Policy

August 17, 2018

NBB shows US EPA higher 2020 biodiesel volumes are achievable

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2020, urging the EPA to increase volumes in both categories in the final RFS rule and to fully account for exemptions. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

NBB asks Farm Bill conferees to support biodiesel programs

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to leaders of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, reiterating the industry's strong support for passage of a new five-year Farm Bill that includes funding for programs that support biodiesel. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

In Depth: On the Road Again—Legally

BY Ron KotrbaJust over a year ago the future of B20 in California was uncertain, thanks to in-use requirements of the Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation, but as we’ve seen so many times, the biodiesel industry shone in the face of adversity. READ MORE

August 08, 2018

At 13 years old, the RFS is still vital policy

BY Ron KotrbaAug. 8 marks the 13th anniversary of what some say is the most successful U.S. energy policy, the Renewable Fuel Standard. Under RFS2, biodiesel started with a meager 500-million-gallon requirement in 2009 and has grown to 2.1 billion gallons today. READ MORE

August 02, 2018

Wheeler: EPA to create public 'dashboard' on RFS waivers

BY Erin Voegele Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard, small refinery hardship waivers, Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15, and issues related to agency transparency during a Senate hearing Aug. 1. READ MORE

July 30, 2018

Nat'l Biodiesel Board files opening brief challenging 2018 RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed an opening brief July 27 in its lawsuit objecting to U.S. EPA's methodology for establishing the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). NBB specifically disputes three issues with EPA's final RFS rule for 2018. READ MORE

July 26, 2018

Canada delays development of Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin Voegele The Canadian government has announced plans to delay implementation of its Clean Fuel Standard. Original plans called for development of the program regulations to be complete next year. That work is now expected to take until 2021. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

EPA finalizes RFS fuel pathways for distillers sorghum oil

BY Erin Voegele On July 24, the U.S. EPA published a notice qualifying distillers sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposal first came out in December. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

USDA assists farmers impacted by China's retaliatory tariffs

BY USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced July 24 that the USDA will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. Specifically, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Biodiesel advocates say RFS growth is futile if waivers continue

BY Ron KotrbaRFS proponents and detractors gathered in Michigan July 18 to testify before EPA during a public hearing on the agency's proposed 2019 RVOs for conventional, cellulosic and overall advanced biofuels, and the 2020 biomass-based diesel RVO proposal. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

Biodiesel helps push California GHG emissions below 1990 levels

BY Erin Voegele The California Air Resources Board has announced that in 2016 the state's greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004. Biodiesel, renewable diesel and ethanol helped achieve the reduction. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley

BY Erin Voegele The July 12 letter was a response to a bipartisan inquiry several senators sent EPA in April requesting the agency to stop issuing small refinery waivers and disclose to Congress information on the waivers that have already been granted. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Add'l tariffs rile soy growers as US-China trade war escalates

BY The American Soybean Association The American Soybean Association expressed extreme disappointment July 11 in Robert Lighthizer's announcement that an additional $200 billion in tariffs will be imposed on Chinese goods.The action worsens the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of US EPA

BY Erin Voegele On July 5, President Donald Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

US EPA schedules hearing on proposed RFS rule for July 18

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes US EPA's triennial report

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 29, the U.S. EPA released its second report to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the RFS program, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act. Biofuel representatives criticized the report. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

US Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill, mandatory energy title funding

BY Erin Voegele On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

Proposed RFS growth sends hopeful signal to biodiesel industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board The EPA proposed RVOs for the biomass-based diesel category would increase from 2.1 billion gallons in 2019 to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020. The advanced biofuel category would also increase from 4.29 billion in 2018 to 4.88 billion gallons in 2019. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

Producers, marketers unify in support of biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board A diverse group of associations sent a letter to Congressional leaders announcing a unified position to maintain and extend the current biodiesel blenders tax credit to encourage investment and job creation while providing environmental benefits. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

Largest US biodiesel producer testifies before House subcommittee

BY The National Biodiesel Board REG CEO Randy Howard, on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board, delivered testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment at a hearing on the current status and future prospects of advanced biofuels under the RFS. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

House Democrats demand answers from EPA on RFS, biofuel waivers

BY Erin Voegele On June 20, 12 Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Agriculture asked the U.S. EPA to provide additional information regarding its failed implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 15, 2018

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables

BY Erin Voegele On June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables. Various bioindustries respond to the outcome. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

French farmers unite in solidarity ahead of June 10 protests

BY Ron KotrbaThe French Federation of Oilseeds and Protein Producers is giving France's largest farmers' union, FNSEA, its complete support in planned blockades at strategic sites June 10 to protest policies and actions that jeopardize French crops and farmers. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

NJ producer pleads guilty to releasing wastewater into sound

BY U.S. Department of Justice An Elizabeth, New Jersey, biodiesel producer—Fuel Bio One LLC—pleaded guilty to discharging more than 45,000 gallons of wastewater from its commercial plant into the Arthur Kill, a narrow waterway that separates New Jersey from Staten Island. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

Trump rejects deal allowing exported biofuel RINs for compliance

BY Erin Voegele Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst announced June 5 President Trump has rejected a deal on the RFS that would have implemented year-round E15 availability, but also allowed RINs attached to exported biofuel volumes to be used for RFS compliance. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

Community Fuels offers ADF-compliant, NOx-neutral biodiesel

BY Community Fuels Community Fuels is the first biodiesel marketer within California to offer NOx-neutral biodiesel using the new Best Corp. BC-EC1c additive. Community Fuels intends to provide NOx-neutral biodiesel for all B99 loaded at its Port of Stockton terminal. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Biodiesel producers implore President Trump to keep his promises

BY The National Biodiesel Board In a letter to President Trump, biodiesel producers, advocates and agriculture leaders implore that biodiesel not be ignored in the Trump administration's efforts to navigate differences between petroleum refiners and the ethanol industry. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Midwest Trump voters losing faith in his commitment to biofuels

BY The National Biodiesel Board New polling shows that voters across three Midwestern states—Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri—are disappointed with Trump administration decisions they view as broken promises of support for local agriculture and renewable fuels industries. READ MORE

May 21, 2018

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Fly-in, Member Meeting Gathers Industry in DC

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board will be hosting its annual summer membership meeting and fly-in June 25-27 in Washington, D.C., to focus on association business and critical federal policy initiatives. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

Opinion: Our Own Infinity Wars: Trade, Tariffs, Tax and Waivers

BY Grant Kimberley In the face of relentless attacks on biodiesel, we are not alone. Like the Avengers, the biodiesel industry has assembled a powerful group of mighty heroes to defend against its adversaries. READ MORE