2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Highlights – February 7

Posted on February 8th, 2013

nbce_2013_250x138Below are highlights from February 7 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.

Vilsack Addresses Standing Room Only Crowd

United States Agriculture Department (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed a standing room only crowd during the final day of the 10th Annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Beginning his second term as part of the Obama Administration, prior to taking this position he was the Governor of Iowa. Vilsack has been a leader in the support of biofuels since taking office as Governor and has continued in his current role.

Vilsack said that the biodiesel industry is helping the country become secure through its innovation and products and also helping to create a new biobased economy.

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NY Oil Heating Association Wins Partnership Award

The biodiesel industry has many to thank for efforts that have lead to greater adoption and support of biodiesel. One area that has been an early adopter is the Big Apple – New York City. Under the leadership of John D. Maniscalco, the CEO of the New York Oil Heating Association, New York City recently passed landmark registration: beginning in October 2012, all heating oil sold in the city must contain at least two percent biodiesel.

This cleaner burning, domestic fuel blend known as Bioheat® will replace up to 20 million gallons of petroleum a year. The efforts of Maniscalco and the support provided by the New York Oil Heating Association made this unprecedented legislation possible.

It is these efforts, along with others, that led to his Eye on Biodiesel award from the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), during the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo this week in Las Vegas.

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Industry Engagement Critical

This past year was a roller coaster but with some big achievements, said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board during her presentation at the 10th Annual Conference in Las Vegas. One big achievement: the increase of volume of biodiesel gallons as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This, noted Steckel, reflects the ongoing growth of the biodiesel industry.

One of the biggest ongoing challenges is the efforts of the petroleum industry to end the RFS. Steckel said NBB is spending a lot of resources fighting these court cases, but she was proud to say they have been successful in winning the last three court cases. But the fight is not over.

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Senator Dorgan: We Must Be Relentless

Former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan is truly an advocate for biofuels. While in office, Dorgan authored the first renewable fuel bill, requiring 8 billion gallons of biofuels. When President Bush took office, he asked Dorgan to help write the bill that today is the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Dorgan gave an inspiring and funny presentation during the National Biodiesel Board’s 10th Annual Conference in Las Vegas. While he may have regaled the large crowd with funny stories, what he does not find funny is the attack on biodiesel and the RFS. He has dedicated himself to continuing the fight. He said, “It is very important we be relentless with this success story.”

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Reminiscing About Last 20 Years

On stage during the general session at this year’s conference was Kenlon Johannes, CEO, Kansas Soybean Commission. Kenlon reminisced about the start of the National Biodiesel Board and conference.

Kenlon says it has been an interesting 20 years and 10 years. He says there were only a few involved at the start with most of the action happening in Missouri. The first five years were the fast growth years when the industry really started to take off.

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Innovation Award Winner

The Eye on Biodiesel Award winner for Innovation this year is Leon Schumacher.

Leon Schumacher, University of Missouri, is one of the first researchers to jump into biodiesel with both feet was Leon Schumacher, a professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Dr. Schumacher led the first engine tests of biodiesel in the U.S. including a 1991 Dodge Ram which can still be seen on the university campus today. Biodiesel has become one of the most tested fuels on the planet. It began with this early research and continues today.

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