2015 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo – Official Blog Highlights from January 21

Posted on January 22nd, 2015

nbce_2015_266x200_01Below are highlights from January 21 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.

Legislative Update and Panel Discussion

Conference attendees got a very good legislative update this morning from Anne Steckel, NBB, Vice President of Federal Affairs. Her session included a question and answer session with Byron Dorgan, a senior policy advisor, author, professor, and former Senator from North Dakota and Kenny Hulshof, Vice Chair for Public Policy at Polsinelli, and is a former Congressman from Missouri.

Anne told us that like last year, the two big battles will be for a strong RFS rule and for reinstatement of a longer-term tax incentive. She then shared the NBB plan for how to work on accomplishing victory this year.

Read the full article.

Former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt

Former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt joined us during the conference today. Here he is pictured with a few members from the Missouri Soybean Association right after doing a ride & drive with some new biodiesel powered cars and trucks. Matt is now the President of the American Automotive Policy Council and lives in Virginia. By the way, he also has a small herd of beef cattle.

Matt took the stage today to deliver a powerful speech. Here are a few excerpts from it and you can listen to his full speech below.

“American ingenuity and perseverance are expanding energy supplies across the board – and biodiesel is no exception. Americans would much rather have American farmers working to fuel our transportation industry than foreign leaders who do not share our values or our commitment to free government.

“As both a former governor and a Naval officer I can tell you energy security remains among biofuels’ most important benefits.

“Sending billions of dollars every year to nations that do not share the interests of the United States is clearly not an ideal public policy.”

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NBB Chair Encourages Members

The Chair for the National Biodiesel Board is Steven Levy, Sprague Operating Resources. He took to the stage this morning in our general session to provide an inspiring message to members who have been facing some serious odds in the last couple years. But he told everyone about how important it is to keep trying in order to obtain success using a quote from Thomas Edison.

“Across the biodiesel industry, we’re not just trying to accomplish something – we are delivering. Part of the impetus for our success is the strength of our combined expertise and collaboration.

“Ultimately, Edison didn’t succeed alone. He pioneered the concept of a collaborative lab, drawing on the knowledge and talent of a diverse group of creative scientists and engineers.”

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