NBB works to help stakeholders navigate RFS2 program

By | November 17, 2010
The renewable fuel standard (RFS2) for the first time provides for a specific renewable component in U.S. diesel fuel. Throughout the rulemaking process, the National Biodiesel Board employed a variety of legal, lobbying, media, and grassroots assets to encourage the U.S. EPA to implement a workable program.

In 2011, 800 million gallons of biomass-based diesel, which is primarily biodiesel, must be used domestically in the U.S. This volume requirement will increase to 1 billion gallons in 2012, and from 2012 through 2022, the minimum volume requirement is 1 billion gallons.The statute gives the EPA administrator the ability to increase the biomass-based diesel obligation.

The U.S. biodiesel industry is ideally positioned to take advantage of this opportunity, and the NBB has been working to help stakeholders navigate the new program. "We are providing information to our members that will help them comply with the program in the most efficient way possible," said NBB Senior Advisor Larry Schafer. "The first time through this process is difficult, and we are trying to demystify the program."

NBB offered a series of workshops, including on-site training in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Des Moines and 10 webinar sessions. Key components of each workshop are available online for viewing. NBB members who were unable to attend the workshops or webinars can find the information on the members-only website on the members homepage, at the media center button. The videos cover a wide variety of information that is extremely important to participating in RFS2.

Another new service NBB offers for its members is the addition of an RFS2-registered plant list on the NBB website. This list is provided as a resource for obligated parties to find biodiesel for purchase in their area. As each member plant becomes registered with the EPA, their plant information is added to the site. This is just another way to make the implementation of RFS2 as seamless as possible.
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