2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Highlights – February 6

Posted on February 7th, 2013

nbce_2013_250x138Below are highlights from February 6 from the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The theme of this year’s conference, MOMENTUM, is aptly chosen. At 1.1 billion gallons and climbing, biodiesel has become a true force in our nation’s fuel supply. In 2013, the National Biodiesel Board celebrate the 10th National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. This conference has grown from a small gathering at its first event in Palm Springs, California in 2004, to a powerful platform that drives biodiesel business all year long. It is attended by fuel producers, petroleum distributors, soybean growers and agricultural commodity organizations, scientists, policy makers, and alternative fuel users and enthusiasts.

Full coverage can be found on the Official Event Blog.

Raise the Rally Cry

For the past two years, Gary Haer has held three jobs: Chair of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Renewable Energy Group (REG), the largest producer of biodiesel in the U.S. and soybean producer – he farms on his family farm in Northwest Missouri.

During his presentation during the second day of the 10th Annual NBB Conference Haer noted that it was hard for him to believe this industry was celebrating it’s 20th anniversary (as Joe Jobe said, the industry has reached its teenage years).

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Las Vegas – An Inspiration for Biodiesel Adoption

If you are looking for a little inspiration for biodiesel, look no further than Las Vegas, or now the city I have renamed Las BioVegas. A community group of innovators, known as the Las Vegas Biodiesel User Group, became early adopters of the fuel blend and were awarded the Eye on Biodiesel: Inspiration award during the 10th Annual National Biodiesel Conference and Expo aptly held in BioVegas.

Gary H. Weinberg, Western Sierra Services; Ron Corbett, City of North Las Vegas; Frank Giordano, Clark County School District; James Morwood, Las Vegas Valley Water District; Dan Hyde, City of Las Vegas (retired) were all part of the crew.

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More B For Me

More biodiesel please. If you can find more biodiesel it was definitely at the 10th Annual National Biodiesel Conference in Las Vegas. Ok, so even though you were’t exactly taking home barrels of biodiesel, you could win $1,000 in free biodiesel as part of the More B for Me campaign. I got the scoop from Alicia Clancy who is the Manager, Corporate Affairs for the Renewable Fuels Group (REG), the country’s largest biodiesel producer.

Clancy said the goal of the promotion is to increase awareness of biodiesel use in farming equipment – trackers, trucks, etc. While many use a B2 or B5 blend, Clancy said all farm equipment is approved for use up to B20. As part of the campaign, farmers (or consumers) are encouraged go to their local co-op or gas station and ask them to offer higher blends of biodiesel.

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