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Confusion over RFS2 implementation
Posted February 10, 2010

 

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RFS2: soy biodiesel meets GHG reductions

The final rule for the revised renewable fuel standard (RFS2) was issued by U.S. EPA on Feb. 3, and soy biodiesel comes in at a 57 percent reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) compared to petroleum diesel, making it eligible to meet the biomass-based diesel carve-out. During a press conference on Feb. 3, EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson said, "The ruling makes it clear that up to a billion gallons of soy biodiesel by 2022 is a good investment." To qualify as a biomass-based diesel or an advanced biofuel under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007-which RFS2 was part of-soy biodiesel was required to meet a 50 percent reduction in GHG emissions compared to petroleum.READ MORE

Enterprise Rent-A-Car commits to biodiesel

Enterprise Holdings, owner of the Alamo Rent-A-Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brand names, made a big announcement in support of biodiesel during day two at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas. The company announced its commitment to move its entire fleet of more than 600 shuttle buses to B20 within the next 5 years, beginning with incorporating at least B5 in all its buses this year.READ MORE Biodiesel Magazine

GM: 2011 models B20 compatible

At the first general session of the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas, Coleman Jones, director of biofuels implementation for General Motors Corp. announced that its new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick-ups, as well as Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna full-size vans, will be B20 compatible. "This is the result of a lot of work," Jones told Biodiesel Magazine. "But we've got our suppliers on board, and these models will be on sale later this year." The seals, gaskets and other components that need to accommodate certain unique characteristics of biodiesel, GM usually outsources. "We've wanted to approve higher blends of biodiesel before, but we don't build the whole vehicle," Jones said. "Our vendors said, 'You want biodiesel, it's going to cost you 20 more bucks.' Well, when it was time to do a major upgrade, we decided to do this and told our vendors, 'If you want this business, you're going to provide us with biodiesel-compatible parts [at a competitive price].'"READ MORE

Oil companies talk biodiesel

A panel of oil and pipeline company representatives discussing biodiesel took center stage during the general session on day two of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas. The topic of discussion was how oil and distribution companies will carry out RFS2's biomass-based diesel mandate, and what physical challenges exist in doing so. A question that arose was whether investments should be made for terminal blending of biodiesel now, or if waiting for pipeline readiness was a safer bet. Jim Lelio with Kinder Morgan Pipeline Group said his company, which has been on the forefront of efforts to move biodiesel through the pipeline infrastructure, can already handle 100,000 barrels (4.2 million gallons) of B5 per day-a volume greater than three of the state mandates in place today. Kinder Morgan's total daily fuel throughput is 1.1 million barrels (46.2 million gallons).READ MORE

Future changes to biodiesel quality spec

At an educational session on the first day of the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas, the National Biodiesel Board's technical director, Steve Howell, spoke about potential future adjustments to the ASTM quality specification for biodiesel, D6751. Since D6751 is supposed to be process and feedstock neutral, Howell said emerging biodiesel conversion techniques may force an adjustment to the specification. The example he gave was LS9 Inc.'s process that uses microorganisms to convert sugars-not fats and oils-to methyl esters. D6751 specifies fats or oils as feedstocks to produce alkyl esters. "We may have to change the scope of the definition of biodiesel," Howell said.READ MORE

RFS2: producers must track waste feedstock

During the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas, officials from U.S. EPA discussed several of the confounding issues resident in the final RFS2 rule-including feedstock tracking. The final RFS2 rule does not require soy biodiesel producers to track the origin of their feedstock and provide regular reports to the agency, as was expected under the proposed rule, but producers using animal fats or used cooking oils will be required to do so beginning July 1 if they want to generate renewable identification number (RIN) credits.READ MORE
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