2015 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo – Official Blog Highlights from January 20

Posted on January 21st, 2015

nbce_2015_266x200_01Below are highlights from January 20 from the official blog of the 2015 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.

The end of 2014 delivered two powerful shocks to the transportation fuels sector. First, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) refused to decrease production to offset reduced demand, leading to the lowest oil prices in years. Then, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would finish the year without setting annual federal renewable fuels volume requirements for gas and diesel distributors.

Those burning energy issues and more will be hot topics at the annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo taking place January 19 – 22 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. This will be the 12th straight year NBB will produce the premier U.S. biodiesel event, featuring demonstrations and discussions among thousands of biodiesel producers, distributors, and enthusiasts.

Full coverage can be found on the official blog.

First Day of Activities

The first day of activities are about to conclude here in Ft. Worth. Things got kicked off with a number of sessions on different topics before our general session featuring the speech from Joe Jobe. I have some additional items from today I’ll be posting as time allows and hope to have all coverage completed by the end of the week. From today this includes a leadership discussion with industry leaders and some special recognition for a very special person.

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Meet the Press with Joe Jobe

After this morning’s general session NBB CEO Joe Jobe met with the press. This gave reporters a chance to ask specific questions about not only his earlier speech but also more background and details on what is happening (or not happening) with the RFS and tax credits.

Listening in will give you a good sense for what kinds of questions reporters are asking.

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NBB CEO Fires Up Conference Attendees

Talking about how much the truth matters and calling once more for cooperation from the petroleum industry on the RFS, Joe Jobe, CEO, National Biodiesel Board, got attendees fired up this morning during his opening general session speech. He received a standing ovation at the end of the speech when he loudly proclaimed:

“2015 is the year we get back to the future of this program. Back to the future of this industry and this country. We are the ones on the right side of history, and we have a powerful force on our side. The truth. So rise up with me people. Rise up and tell our story. Rise up and take the RFS back in 2015.”

Only by diversifying the transportation fuels market and providing competition to crude oil can the U.S. truly achieve energy security, he explained.

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Starting Off the 2015 Conference

The 2015 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is just kicking off in Ft. Worth, Tx. We’re at the Fort Worth Convention Center and our opening general session will take place this morning. Keep an eye here for information from the sessions as they take place over the next couple days.

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