National Biodiesel Conference to Celebrate 25 Years

Cindy Zimmerman2018 Conference, Audio

The biodiesel industry is heading to Fort Worth January 22 – 25 for the silver anniversary of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. “Every conference we’ve sponsored has been an exciting event for our industry,” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagan. “But this one is obviously going to be special as we take the opportunity to not only recognize the milestones … Read More

Next Gen Scientists Causing an Effect

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

The best and the brightest of the Next Generation of Scientists for Biodiesel were on hand at the 14th National Biodiesel Conference to “cause an effect” in the industry. The 14 young scientists were both seen and heard in poster displays on biodiesel research and networking with professionals in the biodiesel field. Six of them presented their promising research projects … Read More

General Motors Pleased to Take Biodiesel Lead

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

General Motors was very pleased to announce its expanded portfolio of B20-capable vehicles during the 14th National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego last week, taking the lead among auto makers with 20 trucks, cars and crossovers able to use 20% biodiesel. “We listen to what our customers are asking us for,” said John Schwegman, GM Director of Commercial Product and … Read More

2017 Biodiesel Conference Wrap Up

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

We still have a few more posts to add here on the blog, but the 14th National Biodiesel Conference is officially history. Donnell Rehagen has attended the majority of those conference as COO for the National Biodiesel Board, but it was his first as CEO, and he was very pleased with this year’s event and excited about the industry moving … Read More

Meet the New NBB Chairman

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

Kent Engelbrecht of ADM was elected chairman of the National Biodiesel Board in November, marking the first time that company has moved into the leadership position for the organization. “We’ve been involved in biodiesel since 2006,” said Engelbrecht. “We’ve got four plants in North America producing a lot of biodiesel, and that uses a lot of soybean oil, and that … Read More

#NBB17 Spotlight on Washington Session

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

The room was packed for the ever-popular Spotlight on Washington session at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference, which was more popular than ever this year with the advent of a new presidential administration. Back by popular demand for the session were former Sen. Byron Dorgan and former Cong. Kenny Hulshof, and they were joined by other DC insiders Jim Massie, … Read More

Illinois B20 Club Wins Partnership Award

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

The Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program and the state’s American Lung Association received the Eye on Biodiesel Industry Partnership Award this year for the very successful B20 Club program. This program is focused on raising the profile of exemplary fleets that use B20 in any type of diesel engine. Members range from municipalities to school buses to over-the-road trucking companies. … Read More

Hostage Negotiator Keynotes #NBB17

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

Chris Voss is founder and CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of “Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It.” He has used his many years of experience in international crisis and high-stakes negotiations to develop a unique program and team that applies these globally proven techniques to the business world. He was also … Read More

Iowa Governor Branstad Honored at #NBB17

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad received the Eye on Biodiesel National Energy Leadership Award, which the governor accepted via video recording at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Diego. The state of Iowa is a national leader in clean energy production and is the number one biodiesel producing state in the country, thanks in large part to strong leadership … Read More

DC Clean Cities Leader Receives Influence Award

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

Ronald “Ron” Flowers is the Executive Director of the Greater Washington, D.C. Region Clean Cities Coalition, and the winner of this year’s Eye on Biodiesel Influence Award. Ron has worked closely with the National Biodiesel Board as well as the National Biodiesel Foundation, resulting in the use of thousands of gallons of B20 blends. His knowledge of fuels and fleets … Read More

New York City Councilman Honored as Climate Leader

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

New York City passed a measure in 2016 introduced by City Council Member Costa Constantinides that makes the Big Apple a big leader in the use of biodiesel for heating oil. The bill created fuel standard that grows the amount of biodiesel in heating oil in the City from the current two percent level to five percent October 1, 2017. … Read More

Record Number of #Biodiesel Vehicles Available

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

U.S. auto manufacturers have introduced a record number of new biodiesel capable diesel vehicle options, several of which were on display at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference Vehicle Showcase, presented by NBB and General Motors Fleet. One of GM’s flagship models, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup with a 6.6L Duramax® turbo diesel engine, is on proud display in the … Read More

NBB DC Report

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

Uncertainty and change are nothing new for the biodiesel industry, so the new administration is just one more challenge to overcome. “While the transition to any new administration brings both challenges and opportunities, this new president comes with greater uncertainty than most,” said National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel. “Regardless, our past success is a … Read More

GM Announces 20 for B20 in Diesel Vehicle Lineup

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

General Motors is fueling America’s future with biodiesel by expanding its B20-capable lineup to include new cars, crossovers and trucks. John Schwegman, Director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty Product for General Motors, delivered the welcome news to an enthusiastic crowd at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Diego. “Diesel propulsion deserves wider consideration by fleet managers … Read More

New NBB CEO and Chairman Kick Off #NBB17

Cindy Zimmerman2017 Conference, Audio

National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen and Chairman Kent Engelbrecht of ADM kicked off the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego Tuesday with a look at how biodiesel has continued to triumph over the years despite being an underdog. “NBB was created by a visionary and insightful group of soybean organizations in 1992, before biodiesel even existed in the … Read More

Next Gen Scientists Share Biodiesel Research

Joanna Schroeder2016 Conference, Audio, General

Students who are part of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel had the opportunity to share their research during the recent National Biodiesel Conference and Expo. The students all have one thing in common – their passion for the biodiesel industry. I spoke with several of these budding biodiesel leaders during the poster session. Thomas Kwan is a PhD candidate … Read More

Young Women Leading the Way in Biodiesel Research

Joanna Schroeder2016 Conference, Audio

There is a growing number of women who are forging paths and leading the way in innovative biodiesel research. Two such women are Megan Hums, a student at Drexel University, and Jennifer Greenstein, a student at North Carolina State University. They are both members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program and they both presented posters during this year’s … Read More

Next Gen Scientists Discuss Value of #NBB16

Joanna Schroeder2016 Conference, Audio

It’s never too early to encourage the next generation of biodiesel and bioproduct scientists and this is just what NBB is doing through its Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. Several members of the group attended this year’s conference and presented posters, attended educational sessions and networked, networked, networked. James Anderson, at the University of Southern Illinois, serves as co-chair … Read More

Policy Panel at #NBB16

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

Back by popular demand, the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference once again featured a panel of former Congressional representatives to talk about renewable fuels policy and in this election year, presidential politics as well. The panel featured former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina, who spoke at the first general session this week; former Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan of North … Read More

Addressing #Biodiesel Distribution Challenges

Joanna Schroeder2016 Conference, Audio

Paul Nazzaro is no stranger to the biodiesel industry and has been a huge champion for the advanced biofuel in the Northeast for nearly two decades. During the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida, Nazzaro participated in several panel discussions focused on how to get more biodiesel into the Northeast as each year, more legislation is passed … Read More