Policy

March 29, 2019

Nat’l Biodiesel Board asks EPA to reform SREs at public hearing

BY The National Biodiesel Board Representatives from NBB and its member companies testified at U.S. EPA’s public hearing March 29 on the proposed modifications to fuel regulations to provide flexibility for E15, and to elements of the RIN compliance system. READ MORE

March 29, 2019

US EPA approves another 2017 small refinery exemption to RFS

BY Erin VoegeleData released March 28 by U.S. EPA indicate the agency has approved another small refinery exemption under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2017, bringing the total number of approved waivers for the compliance year to 35. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

73 biodiesel cos., stakeholders ask Congress to extend tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board, its member companies and stakeholder organizations delivered a letter to House leaders, urging them to make a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive an urgent priority. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

US soy leaders push for trade, biodiesel on Capitol Hill

BY Ron KotrbaAlthough lawmakers were not in session, soy growers met with legislative staff on Capitol Hill to push for completion of the USMCA trade agreement, implementation of the Farm Bill and reinstatement of the lapsed biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

US EPA schedules hearing March 29 on proposed E15/RIN reform rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing on its proposed E15/RIN reform rule on March 29 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. Those who wish to testify must contact the agency by March 26. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

Minn. celebrates 17 years since biodiesel mandate was enacted

BY Ron KotrbaMarch 15, 2002, was a landmark day for biodiesel. Seventeen years ago, Minnesota enacted the nation’s first biodiesel mandate, which went into effect in 2005. Today, 20 percent biodiesel is required in all No. 2 diesel sold April through September. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

EPA grants more RFS waivers, undercuts add’l demand for biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. EPA retroactively granted five new small refinery exemptions for 2017, releasing them from their obligations under the RFS. The five new small refinery exemptions reduced the 2017 RVO for biomass-based diesel by an additional 48 million gallons. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Soy, biodiesel drive ISA leader-legislator visits in Springfield

BY The Illinois Soybean Association Soybean farmers and other representatives of the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program shared lattes and talked with legislators and staff about environmental and economic impacts of biodiesel at the Illinois State Capitol March 13. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Washington State House passes Clean Fuel Standard

BY The National Biodiesel Board On March 12, Washington—the Evergreen State—showed its true colors when the House of Representatives passed a bill designed to reduce transportation GHG emissions 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below those same levels by 2035. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

US EPA releases E15, RIN market reform proposed rule

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA released its proposed rule March 12 for year-round E15 sales and reforms to the RIN market. Much of EPA’s proposed RIN market reforms apply only to D6 ethanol RINs, although EPA is accepting comments on this narrow applicability. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

NBB submits biodiesel tax credit testimony to House subcommittee

BY The National Biodiesel Board Kurt Kovarik, vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board, submitted written testimony March 12 to the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee for a hearing on temporary policy in the IRS code. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

Biodiesel supporters demonstrate policy success at Iowa Capitol

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board More than 75 biodiesel supporters took to the Iowa State Capitol March 7 to remind lawmakers just how well their comprehensive state policies on biodiesel have worked. More than half of Iowa’s diesel supply today contains biodiesel. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Calif. biodiesel group urges House leaders to act on tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaCalifornia biodiesel producers, blenders and industry stakeholders sent House leaders a letter March 6 urging them to renew the biodiesel tax credit. The House ways and means committee will hold a hearing March 12 related to temporary tax provisions. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

BY USDA The federal Biomass Research and Development Board unveiled a multiagency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

New life breathed into biodiesel tax credit on Capitol Hill

BY Ron KotrbaSens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden introduced the Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act of 2019 on Feb. 28. The questions for biodiesel producers and blenders now become whether this will make it to a floor vote, and how soon. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

EU biodiesel imports double 2016-’17, nearly triple 2017-’18

BY UFOP After the antidumping tariffs on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia were suspended, European imports showed a steep rise. In previous years, biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia only played a secondary role, but this has changed. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

Senators push for transparency in Argentina subsidy review

BY The National Biodiesel Board In a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 14 senators, the legislators ask the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop a complete record of Argentina’s biodiesel trade actions before determining whether revisiting the U.S. duties is warranted. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

NBB applauds bipartisan support for biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board thanked 44 members of the House of Representatives, led by Reps. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa and Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, who asked Congressional leaders to adopt a multiyear extension of the biodiesel tax incentive ASAP. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Finland sets 30 percent biofuel obligation for 2030

BY UPM Kymmene Corp. The Finnish Parliament approved a law Feb. 6 that sets a gradually increasing 30 percent biofuels target for 2030. Furthermore, the law sets a world-leading advanced biofuels target of 10 percent in 2030. Biofuel producer UPM welcomed the decision. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Biodiesel, renewable diesel set to replace petro diesel in Calif.

BY The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stated goal of eliminating petroleum diesel emissions in California by 2030 is achievable through the growth in the market for clean, sustainable diesels, according to a new report from the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

10 trade groups ask Congress to extend biodiesel tax credit

BY Erin Voegele A group of 10 trade associations, including the National Biodiesel Board and the Advanced Biofuels Association, is urging Congress to pass a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Paving biodiesel’s way for greater use in advanced diesel systems

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel’s use in heavy-duty diesel applications continues to grow in California thanks to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, but how will California’s plan to further cut NOx emissions by another 90 percent affect the use of biodiesel? READ MORE

February 04, 2019

UFOP: EU oilseed producers lose in Argentina imports settlement

BY UFOP Germany's UFOP says European oilseed producers are the losers in the Jan. 30 decision of the Trade Defense Instruments Committee meeting. UFOP criticizes approval of the Argentine government's proposal for a so-called price undertaking agreement. READ MORE

February 01, 2019

EBB welcomes antisubsidy duties, price undertaking agreement

BY The European Biodiesel Board During an EU Trade Defense Committee meeting member states’ representatives discussed and approved antisubsidy duties against Argentinean imports of biodiesel. A price undertaking agreement between the EU and Argentine producers was also approved. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

Shaw says Iowa renewable fuels are ‘hurting but hopeful’

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Between the fight for year-round E15, small-refinery exemptions and more, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw said at the 2019 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit that 2018 was his toughest year yet working for the industry. READ MORE

January 18, 2019

New York sets new goals for 100% clean power, 70% renewables

BY Erin Voegele On Jan. 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that calls for the state to achieve 100 percent clean power by 2040. It also aims to set new renewable energy mandates. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

Wheeler: E15, RFS rulemakings could be delayed by shutdown

BY Erin Voegele On Jan. 16, a U.S. Senate committee held a hearing on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to serve as EPA administrator after serving as acting administrator since Scott Pruitt stepped down. He discussed the government shutdown and possible delays. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

Iowa governor’s budget includes $3M for renewables infrastructure

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Gov. Kim Reynolds released her 2019 Iowa budget proposal Jan. 15. Included in her budget was $3 million for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, which provides cost-share grants to help Iowa retailers offer higher blends of biofuels. READ MORE

January 11, 2019

Biodiesel can help Wash. cut fuel carbon intensity 16.5% by 2030

BY Ron KotrbaA new study commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists and conducted by independent research firm Cerulogy shows biodiesel and other biofuels can help Washington cut the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by up to 16.5 percent by 2030. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

California Fueling files suit over biodiesel NOx additive

BY California Fueling LLC California Fueling filed suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Best Energy Solutions and Technology Corp., dba “Best Corp.,” asserting claims for, among other things, unfair business practices under California’s Business & Professions Code. READ MORE