
- Greg Anderson, secretary, Nebraska Soybean Board
elected to the Governing Board included officers Steven J. Levy, Greg Anderson,
and Mike Cunningham along with:
- Jennifer Case, New Leaf Biofuel
- Tim Keaveney, HERO BX
- Robert Morton, Newport Biodiesel
- Ben Wootton, World Energy
Marr, Gary Haer, Todd Ellis, Kent Engelbrecht, Ed Hegland, Bob Metz, Robert Stobaugh,
and Ed Ulch also continue to serve on the Governing Board.
Area Clean Cities Honors DC Biodiesel Champions
The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition
(GWRCCC) honored three biodiesel leaders from the Washington region for their
commitment to reducing petroleum consumption by using alternative fuels. The individuals
were recognized during the 2nd Annual Awards Luncheon at the Crystal Gateway Marriott
in Crystal City, VA.
The GWRCCC recognized William Howland, Director, DC Department of Public
Works; Timothy Fitzgerald, Fleet Director, DC Water; and Christopher O'Brien,
Director of Sustainability, American University.
“Each of these individuals has demonstrated a strong
commitment to biodiesel, and their efforts are helping to reduce harmful emissions
and protect our environment,” said Steven J. Levy, National Biodiesel Board
Chairman. “The biodiesel industry is grateful for their leadership in the nation’s
Capital where they serve as role models for a clean energy future.”
The winners were honored
in the following three categories:
- Member of the Year Award: William
Howland, Director, DC Department of Public Works
- The Most Visionary Professional (MVP):
Timothy Fitzgerald, Fleet Director, DC Water
- Sustainability Award (University):
Christopher O'Brien, Director of Sustainability, American University
more about GWRCCC and the other honorees.
General Sessions Promise to be
Your Most Important Meetings at Conference
January 19-22 promises to be the best National Biodiesel
Conference & Expo. Tuesday and Wednesday will contain some of the most significant
meetings of the week. Each morning at 10:30 a.m. attendees will experience full
powered, fast moving general sessions that provide industry perspective and dialogue
only available in Fort Worth.
Participants will experience the depth and expertise
of the biodiesel industry and trade associations. Features include political leaders,
industry experts, influential CEOs, NBB leadership, and insightful and relevant
keynote speakers. Dr. Valerie Patrick, Founder and President of Fulcrum Connection
LLC is just one of the many significant speakers to address conference attendees.
Patrick is slated to deliver a thought-provoking and timely keynote address. She
is a trained scientist and facilitator that helps technical organizations improve
productivity through critical thinking and science-based collaboration. Combined
with her 25 years of corporate experience she is a leader in technical and strategic
initiatives that have worked to identify and pursue new sources of organizational
value for both Bayer and Monsanto.
She served as inaugural Chairperson
of the Association for Climate Change Officers Board of Directors and now serves
on ACCO’s advisory board. She received a Silver Facilitation Impact Award from
the International Association of Facilitators in 2014. Dr. Patrick is a Certified
Professional Facilitator, an SOQ Qualified Climate Practitioner, and a Trained
Creative Problem Solving Facilitator. Dr. Patrick received her Chemical Engineering
B.S. from Bucknell University and her Chemical Engineering M.S. /Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology.
miss Dr. Patrick’s keynote, or any of the influential industry leaders that
will be featured during the conference. See you at the general sessions!
Fuel Station to Open Near O'Hare
part of the ongoing sustainability efforts at Chicago's airports, the Chicago
Department of Aviation (CDA) announced the development of a 4,000-square-foot
travel center featuring a range of alternative fuels and food options on city-owned
vacant land near O'Hare International Airport.
According to Neysan Rassekh of PMG
Airport Developers, “This innovative partnership with Clean Energy allows us
to create the next generation in fuel and food options. A one stop shop where
traditional fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG), biodiesel,
and electric charging stations compliment a variety of food offerings.”
Located at the Southeast
corner of Higgins Road and Patton Drive, the travel center will offer CNG, biodiesel, fast-charge charging stations for electric vehicles, conventional gasoline, and food options.
better access to alternative fuels at O'Hare provides multiple benefits for the
City and the public,” said Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago. “We are able to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality, while at the same time generating revenue.”
announcement was made at the Airports Going Green Conference (AGGC), the airport
industry's leading sustainability forum. Airports Going Green Conference is hosted
annually by the CDA and the American Association of Airport Executives.
target open date for the travel center is early 2016.
Magazine Advertising Prime Space to Reach Industry
issue of Biodiesel Magazine is distributed to all attendees at the National
Biodiesel Conference. It will also be distributed at the Commodity Classic. Advertising
space in this issue is open for reservation until Wednesday, December 3rd. Themed around
biodiesel process technology and plant optimization, the January/February 2015
issue of Biodiesel Magazine
will highlight the latest advances in the biodiesel technology sector, including
commercialization efforts in liquid and immobilized enzymatic processing, microwave
research and development, new pretreatment methods, and optimization techniques
from some of the most recognized names in the industry. In addition to feature
and contribution articles emphasizing technology and optimization, the January/February
issue will include the latest biodiesel news, business briefs and updates
from your trade organization, the National Biodiesel Board.
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