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Growing advanced biofuel gallons

The Advanced Biofuels Association recently added three new members, two of which are biodiesel producers, bringing the volume of advanced biofuels gallons the organization represents to nearly 10 billion
By Ron Kotrba | June 01, 2016

Membership to the Advanced Biofuels Association is growing, and the group claims it now represents nearly 10 billion gallons of domestic and international biofuels production.

In late May, ABFA welcomed three new members—biodiesel producers Biox and Louis Dreyfus, and the Brazilian sugarcane industry association (UNICA).

Biox owns and operates a 17.7 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Indiana-based Louis Dreyfus is the largest fully integrated soybean processing and biodiesel plant in the U.S. with an 88 MMgy production capacity and a large glycerin refinery that was just recently added to its complex. UNICA is the leading trade association for the sugarcane industry in Brazil, representing 60 percent of the country’s sugarcane production and processing. Brazil is the second largest producer and exporter of renewable fuel behind the U.S.

“We are excited to add new members to our ranks and will continue to represent the advanced biofuels industry through highly effective advocacy and leadership on the issues that matter most to our industry,” said ABFA President Michael McAdams. “ABFA is focused on enhancing and extending the RFS program to build the next generation of advanced biofuels while protecting and extending the current blenders credit for all biodiesel and renewable diesel producers as long as politically possible.”  

The ABFA board also elected a new chairman, Neville Fernandes, head of sales and marketing and board member at Neste US Inc. In addition, five new representatives were appointed to the ABFA executive committee, including Michael Whitney, the general manager of renewable fuels at Musket Corp.; Len Federico, the manager of biofuels and food oils at Louis Dreyfus; Jeffrey Jacobs, the president and CEO of Ensyn; Paolo Carollo, the executive vice president of Beta Renewables/BioChemtex; and John Cummings, the vice president of Wilmar North America. Following three years of service, former Chairman Wayne Simmons, the CEO of Sundrop Fuels, will remain as the Ex-officio member of the Committee. 

“Today ABFA leadership heard from key personnel from Capitol Hill, the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Energy Information Administration,” McAdams said. “ABFA now has the solid context needed to head into the election year with focus and to represent all those companies seeking to make a difference in the advanced biofuels sector.”

Finally, don’t forget that all biodiesel and other advanced biofuel producers can get two free passes per production facility, and a significant discount on additional passes, to the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo in Milwaukee June 20-23. For more information, including a link to register two of your production facility personnel for free, click here