Biodiesel Bulletin

The Biodiesel Bulletin is published monthly by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

January 2, 2019  

Biodiesel Industry Presses for Tax Extension

Biodiesel Vehicles Wrapped Up for Christmas

Last Chance to Register for Conference

Cold Weather Can’t Stop Biodiesel

Fleets Recognize Benefits of Switching to Biodiesel

New Leadership Propels the Industry Forward


Biodiesel Industry Presses for Tax Extension

As the new year begins, the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax extension is the focus of the industry. Congress was unable to pass the bill at the end of 2018, so now the National Biodiesel Board and others are working harder than ever to enact this critical piece of legislation.

Through NBB’s Fueling Action Center, more than 2,250 people from the industry contacted their Representatives and Senators. More than 7,200 emails were sent during November and December, and legislators from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Missouri each received hundreds of emails.

NBB and more than 50 member companies and affiliated organizations delivered a letter to House and Senate leaders, urging them to enact a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. The letter stated that “a multiyear extension of the tax incentive would help the biodiesel industry achieve substantial growth over the next several years, creating significant new employment opportunities, an important market for agricultural products and renewable feedstocks, as well as opportunities for rural economic growth.”

“The biodiesel industry has long advocated for a multiyear extension of the tax incentive,” says Kurt Kovarik, Vice President of Federal Affairs with the National Biodiesel Board. “Congress can provide the certainty and predictability for producers and feedstock providers that will help us achieve our potential.”

Biodiesel supporters are encouraged to join NBB’s push to tell your members of congress that the tax incentive must be reinstated and extended. Send a quick letter on NBB’s fueling action center and do your part to push this industry into a stronger 2019.



Biodiesel Vehicles Wrapped Up for Christmas

In keeping with the spirit of the season, five biodiesel users have unveiled new vehicle “wraps” that are helping to share their stories of sustainability and emissions reductions with area residents from Maine to the Midwest.

“Our annual biodiesel vehicle wrap program provides matching funds to help biodiesel users promote their use of America’s Advanced Biofuel,” said Kaleb Little, NBB director of communications.  “This year we were pleased to select five winners whose unique wraps are helping to showcase their commitment to reduced emissions and cleaner air.”

Illinois’ B20 Club wrapped two box trailers for G&D Integrated, a trucking company based in Morton, Ill. An inaugural B20 Club member, G&D operates more than 400 vehicles on blends up to B20.

Rockwood Summit High School (RSHS) in Fenton, Mo. wrapped their 1992 Ford F250, fondly known as “Old Brownie”.  The pick-up is used for a biodiesel partnership program called Fuel Wash U. Old Brownie was originally owned by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and was one of the industry’s first biodiesel demonstration vehicles logging hundreds of thousands of miles on biodiesel since the early ‘90’s.

Maine Standard Biofuels based in Portland, Maine, wrapped the tank of their new oil truck. The company has collected used cooking oil from over 1,000 restaurants and food manufacturers across New England since 2006.

Coastal Energy, based in Ellsworth, Maine, wrapped four pedal fuel trucks and one transport truck showcasing the HERO BX brand and the company’s green fuel initiative. Coastal Energy sells biodiesel and Bioheat to citizens throughout Maine’s picturesque Downeast communities, including historic Bar Harbor and Mount Dessert Island.

Broco Oil, based in North Reading, Mass., wrapped two, 6-wheel oil tanker trucks and a 10-wheel fuel oil transport truck that are used for Bioheat delivery to consumers over a 50 mile radius throughout the greater Boston area and the Merrimac Valley area of Massachusetts.



Last Chance to Register for Conference

This year’s conference takes place in sunny San Diego, CA, the most popular conference location. Registration is still open for all attendees to skip the snow and enjoy the California sunshine. The deadline for the group rate on hotel reservations are Friday, January 4 for the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. You must act fast though, as many of the rooms have already been filled.The time to act is now!  The 2019 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is just a few weeks away, kicking off January 21, 2019. This is the biggest biodiesel event of the year, and you won’t want to miss it.

The 2019 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is sure to be one of the highlights of the year for the industry, and you will want to be there to witness it firsthand. We hope to see you there, but in case you can’t make it, be sure to follow all the exciting news through the Conference Blog and social media using the hashtag #NBB19.

Check out this invitation from NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen and join NBB this January. We hope to see you there.



Cold Weather Can’t Stop Biodiesel

As the new year begins, temperatures continue to drop across the country. Biodiesel users should know how to take precautions when using their fuel and ensure that biodiesel benefits last all winter long.

The City of Elmhurst, Illinois runs B20 blends in all of the city's diesel equipment year-round. Chanel Caron, fleet services manager, takes a few steps to ensure a problem-free winter, just as he would with regular diesel fuel. For example, Caron uses a diesel winter blend with a 50/50 split between #1 and #2 diesel. He also uses an additive to increase the cetane rating and lower the gel point of the fuel, which creates stability and helps with co-mingling of the biodiesel and diesel.  Finally, Caron conducts fuel sampling throughout year so there are no surprises.

All diesel fuel requires special handling in cold weather and with just a little bit of care and upkeep that should be taken for all fuels, biodiesel can perform without the slightest issue during the winter months. Here are some important tips for biodiesel use during the coldest winter months:

  • Use high-quality fuel that meets the ASTM spec purchased from a reputable supplier.
  • Be sure to discuss fuel options with your supplier to ensure that both the diesel fuel and biodiesel are blended only after meeting their respective specifications.
  • Develop a good fuel management plan, in partnership with your supplier, that includes additization (just like for regular diesel) to improve cold weather operability.
  • Test fuel periodically to verify its cold weather properties.
  • Make sure you understand your fuel’s cold flow characteristics and have appropriate fuel handling and storage plans in place.

Remain diligent on your tank maintenance program to help ensure fuel cleanliness.


Fleets Recognize Benefits of Switching to Biodiesel

Fleets across the country continue to recognize biodiesel’s benefits as they adopt America’s Advanced Biofuel. One such fleet, Mahoney Environmental, collects used cooking oil from restaurants and sells it to biodiesel producers to be made into the renewable fuel. But that’s not why the Illinois-based company runs its 160-truck fleet on biodiesel blends. Instead, it’s the performance, financial, and environmental benefits the company receives from the renewable fuel.

“At the end of the day, there’s not a lot of argument to be made against using biodiesel,” said Jeff Corbin, the company’s Director of Maintenance and Fleet Operations.

Corbin’s job is to make sure that its full fleet of Class 7 and Class 8 trucks are in good running condition on any given day. So even though his employer is connected to the biodiesel industry, if the fuel didn’t perform, he wouldn’t use it.

With biodiesel, the fleet’s miles per gallon have stayed steady, the added lubricity has reduced wear on engine components, and the cleaner-burning fuel has helped the trucks’ after-treatment systems. 

Biodiesel has also made good financial sense for Mahoney Environmental. It often pays less for biodiesel than petroleum diesel throughout the country. The company gets further savings in its home state of Illinois, where biodiesel blends of B11 and above are exempt from the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax.

Additionally, compared with petroleum diesel, the fuel reduces emissions of greenhouse gases, total hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter. For Mahoney Environmental and other fleets, switching to biodiesel just makes sense.



New Leadership Propels the Industry Forward

Top Row: Cynthia Warner, Keith Tapp
Bottom Row: Davie Stephens, Kate Shenk

The biodiesel industry is welcoming new leadership from several different organizations across the country. Feedstock organizations and biodiesel producers alike are making sure that the industry begins the new year with strong leadership focused on the future.

United Soybean Board farmer leaders elected Keith Tapp, fifth generation soybean farmer from Sebree, Kentucky as chair at their recent annual meeting.

“Our soy checkoff has proven itself by developing new products and markets for U.S. soy for decades,” said Tapp. “Our job is to continue this progress through wise and strategic investments, which is more important now than ever.”

Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. named Cynthia (CJ) Warner to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 14, 2019.

Jeff Stroburg, Chairman of the REG Board of Directors said, “[CJ’s] background and success, coupled with her passion for developing renewable fuels that transform the transportation fuels market to a cleaner and sustainable future, makes her an exceptional choice to lead REG.”

The American Soybean Association has also elected a new president, choosing Davie Stephens of Clinton, Kentucky to lead the association. Stephens has served as an ASA national Director since 2012.

Finally, the National Biodiesel Board has hired Kate Shenk as a new regulatory affairs director.

“Kate brings extensive knowledge of the regulatory policies that shape the biofuels industry’s growth,” says NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “Her addition to our Washington-based federal affairs staff will increase the biodiesel industry’s effectiveness in policy advocacy.”

Strong leadership is important in driving an industry forward, and these new elections and hires will help make a big impact as 2019 begins.



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