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|Industry Calls All Hands On Deck to Weigh In On RFS Proposal |
biodiesel industry has never needed stakeholder action more. The EPA has proposed
cutting renewable fuels volumes next year under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS),
including for biodiesel. As the leading EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel in the
nation, the industry is urgently asking the EPA to support a modest increase for
the biodiesel volume to at least 1.7 billion gallons, which is current-year production!
Without it, the industry will shrink, leading plants to close in communities across
the country. You can help in two ways:
- First, please (click here on the NBB’s
Fueling Action website) to send a letter to the EPA calling for a 2014 RFS
volume of at least 1.7 billion gallons. It only takes a minute. All you have to
do is fill in your name and address and click “Send”.
- Second, please
take a few minutes today to call your U.S. Representative and ask that they sign
a biodiesel support letter that is being circulated in the U.S. House by Reps.
Mike McIntyre and Tom Latham. The deadline is Friday for gaining signatures. All
you have to do is ask: Would your U.S. Representative sign on to the letter supporting
growth in the biodiesel industry? They can sign on by simply contacting Kaitlin Wolf in Rep. McIntyre’s office or Ian Manzano in Rep. Latham’s office.
You can reach your Representative by calling the House switchboard at (202) 225-3121
or find them through http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.
This is a critical situation for U.S. biodiesel. The EPA’s proposed
rule for next year would set biodiesel volumes at 1.28 billion gallons while shrinking
the overall Advanced requirement to 2.2 billion gallons. The biodiesel category
is a subset of the overall Advanced category. The draft proposal is particularly
damaging because it freezes the biodiesel reduction for two years – 2014 and
2015. Additionally, because excess biodiesel production in 2013 can be carried
over for compliance into 2014 the 1.28 billion gallon proposal for 2014 could
mean an effective market closer to 1 billion gallons – a dramatic reduction from current production levels.
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Biodiesel Industry Elects Officers, Governing Board
Biodiesel Board members elected their leaders and voted to fill eight positions
on the 15-person board during a membership meeting in Washington, DC last month.
“The biodiesel industry is on pace for
record production in 2013 but the challenges facing this industry are significant,”
said new NBB Chairman Steven J. Levy. “I am optimistic about our future as we face those challenges with a strong and diverse
elected to lead the board are Chairman, Steven J. Levy; Vice Chairman, Ron Marr;
Treasurer, Mike Cunningham; and Secretary, Greg Anderson.
elected governing board members include:
- Todd Ellis, Imperium Renewables
- Kent Engelbrecht, ADM
- Gary Haer, Renewable Energy Group
- Ed Hegland, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council
- Ron Marr, Minnesota Soybean Processors
- Bob Metz, South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council
- Robert Stobaugh, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board
- Ed Ulch, Iowa Soybean Association
The following members continue to serve on the governing board:
- Greg Anderson, Nebraska Soybean Board
- Jennifer Case, New Leaf Biofuel, LLC
- Mike Cunningham, American Soybean Association
- Brandon Foley, Sanimax Energy
- Steven J. Levy, Sprague Operating Resources LLC
- Timothy Keaveney, HERO BX
- John Wright, Owensboro Grain Company
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|Biodiesel Industry Supporting Record Number of Jobs, Economic Activity |
U.S. biodiesel industry – the largest producer of EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel
in the nation – is supporting more than 62,000 jobs and $2.6 billion in wages
this year with production on pace for a record 1.7 billion gallons, according to a study released last month.
is further evidence that a growing biodiesel industry and a strong Renewable Fuel
Standard (RFS) are good for the economy," said Anne Steckel, vice president of
federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). "Biodiesel is a true RFS
success story, and we should continue that momentum next year with modest growth that will create even more jobs."
study, which can be found here, found that employment supported by the
industry would drop by almost 8,000 jobs if the EPA were to limit production to
1.28 billion gallons, as recently proposed.
"The negative impact of
this proposal is clear – it would force biodiesel plants to close and put people
out of work," Steckel said. "The EPA and the Obama Administration can avoid that
by supporting a strong 2014 standard that is at least consistent with this year’s production.”
study, commissioned by NBB and conducted by LMC International, a global economic
research firm, looked at three production scenarios for 2014 that include the
EPA proposal for 2014 at 1.28 Billion gallons, the projected 2013 production of
1.7 Billion gallons, and a modest increase to 2 Billion gallons.
"The difference between
1.28 and 2 billion gallons next year could result in a swing of 12,000 jobs supported,
$500 million in wages paid, and $7.8 billion in total economic impact,” Steckel said.
1.28 billion gallons
1.7 billion gallons
2.0 billion gallons
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|32 Senators Urge Administration Support of Biodiesel in the RFS |
A bipartisan group of 32 U.S. senators from
across the country recently sent a letter asking the Obama administration to support
growth in the biodiesel industry next year under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
The senators, representing biodiesel production
plants from Washington to Minnesota to Maine, specifically called on the administration
to establish a volume requirement of at least 1.7 billion gallons, consistent
with this year’s projected production. The letter was led by Sens. Patty Murray,
D-Wash., Al Franken, D-Minn., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. It
warned that a weakened RFS could lead to plant closures and thousands of lost
jobs while threatening future investment.
“Biodiesel has exceeded RFS targets in each year and is clearly poised
to do so again in 2013,” the senators wrote. “Biodiesel is improving our energy
security by reducing our dependence on imported petroleum diesel, diversifying
fuel supplies and creating competition in the fuels market. Setting the 2014 biodiesel
volume requirement at reduced levels could have severe impacts on the domestic biodiesel industry.”
Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs
at the National Biodiesel Board, thanked the senators for their support.
“This strong showing of bipartisan support
represents the very real impact that biodiesel is having in communities across
the country,” Steckel said. “It is creating jobs, reducing emissions and diversifying
our fuel supplies so that consumers and our economy are not so vulnerable to volatile global oil markets.”
“Biodiesel is an RFS success story,” she
said, “and we are urging the administration to continue the momentum.”
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|Keynote Speaker Announced for National Biodiesel Conference |
Do you believe in miracles? Sometimes the underdog wins. Just ask Olympic gold
medalist Jim Craig, goalie for the 1980 USA “Miracle on Ice” Hockey Team,
who will give the keynote address on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. Craig is
best remembered for his outstanding goaltending when the U.S. team beat the heavily
favored Russians and went on to win the Olympic gold medal in what’s been labeled
the greatest sports moment of the 20th Century.
Craig is currently president of Gold Medal Strategies, a motivational speaking
and sales training company. During the past 30 years, he has inspired and provided
strategic direction for more than 500 organizations and some of the world’s
most recognized brands. Craig’s latest business book, Gold Medal Strategies,
Business Lessons from America’s Miracle Team, was published in 2011.
Craig’s message comes at an appropriate time, with many people in the biodiesel
industry facing adversity due to uncertainty over the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.
Craig’s story shows a come-from-behind win is never completely out of reach!
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|Boston Parks & Rec Greens Up with Bioheat® |
Last month the City of Boston Parks & Recreation Department celebrated its
switch to Bioheat®, a blend of biodiesel and heating oil gaining
popularity in the Northeast. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating
the accompanying installation of new oil tanks in the Franklin Park Maintenance building.
The oil tank replacement was made possible thanks to NBB’s Bioheat Consumer
Advertising Campaign through CBS EcoMedia’s innovative EcoAd program, which
uses a portion of ad revenue for community improvement projects. The aging 1,000
gallon oil tank had decades of use behind it and was in need of an upgrade. The
new tank provides a clean start for the switch to cleaner burning Bioheat.
“The City of Boston is grateful for the tank replacement which was made possible
because of support from Bioheat and other partners,” said Antonia Pollak, Commissioner,
Boston Parks and Recreation. “This project is in keeping with Boston Mayor Thomas
Menino's Greenovate initiative which strives to have government officials work
with private sector partners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
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|Growing Number of Consumers Would Consider a Diesel Vehicle |
Fifty percent of consumers who plan to purchase a vehicle in the next
two years said they would consider a diesel vehicle, according to a recent survey
by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). That’s
an increase from just 31 percent of those surveyed in May who indicated they would
consider purchasing a diesel. The May survey found that 25 percent of respondents
cited the ability to use biodiesel as a reason why they would consider buying
a diesel vehicle. The number-one reason buyers would consider a diesel is
better fuel economy. Other factors included environmental benefits and reliability.
At the end of 2012, diesel car and SUV registrations reached nearly
800,000 in the US. When all passenger vehicles are included - cars, SUVs, pickup
trucks and vans - registrations reached 6.65 million. There are 27 diesel
models available to consumers in the U.S. market. Texas, California and Florida
lead the country with the most diesel vehicles on the road.
For information on auto manufacturer’s support of biodiesel
visit the OEM Information page at biodiesel.org.
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New Energy Department App Locates Biodiesel Pumps
There is a new tool available to help
drivers find biodiesel and other alternative fuel stations. The U.S. Department
of Energy recently launched the Alternative Fueling Station Locator app developed
by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The new mobile app provides
information on more than 15,000 fueling stations across the country.
can search for stations that offer biodiesel (B20), electricity, natural gas (compressed
and liquefied), ethanol (E85), hydrogen, and propane. The app is available for
the iPhone and iPad at no cost from the Apple App Store.
After the user selects a fuel,
the app maps the stations closest to his or her current location. It includes
the stations’ addresses, phone numbers, and operating hours. The app is
a mobile version of the Alternative Fueling Station Locator website -- one of
15 tools designed to reduce the use of petroleum in transportation available on
the Department's Alternative Fuels Data Center.
NBB’s mobile app - BiodieselNow – is another tool available to consumers
who are looking for biodiesel fueling sites, want to stay up-to-date on the latest
biodiesel news, and log their biodiesel usage along the way.
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