High Stakes In The Biodiesel Business

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At the opening session of the Conference we had a Texas Hold ‘Em session. The session was moderated by Jess Hewitt, Gulf Hydrocarbon. Other participants included Martin Beirne, Green Earth Fuels of Houston, Mark Farrer, Direct Fuels, Michael Nasi, Jackson Walker L.L.P. and Jonathon Phillips, RBF. They had a very informal discussion about the “high stakes in the biodiesel business.” … Read More

GM B20 Vehicle Compliance Announced on Stage

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We heard again this morning about GM’s announcement to have all their heavy duty trucks and cargo vans B20 compliant in 2011. On hand to make the announcement was Coleman Jones, Biofuel Implementation Manager, GM. He says the new vehicles will be in the marketplace later this year. They’ll be on display at the upcoming auto show in Chicago but … Read More

Joe Jobe Looks To Positive Future

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The CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, Joe Jobe, was on stage to welcome a standing room only crowd at the opening general session to the Conference. He opened up with a political theme to his remarks. As the folks in the opening video stated very clearly, this last year has been a huge struggle for our industry.  With the … Read More

Clean Cities In Texas

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The Clean Cities Coordinator for Dallas-Ft. Worth is Mindy Mize. She was on hand to greet the media yesterday. Mindy says they’re responsible for planning for 16 counties. She says biodiesel is one of their tools that helps them improve air quality. There were several other Clean Cities Coordinators with us as well. You can download (mp3 file) or listen … Read More

Super Start To National Biodiesel Conference

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The opening day of the National Biodiesel Conference ended with the traditional Super Bowl party. Here are attendees standing for the National Anthem before the game. No matter which team you rooted for they were all on team biodiesel! This reception is a great networking opportunity and I can tell you everyone was having fun. Now it’s on to education … Read More

Greening The Irvine Municipal Fleet

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If you want to talk to a cheerleader for biodiesel then you need to meet Ramiro Lopez, Direct of Intergovernmental Services, Irvine, TX. He’s in charge of fleets and fuels and he was our guide today when we went to the media ride and drive and biodiesel plant tour. Ramiro says that in Irvine he’s implemented a program to utilize … Read More

Touring Direct Fuels Biodiesel

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The media was treated to a biodiesel plant tour today at Direct Fuels Biodiesel in Euless, TX. It was a very comprehensive tour that included the facilities and learning about their process and even how they test for quality. Jacob McClernon, Quality Assurance Specialist is pictured showing us their cold soak filtration test. We also heard from Mark Farrer, Director … Read More

Media Ride and Drive

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During today’s media ride and drive event I got to ride in a new Chevy truck that was fueled with B20 from Classic Clean Fuels. My driver was National Biodiesel Board Vice Chairman Gary Haer, Renewable Energy Group. Also along for the ride was Senior Communications Adviser for NBB, Jenna Higgins Rose. So ride along with us and hear about … Read More

Ford Shows B20 Commitment On Truck

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Another vehicle manufacturer was on hand this morning at our Classic Clean Fuels media event. Ford was represented by Brien Fulton. He was showing off the new badge they’re putting on 2011 model Super Duty pickups. This is what it looks like. Very classy, eh? Brien says the engines in these trucks will be fully capable of running on B20. … Read More

GM Announces B20 Compliant Vehicles for 2011

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The media got to hear from Craig Eppling, Regional Communications Manager for GM this morning. Craig announced that 2011 models of their heavy duty trucks and cargo vans will be B20 compliant. They’ll be displayed first at an upcoming auto show. You can download (mp3 file) or listen to Craig’s announcement here: [audio:http://www.zimmcomm.biz/nbb/nbc-10-gm-announce.mp3] You can also download (mp3 file) or … Read More

Conference Photo Album Started

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One of the first activities here at the National Biodiesel Conference was a media ride and drive event at which we heard from representatives of GM and Ford. I’ll have their announcements coming up. We held the event at Classic Clean Fuels which has biodiesel pumps in operation with B20 as you can see from the photo. Our test drive … Read More

Welcome to the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference

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Hello from Grapevine, TX as we start opening day of the 2010 Conference. This morning members of the media (including yours truly) will partake in a ride and drive to see this year’s line-up of new 2010 and 2011 clean diesel vehicles powered by biodiesel blends. We’ll be doing that at Classic Clean Fuels, a nearby fueling station selling alternative … Read More

Ready For The 2010 Conference

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It’s time once again for the National Biodiesel Conference and I’ll be your Biodiesel Blogger once again. You’ll be able to follow along with all the sights and sounds of this year’s Conference right here on the blog. We’d like to thank New Holland for their sponsorship of the blog this year and their support for the biodiesel industry. You … Read More