Policy

July 31, 2019

EU tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel welcomed with caution

BY Ron KotrbaThe EU Commission recently decided to introduce temporary countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Indonesia. Germany’s UFOP warns that a slowdown of imports must not lead to European biodiesel producers using palm oil as feedstock instead. READ MORE

July 30, 2019

Comment period officially opens on 2020-’21 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set Renewable Fuel Standard 2020 RVOs and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel in the Federal Register July 29, officially opening a public comment period. Comments can be filed through Aug. 30. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

UFOP: France bans palm oil from biofuels, Germany should follow

BY UFOP France is tightening up regulations on the use of palm oil as a feedstock in biofuels production. However, this only applies to palm oil eligibility within France. As a result, biofuels produced in France could push their way onto the EU market. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

IHS Markit to deliver Canada’s carbon credit, tracking solution

BY IHS Markit IHS Markit announced July 23 it will deliver Canada’s federal carbon credit and tracking solution. The solution will reinforce Canada’s federal measures to mitigate emissions under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. READ MORE

July 14, 2019

Inside NBB: Ad Campaign Turns up the Volume on Biodiesel Impact

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s annual advertising campaign hit the airwaves in May with biodiesel education aimed to influence key decisionmakers on the many benefits of biodiesel. READ MORE

July 13, 2019

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Leaders Gather in DC to Amplify Industry Voice

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel advocates met this summer in Washington, D.C., as the National Biodiesel Board hosted its annual summer membership meeting June 10-12. This year’s meeting focused on integral association business and critical federal policy initiatives. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

Opinion: Making Connections in Biodiesel

BY Donnell Rehagen Trade shows and conferences are in full swing, with industry professionals pouring in to talk about what the future has in store. With all the talk being about carbon reduction and cleaner emissions, the future means biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

US EPA proposes stalling 2021 biodiesel RVO at 2020 level

BY Erin Voegele and Ron Kotrba EPA proposes to set the 2020 RVO at 20.04 billion gallons, including 2.43 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel set last year. The agency proposes to keep the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel at 2020 levels, effectively stalling industry growth. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Senators aim to limit USDA influence over SRE decisions

BY Erin VoegeleSeveral U.S. senators representing oil producing and refining states are trying to limit Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s influence over the U.S. EPA’s process of evaluating small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

SRE impacts on biodiesel demand can’t be made up through E15 rule

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB sent a letter to EPA taking issue with Administrator Wheeler’s recent comment that the approval of year-round E15 sales will make up for the economic damage to the biodiesel industry caused by EPA’s voluminous small refinery exemptions to RFS. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

US EPA opens Section 610 review of Renewable Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA published a notice June 24 announcing it has opened a review of the Renewable Fuel Standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires agencies to review rules that have significant impacts on small entities. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

US EPA updates SRE data, 38 applications now pending for 2018

BY Erin VoegeleAnother small refinery exemption application for the RFS’s 2018 compliance year has been declared ineligible or withdrawn, according to updated data posted to the U.S. EPA website June 24. Of the 40 filed, 38 are pending and two have been withdrawn. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

Concerns rise as low palm oil prices may increase use for biofuel

BY UFOP UFOP fears that use of palm oil will increase because prices have tumbled to a very low level since January 2017, temporarily even falling below diesel fuel prices. The main reason is the continuing rise in global supplies of vegetable oils. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

NBB welcomes proposed 3-year extension of biodiesel tax incentive

BY The National Biodiesel Board On June 18 the NBB thanked Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California, the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee chairman, for introducing legislation to extend expired tax incentives, including the biodiesel tax incentive. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Bill aims to increase transparency, predictability of SRE process

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, and Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on June 13. The bill aims to bring transparency and predictability to the U.S. EPA’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

NBB members gather to discuss policy with Capitol Hill offices

BY The National Biodiesel Board More than 70 National Biodiesel Board members are fanning out across the nation’s capital June 11 to meet with 130 congressional offices and discuss the status of the biodiesel tax incentive and the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

EPA finalizes E15 rule, steps back approach to RIN market reform

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released its final E15/RIN market reform rule May 31. The rule extends the 1-pound-per-square-inch RVP waiver to E15. It also includes some reforms to the RIN compliance system, although those changes are less severe than proposed. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Bipartisan House bill introduced to stop EPA from undermining RFS

BY The Office of Rep. Collin Peterson U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and Dusty Johnson and co-chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus introduced a bill May 23 that establishes a June 1 deadline for refineries to submit SRE petitions from their RFS obligations and increases transparency. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Alt fuels displace 3.3 billion gallons of petro diesel under LCFS

BY The California Air Resources Board New data from CARB indicates that the LCFS continues to drive production of a growing volume of cleaner transportation fuels for California consumers. To date almost 3.3 billion gallons of petro diesel have been displaced by low-carbon alternatives. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Ag groups ask Congress to immediately extend biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board Thirteen trade groups representing farmers, rural lenders, crop and biobased oil producers, and biodiesel producers wrote leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate May 22, asking them to take action by extending the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

US EPA delivers RFS ‘reset’ rule to White House OMB for review

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA delivered its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard “reset” rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget May 20. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

Court rejects ABFA request for injunction on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleA U.S. appeals court denied a motion filed by the Advanced Biofuels Association last month seeking an injunction to prevent EPA from granting additional small refinery exemptions under RFS until its pending lawsuit with the agency is resolved. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Task forces to find long-term solutions to temporary tax policy

BY The Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden announced the formation of several bipartisan task forces to examine temporary tax provisions that expired, or will expire, between Dec. 31, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2019. READ MORE

May 13, 2019

National Biodiesel Foundation tours NYC’s sustainable side

BY Paul Winters The National Biodiesel Foundation hosted a small group of congressional staffers April 26 on a tour of New York City. The annual tour educates congressional staff about the city’s use of biodiesel as a key part of meeting its environmental goals. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

EPA delivers proposed 2020-’21 RVOs, ‘other RFS changes’ to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has delivered a proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule also includes the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel and other changes to the program. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

US DOE announces $79 million for bioenergy research, development

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE announced May 3 more than $79 million in funding for bioenergy research and development including biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. This supports DOE’s goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

Iowa biodiesel industry calls ‘mayday’ at Capitol Hill rally

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa Congressional leaders and members of the Iowa Biodiesel Board took part in a Capitol Hill rally May 1 in support of getting the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit renewed. The National Biodiesel Board hosted the event on the Senate Swamp. READ MORE

April 30, 2019

NBB opposes RIN reform proposals, supports opening market to E15

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board filed formal comments April 29 on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to modify fuel regulations to allow E15 and to modify the RIN market regulations. While NBB supports E15, it said RIN market reforms are unnecessary. READ MORE

April 30, 2019

ABFA files for injunction against EPA to prevent additional SREs

BY The Advanced Biofuels Association The Advanced Biofuels Association filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent U.S. EPA from granting any additional SREs releasing obligated parties from compliance with RFS until the resolution of its pending lawsuit against the agency. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

Iowa legislature funds another year of blender pump program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, commonly referred to as the state’s blender pump program, provides cost-share grants to Iowa retailers wishing to upgrade fueling infrastructure to offer E15, E85 and/or biodiesel blends. READ MORE