Policy

January 16, 2020

Shaw says IRFA ready, willing to work with EPA in 2020

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association At the 2020 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Jan. 16, IRFA executive director Monte Shaw addressed attendees on the state of the Iowa biofuels industry, characterizing it as frustrated but focused on moving forward, working cooperatively with EPA in 2020. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

President Trump signs Phase 1 trade agreement with China

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Trump signed the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China Jan. 15, a move expected to deescalate trade tensions between the two countries while reopening key markets for U.S. farmers. Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans remain in place. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

Washington Gov. Inslee urges state to adopt Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleWashington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Port of Seattle Jan. 10 to call on the state legislature to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard during its 2020 legislative session. He was joined by Alaska Airlines, which has announced its support for the program. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

GAO to investigate EPA’s misuse of small refinery exemptions

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Abby Finkenauer announced the Government Accountability Office will begin an investigation into the U.S. EPA’s granting of SRE waivers to the RFS. This investigation is a result of Finkenauer leading a bipartisan request to the GAO. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

Inside NBB: The Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board In November, the NBB released a new report, “The Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit,” written by ABF Economics. It explains how tax and RIN credit values are crucial in helping biodiesel producers compete with petroleum and expand production. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

Inside NBB: NYC is Heating Up with America’s Advanced Biofuel

BY The National Biodiesel Board NYC requires all city fleet vehicles and equipment to use B20 biodiesel from April through November, and B5 from December through March. However, biodiesel has performed so successfully that the city has started some B20 use year-round. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

USDA issues final rule for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule Dec. 27 for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. A proposed rule was first issued in April 2010. An interim rule published in February 2011 was in effect for the past nine years. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Inside NBB: National Voter Survey Shows Strong Support for Biodiesel Industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board Each year the NBB conducts online surveys of U.S. voters to track trends and gauge awareness of biodiesel. This year the poll gathered responses from 1,064 registered voters and showed consistent results with prior polling from 2017 and 2018. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Opinion: A Vision for Biodiesel

BY Donnell Rehagen The theme this year for the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is Vision 2020, and it is fitting for many reasons. First, it’s critical that any industry have a clear and complete vision of what it wants to accomplish. READ MORE

December 24, 2019

USDA seeks applications for advanced biofuel payment program

BY Erin Voegele The USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service published a notice on Dec. 18 seeking applications from biofuel producers under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which provides quarterly payments to producers of qualified advanced biofuels. READ MORE

December 20, 2019

Historic 5-year extension of biodiesel tax credit signed into law

BY Ron KotrbaThe biodiesel industry achieved a monumental milestone Dec. 20 when President Donald Trump signed into law a new budget deal that includes an historic five-year extension of the $1 per gallon blenders tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

Trump’s EPA yet again hurts farmers, biofuels in final RFS rule

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. EPA released its final rule for the 2020 RFS and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2021. The agency is keeping biodiesel volumes flat while providing little surety that future small refinery exemptions will be properly accounted for. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

Biodiesel, soybean leaders ask Trump to improve 2020 RFS rule

BY The National Biodiesel Board Twenty-four state and national trade associations representing soybean growers and biodiesel producers delivered a letter to President Donald Trump Dec. 18, asking that he direct the U.S. EPA to do more in the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard final rule. READ MORE

December 17, 2019

Biodiesel tax credit revival looks promising as deadline nears

BY Ron KotrbaAs the Dec. 20 budget dealine nears to avoid a U.S. government shutdown, a revised amendment in the early morning hours of Dec. 17 would, if passed, extend the biodiesel tax credit retroactively from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2022. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Iowa governor directs agencies to buy diesels with B20 support

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board The state of Iowa once again leads by example, with Gov. Kim Reynolds issuing an executive order Dec. 3 requiring state agencies to purchase diesel engines and vehicles with manufacturer support for at least a 20 percent blend of biodiesel (B20). READ MORE

November 27, 2019

NBB asks EPA to properly account for small refinery exemptions

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB submitted comments on the U.S. EPA’s supplemental proposal for the 2020 RFS. NBB urges EPA to properly account for small refinery exemptions, address the remand of the 2016 standards and increase the 2021 biomass-based diesel volume. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Rep. Escobar to visit Rio Valley Biofuels plant in El Paso, Texas

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, co-sponsor of the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act (H.R. 2089), is scheduled to visit Rio Valley Biofuels, a biodiesel production facility in El Paso, Texas, on Nov. 26. Escobar serves Texas’ 16th District. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

NBB members meet with 88 Capitol Hill offices on tax incentive

BY The National Biodiesel Board Nearly 100 National Biodiesel Board members gathered in the nation’s capital Nov. 19 to meet with 88 congressional offices and discuss the status of the biodiesel tax incentive. The meetings are part of NBB’s fall member meeting in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

GREEN Act includes extension, phaseout of biodiesel tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaRep. Mike Thompson, chairman of a House Ways and Means subcommittee, released a discussion draft of the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now Act, which includes a multiyear extension and eventual phaseout of the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

140-plus biodiesel stakeholders ask Congress to act on tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board, its member companies, allied trade associations and industry partners sent a letter Nov. 14 to House and Senate leaders, urging them to extend the expired biodiesel tax incentive before the end of the year. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Indiana biodiesel producer falls victim to US policy uncertainty

BY Ron KotrbaIntegrity Biofuels, a 6.4 MMgy multifeedstock biodiesel production facility in Morristown, Indiana, is the latest victim of congressional inaction on the lapsed biodiesel tax credit and an administration whose EPA is undermining the rule of law. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

66 industry associations ask Congress to act on tax extenders

BY Ron KotrbaA diverse group of 66 different trade associations representing industries as wide-ranging as realty, veterinary medicine, biofuels and railroads sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Nov. 11 asking them to act on a tax extenders package. READ MORE

November 12, 2019

New report demonstrates importance of biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board released a new report Nov. 12, titled, “The Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit,” showing how the emerging biodiesel industry relies on the combined values of the tax credit and RIN credits to compete with diesel fuel. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Midwest senators submit comments on EPA’s RFS waiver proposal

BY The Office of Sen. Deb Fischer Seven U.S. senators submitted comments to the Federal Register regarding the EPA’s supplemental rule on RFS. In individual letters to Wheeler they expressed concerns about how the agency plans to calculate reallocation of gallons lost to SREs. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

40 House Democrats urge Pelosi, Neal to pass biodiesel tax credit

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer U.S. Reps. Abby Finkenauer and Kendra Horn led a Democratic caucus letter to House leadership urging action on extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The lawmakers are asking for extensions of the biodiesel and other biofuel-related tax credits. READ MORE

November 04, 2019

Coalition of 60 biofuel, ag groups asks Trump to uphold SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleA coalition of 60 agriculture and biofuel groups sent a letter to President Trump Nov. 4 urging him to fix the U.S. EPA’s flawed supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that describes the agency’s plan for reallocating future SREs under the RFS. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Biodiesel industry states its case at US EPA hearing in Ypsilanti

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel producers and association staff testified Oct. 30 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at the U.S. EPA’s public hearing on the supplemental proposal for meeting volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard issued by the agency Oct. 15. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

Oil refinery exemptions cause crisis for biodiesel industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board World Energy founder Gene Gebolys testified on behalf of the NBB at a hearing Oct. 29 on “Protecting the RFS: The Trump Administration’s Abuse of Secret Waivers” before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on environment and climate change. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

EPA posts call-in information for Oct. 30 hearing on SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has posted call-in information for its Oct. 30 hearing on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking released Oct. 15 that seeks comments on how the agency should project the volume of SREs in future RFS rulemakings. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

Surely the Art of the Deal Includes Living Up to Commitments?

BY Donnell Rehagen National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen laments over U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler not honoring the promise President Trump made and the deal he struck between, on the one hand, big oil, and on the other, farmers and biofuel producers. READ MORE