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Major Accomplishments are Fueling Biodiesel’s Future At the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

Jan 16, 2017
Biodiesel enthusiasts converge in San Diego this week for shows and announcements


: Kaleb Little

(SAN DIEGO) – From the streets of New York City to the surf of the California Coast, big things are happening to fuel biodiesel’s future. So it’s no surprise enthusiasts of America’s Advanced Biofuel are excited to converge this week in San Diego at the industry’s largest gathering of producers, distributors and fans.

San Diego residents are invited to join the action free-of-charge when the 14th Annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo kicks off in earnest Tuesday. The day opens with an overview of the industry at the conference’s General Session, which is followed by numerous breakout sessions where experts will present on the latest trends in the industry. Local fans will be particularly interested in the discussion in the session, “California’s Thriving Low Carbon Markets.”

“The General Session is one event attendees won’t want to miss,” said Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, which produces the annual conference. “Not only will they get presentations on what’s been accomplished and what’s expected ahead, we are looking forward to a very special announcement from General Motors that will be exciting news for biodiesel fans everywhere.

“Plus we all will be treated to a keynote address from master negotiator Chris Voss,” Rehagen added. “Chris has used his many years of experience as an FBI agent in international crisis and high stakes negotiations to develop a unique program and team that applies globally-proven techniques to the business world. This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn from an expert that can make us all better at what we do in business and in life.”

Attendees will also enjoy the Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase that kicks off Tuesday in the Expo Hall. There they will find the latest biodiesel-capable vehicles, technologies and special announcements on what to expect in the future.

Throughout the week, attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the exciting developments for the biodiesel industry that have occurred in the past calendar year. Thanks to new legislation, New York City residents will see the amount of biodiesel used in place of conventional heating oil gradually grow over the coming years. In fact, the amount of biodiesel used for home heating oil there is expected to skyrocket from 50 million gallons last year to 200 million gallons by 2034.

And in Oregon, residents there have followed California’s lead and instituted their own Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which means more clean-burning biodiesel being substituted for petroleum diesel. Not to be outdone, California last year took it to another level by extending the state’s targets for carbon emissions reductions to 2030. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are leading credit generators under the low carbon fuel standard and their presence will continue growing with the expansion of this landmark policy.

Beyond the victories in individual states and municipalities, much of the discussion this week will center on what the new Congress and Administration will mean for the biodiesel industry in general and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) specifically. The RFS is the program signed into law under the George W. Bush administration with bipartisan support in Congress that guarantees minimum levels of biodiesel and other alternative fuels are blended into the nations fuel supply.

“There’s no question this is an interesting time for biodiesel and our industry,” Rehagen said. “Like so many others we are eager to see what the coming months and the Trump Administration will mean for renewable energy, for tax reform and for the RFS.  Biodiesel is one of the few truly bi-partisan issues and we are confident our new Congress and new leadership will continue to support a smart solution that is working for America on so many levels.”


For more information and media registration, please visit http://www.biodieselconference.org/default.aspx.