Policy

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

April 25, 2019

Jury finds Keystone Biofuels owners guilty of fraud, false claims

BY U.S. Department of Justice Following a 14-day jury trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Keystone Biofuels owners Wootton and Miner were found guilty of making false statements to the EPA, conspiracy to defraud the IRS, and aiding the filing of a false claim with the IRS. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

Biodiesel advocates plan tax credit rally May 1 on Capitol Hill

BY Ron KotrbaThe National Biodiesel Board will host a press conference May 1 at 9:30 am Eastern with legislators and biodiesel industry stakeholders to discuss the status of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit, which lapsed Dec. 31, 2017. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

US EPA: 40 SRE applications now pending for compliance year 2018

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions April 18, reporting that there are now 40 pending SRE applications for compliance year 2018, up from 39 pending as of March 28. No other changes were made to the data. READ MORE

April 16, 2019

Biodiesel more cost competitive under Canada’s new carbon tax

BY Ron KotrbaCanada’s federal government implemented a carbon pollution tax on fuels this month, and while the tax means consumers and truckers will pay more for fossil fuels at the pump, it also means higher biodiesel blends are becoming more cost competitive. READ MORE

April 12, 2019

US EPA seeks comments on SRE portion of proposed REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced April 12 that it will reopen the comment period on one aspect of proposed rule issued in 2016 in an effort to “expand transparency surrounding the small refinery exemption program and provide further opportunity for input.” READ MORE

April 09, 2019

New study exposes absurdity of NWF land use change claims

BY The Renewable Fuels Association A new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies paid for by the National Wildlife Federation. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Inside NBB: NBB Grows Washington, DC, Staff Team

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board is rounding out its staff in Washington, D.C., this year through the hiring of Kate Shenk as director of regulatory affairs and David Cobb as director of federal affairs. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Bipartisan extension of biodiesel tax credit intro’d in US House

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, introduced the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act, a two-year extension of the biodiesel incentive, April 4. Congress had previously extended the tax credit retroactively for 2017 but left it expired for 2018 and beyond. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

In Depth: Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board

BY Ron KotrbaSpotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Wheeler addresses SREs, RVO reallocation during recent hearings

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told federal lawmakers in early April it would be difficult for the agency to reallocate biofuel volumes waived by small refinery exemptions (SREs), even if Congress provided a legislative mechanism to do so. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

Inside NBB: Federal Affairs Efforts Remain Key Focus in 2019

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board continues to work closely with its members and allies to advocate federal policies that support growth of the industry. Securing an extension of the expired biodiesel tax credit is an urgent priority. READ MORE

April 01, 2019

Opinion: Thank You, Biodiesel Industry

BY Donnell Rehagen Thank you to all of everyone who helped make our industry a success last year. We may have a lot on our plate this year, but we are prepared to lead the challenge and work alongside all of you to advocate for American biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

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