NBB Influence Award Goes to Kotrba

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The 2019 Eye on Biodiesel Influence Award winner is Ron Kotrba, Biodiesel Magazine. Ron Kotrba has served as Editor of Biodiesel Magazine for nearly a decade, providing key insights into the industry and covering every nuanced topic in the space with precision. Before becoming Editor of Biodiesel Magazine, Kotrba was a senior writer for all of BBI International’s publications, writing … Read More

Biodiesel-Powered Engines In It For the Long Haul

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Industry experts from the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF), National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA), and National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) who spoke at the National Biodiesel Conference agree that the forecast for diesel powertrains looks strong and steady. National Biodiesel Board Technical Director Scott Fenwick moderated a panel on the topic featuring Patti Earley, Florida Power and Light Fleet Fuel … Read More

NBB Chairman Celebrates Biodiesel Commitment

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ADM Biodiesel Trade Manager Kent Engelbrecht, serving his third and final year as chairman of the National Biodiesel Board, is optimistic about the future of the biodiesel industry and pleased with the successes of 2018. “2018 closed as our highest market year in the history of our industry,” said Engelbrecht during his address to the 2019 National Biodiesel Conference in … Read More

Biodiesel Foundation Update

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The mission of the National Biodiesel Foundation (NBF) is outreach, education, research and demonstration activities for the advancement of biodiesel. “We do things the National Biodiesel Board can’t do,” says Biodiesel Foundation president Jeff Lynn of Illinois. That includes such activities as Congressional tours to educate legislators about where biodiesel comes from and how it is made, as well as … Read More

Dr. Kaffka Honored with Inspiration Award

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Dr. Stephen Kaffka, Extension Agronomist with the Department of Plant Science at the University of California-Davis, is the recipient of this year’s Eye on Biodiesel Inspiration Award. Presenting the award to Dr. Kaffka were National Biodiesel Board Sustainability Director Don Scott and CEO Donnell Rehagen. Dr. Kaffka has served as an instrumental leader for many years in advocating for environmental … Read More

2019 Biodiesel Conference Wrap Up

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Hundreds of biodiesel leaders from across the country gathered for the 2019 National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego to ENGAGE in thought provoking discussions to help advance America’s advanced biofuel. Keeping with the theme of ENGAGE, here are some key takeaways from the conference: E – Educate: One of the main goals of the conference was to educate attendees on … Read More

Biofuels Leaders Engage in RFS Discussion

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The 2019 National Biodiesel Conference concluded Thursday with a panel discussion entitled “To 2022 and Beyond: Renewable Fuels in the Next Decade,” featuring renewable fuel industry leaders discussing the Renewable Fuel Standard and what is on the horizon for 2020. National Biodiesel Board chief operations officer Doug Whitehead moderated the discussion between NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen and his ethanol organization … Read More

Casey’s General Stores Receives Biodiesel Impact Award

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Casey’s General Stores received this year’s Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award from the National Biodiesel Board. Nathaniel Doddridge, Casey’s Director of Fuels, received the award from NBB Technical Director Scott Fenwick and Chairman Kent Engelbrecht, ADM. In the past year, Casey’s General Stores has become a leading player in the biodiesel industry, keeping biodiesel in high consumer demand. Casey’s is … Read More

Oregon Clean Fuels Honored as Climate Leader

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The National Biodiesel Board’s annual Eye on Biodiesel Climate Leader award was presented to Cory-Ann Wind, Oregon Clean Fuels Program Manager, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Wind and the DEQ have served as long-time leaders in efforts to protect our climate and natural environment. DEQ administers the state’s Clean Fuels Program (CFP), which requires gradually increasing carbon … Read More

Panel Addresses Biodiesel Policy Issues

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National Biodiesel Board Vice President of Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik welcomed a panel of industry experts to the stage at the 2019 National Biodiesel Conference Tuesday to discuss the political balance in the 116th Congress and the challenges and opportunities for achieving biodiesel policy priorities. Policy panel participants included former members of Congress Byron Dorgan and Kenny Hulshof, David Carmen … Read More

2019 Biodiesel Conference & Expo Lifts Off in San Diego

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The 2019 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo lifted off Tuesday in San Diego with inspirational remarks from industry leadership. Acknowledging 2019 as the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen drew comparisons between the tenacity of the space program and U.S. biodiesel producers’ own efforts to get the first commercially available advanced biofuel industry … Read More

2019 Biodiesel Conference Preview

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Welcome to the 2019 National Biodiesel Conference blog! America’s largest celebration of all things biodiesel returns to San Diego this year for a record fifth visit to the Golden State. Local residents are invited to join in the festivities at no cost during the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo kick off at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina on Tuesday, … Read More

Back to the Biodiesel Future

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Back in 1993, biodiesel was just an idea. But thanks to the efforts of pioneers like Doug Pickering, Kenlon Johannes, and Bill Ayers, it has become the industry it is today. Doug and Bill built the first facility to produce biodiesel – two 55 gallon drums on stands with a sump pump and a garden hose. Kenlon, who was with … Read More

Biofuels Groups Panel

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To tackle the topic of the next 25 years for biodiesel, NBB brought representatives from other biofuels industry organizations to talk about what is on the horizon for the industry. The panel was moderated by Gary Haer of REG and featured Growth Energy Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley; Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Biofuels Business Council; … Read More

Ford Delivers First F-150 Diesel

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The new Ford F-150 was in the spotlight last week at the National Biodiesel Conference as it joins the F-250/350/450 Super Duty® and F-650/750 medium duty trucks as well as the Transit van to round out Ford’s strong line-up of diesel models supporting the use of B20 biodiesel blends. Dominic DiCicco, Ford’s Manager of Environmental Policy and Fuel Quality, commented, … Read More

New Report Highlights Biodiesel Sustainability

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A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects updates and reaffirms the long-understood benefits of using the renewable fuel. Results confirm that biodiesel compared to petroleum diesel reduces GHG emissions by 72 percent and fossil fuel use by 80 percent. The study, which was released as the National Biodiesel Conference kicked off last week, is … Read More

Eye on Biodiesel Innovation Award

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National Renewable Energy Lab Senior Chemist Earl Christensen was honored with the Eye on Biodiesel Innovation Award at the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference. Christensen has been instrumental in conducting work related to biodiesel stability that has bolstered confidence in B20 by both Original Equipment Manufacturers and end-users alike. In his role at NREL, he has led critical efforts to analyze … Read More

Deere Helps Biodiesel Celebrate 25 Years

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It was 2001 when the use of B5 biodiesel was approved in all John Deere engines, and today many are approved up to B20. John Deere was one of the first OEMs to embrace biofuels and that support continues to be strong as every vehicle is filled at the factory with a biodiesel blend in the fuel tank. Steve Geick … Read More

All About Federal Policy Panel

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In a year when representation for biodiesel in Washington D.C. was more critical than ever, it was the chief operating officer of the National Biodiesel Board who stepped up to the plate to fill in as vice president of federal affairs to allow the organization to search for just the right person to take on this vital role. Doug Whitehead … Read More

GM Offers 20 B20-approved 2018 Diesel Models

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General Motors has a strong lineup of 20 different diesel vehicle options for the 2018 model year – spanning the car, truck, van and compact SUV categories – and GM supports B20 in all 20 of those models. One of GM’s flagship models, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup with a 6.6L Duramax® turbo diesel engine, as well as the … Read More