National Biodiesel Board plans for billion gallon market

By | July 13, 2010
The federal renewable fuel standard (RFS2) is about to move the "M" to a "B"-annual biodiesel production has measured in the millions for the past 10 years, but starting in 2012, those numbers are expected to swap "million" for "billion."

RFS2 requires obligated parties to use 1.15 billion gallons of biodiesel domestically by the end of 2010 to account for 2009 and 2010 use. In 2012, requirements hit the 1 billion gallon mark. While RFS2 was carefully designed to create a predictable and easily attainable safety net for biofuel use, there are market considerations and long-term targets to consider that will help ensure a smooth transition to higher volumes.

The National Biodiesel Board appointed an RFS2 Volume Working Group to guide the industry through the RFS2 implementation process and accompanying potentially higher volume demands. The task force will draw on economic indicators, feedstock availability forecasts, and historic trends and data. Task force members include:

Gene Gebolys, World Energy Alternatives LLC , Charlestown,

Kris Kappenman, Archer Daniels Midland Co., Decatur, Ill.

Greg Anderson, Nebraska Soybean Board, Lincoln, Neb.

Martin Beirne III, Green Earth Fuels LLC, Houston

Beth Calabotta, Monsanto, St. Louis

Leif Forer, Piedmont Biofuels Industrial LLC, Pittsboro, N.C.

Ryan Pederson, U.S. Canola Association, Washington

Mike Noble, Lake Erie Biofuels, doing business as HERO BX, Erie, Pa.

Jim Conway, Griffin Industries, Cold Spring, Ky.

Bobby Heiser, Nittany BioDiesel LLC, Boalsburg, Pa.

The Task Force will also develop recommendations for the U.S. EPA as it considers volumes for 2013 and beyond.
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