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

Biodiesel Policy on Track

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

Biodiesel policy is laser-focused right now on two primary issues – the RFS and the tax incentive – two policies that drive growth in the industry. During an address to the membership at the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel said they should take credit in the success of getting higher volumes under the … Read More

Maniscalco Receives Pioneer Award

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

John Maniscalco, who recently retired as the head of the New York Oil Heating Association after more than 20 years was honored with the Eye on Biodiesel Pioneer award at the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference. Maniscalco received the 2013 Industry Partnership award. Maniscalco was at the forefront of leadership in the heating oil industry, serving as the first treasurer of … Read More

Beth Calabotta Receives Biodiesel Impact Award

Joanna Schroeder2016 Conference, Audio

Beth Calabotta, former Monsanto Director for Bioenergy and currently serving on the National Biodiesel Foundation, was honored during the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo with the “Eye on Biodiesel” Impact award for her tireless dedication to the advancement of biodiesel. Beth’s experience in the field of agricultural yield technology and the markets that drive demand for protein give her … Read More

Support the National Biodiesel Foundation

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

The president and executive director of the National Biodiesel Foundation gave an update on the organization’s activities during the second general session of the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference. NBF Executive Director Tom Verry says the priorities for the foundation are sustainability, infrastructure, education and research. “In the past couple of years, sustainability work in California has been a major focus … Read More

Biodiesel Board Chairman Promotes Teamwork

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

National Biodiesel Board chairman Ron Marr with Minnesota Soybean Processors addressed the second general session of the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference with the message of teamwork to accomplish industry goals. “As a team we have a shared drive and commitment to go out and win,” said Marr. “And as an industry, we have fought hard and had many successes but … Read More

Climate Leader Award Winners

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

The National Biodiesel Board recognized three organizations in California this year as the Eye on Biodiesel Climate Leader award winners. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF); Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2); and the American Lung Association were all recognized for their environmental leadership to promote all clean fuels, including biodiesel, along the West Coast. These three organizations, along with other NGOs, bolstered and … Read More

ADM VP Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

Mike Livergood is retiring this year from ADM after nearly four decades with the company and for his many years of service to the industry, he received the Eye on Biodiesel Lifetime Achievement award this year. Livergood has been at the forefront of helping develop the biodiesel industry, even before it was commercialized in this country. His work to keep … Read More

RepublicEn: Conservative Climate Realists

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

Former Republic Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina brought his message of conservative climate realism to the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference opening general session. “Free enterprise can solve the problem of climate change,” said Inglis, who talked about the Energy and Enterprise Initiative he founded in 2012. RepublicEn, as it is called, is a nationwide public engagement campaign promoting conservative … Read More