Biodiesel: Diesel engine option for renewable fuels standard

By | December 01, 2005
The U.S. EPA has begun its process of implementing the renewable fuels standard (RFS) contained in the recently enacted federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. For renewable diesel fuel's role in the legislation, National Biodiesel Board (NBB) staff and contractors are monitoring the U.S. EPA's rulemaking process and are in contact with agency staff, serving as a voice for biodiesel inclusion.

Gene Gebolys, chairman of the NBB Regulatory Committee, in consultation with NBB CEO Joe Jobe and NBB Chairman Darryl Brinkmann, has appointed an industry ad hoc committee on this issue. Members of this industry coordination committee are Chairman Jeff Nelson, Stepan Co.; Kris Kappenman, Archer Daniels Midland Co.; Ron Heck, American Soybean Association; John Campbell, Ag Processing Inc.; Mike Szady, Dow; Jim Conway, Griffin Industries; and Fred Wellons of Baker Commodities. Scott Hughes, Alan Weber, and Mark Palmer are staffing the committee.

The committee has identified several issues for clarification by the EPA. Some of the identified issues include ensuring biodiesel applicability as a compliance option for refiners and terminal operators beginning Jan. 1, 2006; and establishing an appropriate level of credit for biodiesel under the RFS's credit trading program. The RFS requires 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuels use by 2012.

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