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We are very happy to begin by welcoming Evonik as our newest Bronze Partner Sponsor, here and in the Welcome section below. Also, this issue features the first of our Partner Sponsor articles, one from the National Biodiesel Board (Gold) and one from EcoEngineers (Silver). 
Last month's newsletter went out just after SB 32 (Pavley) - which had been held up in the legislature for a year due to intense lobbying by big oil - passed in a historic package deal with AB 197 (Garcia). This detailed LA Times article documents the process as a "more nuanced campaign" and one involving wet eyes and hugs between bill sponsors at the end, after quite a bumpy ride.
We begin with a related celebratory statement, which includes a quote from CBA and many others that were part of this unprecedented effort that succeeded precisely because of its commitment to bringing the benefits of carbon reduction to all! The statement is from California Delivers, a coalition of more than 500 businesses, public health professionals, workers, public officials, faith leaders, and environmental and equity organizations focused on the success of AB 32 and clean energy and transportation policies that benefit all Californians.
We bring several articles about our efforts on behalf of instate biofuels and more on federal and state legislative and policy issues and compliance deadlines with some being in the Policy section, so don't miss it! 
Thanks to those of you who reached out to Senators Boxer and Feinstein and your Representatives to ask them to co-sponsor legislation to extend the federal biodiesel tax incentive through 2019 and reform it as a domestic production credit.
S A V E   T H E   D A T E ! 
CBA's Sixth Annual California Biodiesel Conference: Thrive! 
March 1, 2017 --- Capitol Ballroom, Sacramento
Note: You are receiving this newsletter because your company/organization or individual membership is current or you are a Partner Sponsor. We are also making this complete version of the newsletter available to state agency staff who have signed up to receive our newsletters. Our Members Only webpage is now available to you using the password 2006 - the year CBA was founded. 
Back Issues of this newsletter are available on our Archives page here

(California Delivers) 
Broad Coalition Celebrates as Gov. Brown Signs Landmark Climate
and Clean Energy Bills into Law

Thursday, September 8, 2016 

L OS ANGELES - Flanked by supporters, Gov. Jerry Brown will sign SB 32 and AB 197 into law today, extending and bolstering California's trailblazing fight against climate change. With today's signing, California commits to pursue the strongest greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in North America.
SB 32, authored by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-27), requires the state to slash its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. SB 32 succeeds AB 32, passed nearly ten years ago, which called on California to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. As the state is on track to meet or even exceed this target, this new law delivers continuity in a critical moment.
AB 197, authored by Asm. Eduardo Garcia (D-56), accompanied SB 32 and also was signed by Gov. Brown in today's ceremony. AB 197 provides for greater legislative oversight of the California Air Resources Board while ensuring new opportunities to advance vital environmental justice issues. The two laws advanced to the Governor's desk with backing from Senate pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and the Governor himself.
Below are statements from a sample of California Delivers supporters:
Adrienne Alvord, Western States Director, Union of Concerned Scientists:
"The bills signed today will extend and consolidate California's commitment to becoming a clean energy-based economy, making our state even stronger, safer, and more prosperous than before. Thanks to Governor Brown, Assembly Member Garcia, Senator Pavley and Legislative leadership, businesses, innovators and investors will have the confidence to keep California ahead in transforming from the old era of dirty fossil fuels to a cleanenergy economy."
Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, Founder & President, Interfaith Power & Light:
"Alleluia! California Interfaith Power & Light celebrates our state's continuing commitment to cut pollution and embrace clean energy. We were glad to amplify the moral message from California's faith community. Thank you Governor Brown, Senators Pavley and De León, and Assemblymember Garcia for your hard work and visionary leadership in making SB 32 and other related bills law. This legislation will improve public health and our economy and continue our global leadership in fighting climate change."
John Boesel, President and CEO, CALSTART:
"This legislation lays the foundation for serious and exciting growth of the clean transportation tech industry in California. Senator Pavley deserves high praise for delivering yet another landmark climate bill."
Todd Campbell, VP of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Clean Energy:
"California businesses worked to pass SB 32 because it will produce more jobs, business investment in California, and help keep our economy growing. In addition, AB 197 will hold ARB accountable to the people and ensure new regulatory policies such as promoting the use of renewable natural gas by heavy duty trucks will benefit our state's economy and environment."
Stuart Cohen, Executive Director, TransForm:
"Big Oil wanted to throw California's climate program under the bus - even as transportation continues to be the state's leading source of climatepollution. But in passing SB 32 and AB 197, the Governor and many in the legislature stood strong in defense of targets that will rein in greenhouse gas emissions and provide Californians of all incomes with better transportation choices, more affordable places to live, and cleaner, healthier communities."
César Diaz, Legislative Director, California State Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO:
"SB 32 and AB 197 will advance California's goals to reduce GHG pollution and to ensure such policies are fairly implemented to create high-quality jobs and economic benefits statewide. We thank Governor Brown, Assembly Speaker Rendon, and Senate pro Tem De León for their leadership and achievement on behalf of California's working families."
Olivia Diaz-Lapham, President and CEO of the American Lung Association in CA:
"The lives of those who suffer from asthma, lung cancer, and other lung illnesses will be better thanks to these new laws to combat climate change and improve air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We commend the Governor for signing these groundbreaking pieces of legislation that will have a direct impact on the lung health of all Californians."
Celia DuBose, Executive Director, California Biodiesel Alliance:
"The California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) was glad to work closely with E2, CALSTART, other NGOs and members of the low-carbon fuels sector in support of SB 32 and AB 197, and to bring a clear message about the jobs our businesses are creating and the benefits we are bringing to disadvantaged communities, all while reducing emissions. We believe that together we played a key role in securing this historic victory for our state's bellwether climate policies and wish to thank Governor Jerry Brown for his commitment and leadership in a very tough political climate."
Sandra Fluke, California State Director, Voices For Progress:
"The members of Voices For Progress are very appreciative of the leadership of Governor Brown and the state legislature in enacting these bills into law, thereby continuing California's critical work to fight climate change, and providing the type of market certainty that our clean economy businesses need to keep growing and lifting our economy."
Steve Frisch, President, Sierra Business Council:
"Californians have always been leaders in recognizing that what's good for the environment is good for the economy. Business knows the future is about a clean economy and creating good jobs while reducing risk and improving vulnerable communities. That's what the legislature delivered." 
Lisa Hoyos, Director, Climate Parents:
"The groundbreaking climate bills Governor Brown is signing today are a huge win for parents and families in California and beyond, who recognize the threat that the fossil fuel industry poses to our children's health and the viability of our climate. This law is paving the way for the 100% clean energyeconomy our kids deserve."
Kirsten James, California Policy Director, Ceres:
"Ceres commends these California leaders for sticking by the state's commitment to a low-carbon economy. Today's bill signing sends a powerful signal to the rest of the country and to the world that a clean energy future is not only possible, it is inevitable and irresistible."
Bob Keefe, Executive Director, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs):
"This is good news for California's environment - but it's also good news for California's economy. More than 500,000 Californians now work in cleanenergy, and thanks to this legislation, more good-paying clean energy jobs are on the way."
Michelle Kinman, Clean Energy Advocate, Environment California:
"Nine months out from the Paris climate agreement, California continues to lead by example, taking concrete steps to reduce global warming emissions, improve public health, and reduce pollution in overburdened communities, all while creating clean energy jobs and investments. Thank you to Senator Pavley, Assemblymember Garcia, Senate pro Tem De León, Assembly Speaker Rendon, and Governor Brown for acting on climate."
Thomas Lawson, President, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition:
"Expanding California's target for reducing GHG targets by 2030 coupled with providing regulatory accountability and transparency is good news for the state's economy. It will lead to more jobs and innovative new technologies in the alternate fuels sector, especially for NGVs.  CNGVC looks forward to building on the partnerships that were forged in this fight, to clean up the transportation sector-which is key to helping California reach its new and ambitious climate goals." 
Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council:
"Senate Bill 32 will propel our state into a healthier future-both environmentally and economically. We applaud California's leadership for forging ahead with the confidence that comes from past experience, which assures us that not only are cutting-edge sustainability policies good for our planet, they're good for business."
Bill Magavern, Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air:
"Millions of Californians suffered from smog and smoke this summer, but help is on the way, because SB 32 and AB 197 will bring large reductions in the pollutants that both warm the planet and cause smog, drought and wildfires in our communities."
Mike Mielke, Senior VP, Environment & Energy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group:
"SB 32 and AB 197 will continue the record growth of California's clean energy economy well into the next decade. At the same time, it will reduce pollution and save lives."
Matt Nelson, Executive Director,  Presente.org:
"The leadership and courage we witnessed in the legislature is a reflection and response to tremendous public will and validates the strong Latinx commitment to fighting climate change. This is a significant step in the right direction and now we must keep on this path and refuse to go down the scorched road the fossil fuel industry has led us on for far too long. Our communities will continue to push for a healthier, greener, more just, and more equitable environmental transformation of our economy and society." 
Timothy O'Connor, Director, California Climate Initiative & Senior Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund:
 "Governor Brown has been a relentless advocate for climate action, and today he has cemented his environmental legacy. Californians and people around the world will benefit from this new set of climate laws, which will ensure the state's economy and the environment continue to thrive."
Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve:
"We have already seen how much good has come from local climate action with AB 32-just look at how much air quality has improved in Los Angeles. Passing this new legislation is good for Angelenos, as the resulting mitigation and adaptation efforts will reduce greenhouse gases and keep LA cool, while continuing to improve public health and boost the economy."
Kathryn Phillips, Director, Sierra Club California:
"This signing today sends a very strong message to the world: California isn't backing down on the fight against climate disrupting pollution. The legislature that passed SB 32 in 2016 is composed almost entirely of people who were not in office in 2006, when AB 32, the first climate bill, was passed. Support for climate action in the legislature-and an among the public in general-hasn't diminished, but has grown."
Sarah Rose, CEO, California League of Conservation Voters:
"We applaud the leadership of bill authors Senator Pavley and Assemblyman Garcia along with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate pro Tem Kevin de León, and thank Governor Jerry Brown for his commitment to California's successful climate solutions. California has shown the world that ensuring our most vulnerable communities share equally in the benefits of environmental policies is fundamental to California's leadership on environmental progress, and makes us the model for the nation and the world on how to fight climate change."
Loni Cortez Russell, Deputy Field Manager, Western States, Moms Clean Air Force:
"Moms Clean Air Force's 80,000 California moms and dads commend Senator Pavley, Assemblymember Garcia, Senator De León, and Governor Brownon their leadership to protect our children from dangerous climate pollution now and into the future."
Alvaro Sanchez, Environmental Equity Director, The Greenlining Institute:
"These bills advance California's worldwide leadership on addressing climate change. We congratulate Asm. Garcia, Senator Pavley, Senate pro Tem De León, Speaker Rendon, and the Governor for making 2016 a banner year for climate justice policy." 
Parin Shah, Senior Strategist, Asian Pacific Environmental Network:
"California's leadership is vital in advancing solutions that address the root causes of climate change. AB 197 and SB 32, by lifting up the need to reduce pollution at the source and placing a true cost on carbon pollution, usher in a new era in climate policy: one that places environmental justice principles at the center. We thank everyone involved in this effort, especially Asm Garcia for his bold leadership."
Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council:
"California is showing our nation and world what can, and must, be done to reduce the dangerous pollution fueling climate change."
Katelyn Roedner Sutter, San Joaquin Regional Director & Environmental Justice Program Manager, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton:
"Pope Francis has called on all people to care for our common home, and with SB 32 and AB 197, we believe California is taking a bold step to care for creation and those who are disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change. We are thankful for the leadership of Gov. Brown, Sen. Pavley, and Asm. Garcia!"
Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs & Policy, The Nature Conservancy, CA:
"For a decade, California's climate law has succeeded in cleaning up air pollution, advancing protections for our irreplaceable natural resources and investing millions of dollars in climate smart projects that help both rural and urban economies. It is critical we keep this momentum going if the state is to deliver on its promise of a low-carbon future."
California Delivers is a coalition of more than 500 businesses, public health professionals, workers, public officials, faith leaders, environmental and equity organizations, community leaders and individuals focused on protecting, implementing and extending the benefits of AB 32. Visit CADelivers.org for more information.

Senator Pavley Recognizes Biofuels at Historic SB 32 Bill Signing Ceremony
Foundation for Future Success is Laid

Last month, this newsletter went out at 5pm on August 31st, just hours before the end of the 2016 legislative session. At that time, Senator Fran Pavley was still on the floor working on behalf of biofuels.
Unfortunately, the $900 million Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) bill agreed to by leadership and the Administration did not include a line item for instate biofuels when the clock struck midnight.
Shortly afterward, however, we were excited to hear Senator Pavley talk about the biofuels industry at the SB 32 and AB 197 signing ceremony, which celebrated California's success in protecting and extending our state's landmark carbon reduction policy. Getting SB 32 and AB 197 passed into law is great news for our industry, and this brief spotlight on our state's biofuels businesses in this historic context gives us an important foundation to build on.
On a related note, Pavley's SB 20, to establish a Low Carbon Fuels Council to coordinate state agencies' work related to accelerating the instate production of low carbon fuels, which CBA supported, suffered last-minute amendments, was changed to AB 1205, and was not passed . While the bill was changed to a version with less industry oversight and more control by state agencies, the bill may be resurrected in the next session, and CBA will explore whether it would be a good vehicle to assist in our efforts on behalf of biofuels.
Coordinating our efforts on this front, CBA lobbyist, Louie Brown, continues his leadership, including running the weekly strategy meetings of the California Cap and Trade Biofuels Initiative coalition ( our effort to secure funding for instate biofuels production incentives from Cap and Trade auction proceeds allocated through the GGRF). Special thanks to Louie for all his work on our behalf in this legislative session. He has been the force behind our success in building relationships, educating members of the legislature, and establishing CBA as a leader in the growing biofuels funding movement.

CBA Engages on State's New Biofuel Supply Module     
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September 14th, a public workshop focusing on greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in the vehicle and fuel technology sectors was held as part of the development of the state's 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update.

Jointly hosted by the California Energy Commission (CEC), California Office of Planning and Research (OPR), California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), California Strategic Growth Council (SGC), and California Air Resources Board (ARB), the workshop presented a land-use vision; information about the state's programs to reduce vehicle miles travelled (VMT) and GHG emissions; and a new Biofuel Supply Module.
The Biofuel Supply Module is of great interest to our industry. A complex spreadsheet developed to help predict future low carbon fuel availability, the module models a range of factors, including supply, demand, pricing, and incentive and subsidy amounts, to determine supply.
CBA President Russ Teall attended the workshop and is spearheading CBA's engagement, specifically regarding the Biofuel Supply Module. 
Our goal is to enhance the understanding of state agency staff on issues that may be missing from the spreadsheet by providing valuable industry feedback based on real-world factors and realistic projections. 
Toward that goal, CBA will begin the process of updating the CBA 2015 Survey by reaching out to all biodiesel producer members, in and out of state, and requesting production and sales projections through 2030.
As part of CBA's leadership and commitment to supporting all low carbon biofuels, Russ has proposed encouraging each biofuels industry to do the same over the next several months.
This is especially important because the state is projecting that hydrogen and electric will provide a predominant amount of GHG reductions, which will drive their policies.

CBA is supporting the comments of the National Biodiesel Board and will coordinate with their efforts on this issue.  
The Biofuel Supply Module and Land-Use White Paper are posted here:
Comments received by ARB on this workshop's presentations are posted here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm2/bccommlog.php?listname=scoplan2030trnspt-ws .

(Biodiesel Magazine)
Biodiesel Tax Credit Positioning Intensifies as Expiration Nears
By Ron Kotrba
September 23, 2016

With a contentious presidential election and the end of another legislative year looming, stakeholders are stepping up measures and urging Congress to renew or reform key tax incentives. The U.S. biodiesel industry, through its trade association the National Biodiesel Board, joined a broad coalition of 50-plus industry groups calling for action on tax extenders this year by sending a letter to leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Like many other tax provisions, the $1 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders credit is once again set to expire Dec. 31.  

"It is incredibly disruptive to have this looming expiration hanging over the industry year after year," said Anne Steckel, the vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board. "If Congress doesn't act soon, it would mark the fifth time in eight years that Congress has allowed the biodiesel incentive to expire while at the same time tax breaks for oil and gas production are written permanently in the tax code. We could be seeing tremendous growth and hiring in this industry but instead biodiesel producers will be sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what happens. So it's time for Congress to come together and pass an extenders package before these incentives expire at the end of the year."  
In mid-September, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, introduced legislation to extend the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit through 2018. The bill was introduced Sept. 12 and to date has no other cosponsors.  

"After having the benefit of this week's meetings, it is clear that the best chance for our industry to continue to have tax credit support at the federal level is for all of us to unite behind the existing blenders credit," said Advanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams. "Given the shortness of the year and the importance of certainty for the overall biodiesel industry, we simply owe it to all our members to give them the best opportunity to continue to have a tax credit in 2017 and 2018."  

While organizations such as the Advanced Biofuels Association are strongly in favor of Black's bill to extend the blenders tax credit as is, the domestic biodiesel industry and its trade association the National Biodiesel Board adamantly argue reform is needed to stop the influx of taxpayer-subsidized imports, which totaled 670 million gallons last year, and whose volumes could be even greater this year.  

In May, legislation was introduced by Reps. Kristi Noem, R-South Dakota, and Bill Pascrell, D-New Jersey, to extend the biodiesel tax incentive through 2019 and reform it as a domestic production credit, thereby eliminating imported biodiesel and renewable diesel from being eligible for the $1 per gallon incentive. Two months later, in July, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, and 12 additional cosponsors, introduced an identical bill in the Senate.  

"We certainly appreciate Rep. Black's support for extending this incentive," said Ben Evans, the director of public affairs for the National Biodiesel Board, "but the U.S. biodiesel industry is united behind reforming the incentive as proposed earlier this year. The National Biodiesel Board strongly supports S. 3188 introduced by Sens. Grassley and Cantwell and H.R. 5240 introduced by Reps. Noem and Pascrell."
Read the original article in Biodiesel Magazine here.

(Special Article by NBB: CBA Gold Partner Sponsor)
NBB Continues to Drive Down the Carbon Score for Biodiesel

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By  Don Scott, Director of Sustainability

More is less. You may have seen  this slogan from our advanced biofuel campaign, and there is no better example of this than biodiesel's benefit in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The more biodiesel we use, the fewer GHG's we emit. The corollary follows that the more GHG's we seek to reduce through policies like the Renewable Fuel Standard and state Low Carbon Fuel Standards, then the more biodiesel people will use. Biodiesel owes its current role in these policies to its superior carbon reduction score compared to fossil fuels. The potential exists to further improve biodiesel's carbon score and better position biodiesel for growing markets for low carbon fuels.
Argonne National Laboratory, Purdue University, and USDA are jointly working to publish an updated lifecycle analysis for biodiesel. All three institutions were represented at a sustainability workshop last week hosted by the National Biodiesel Foundation. At that workshop, Purdue presented their latest modeling of indirect land use change that would decrease the ILUC penalty for soy biodiesel to 8.3 g/MJ. This is much lower than the 29.1 g/MJ currently assigned by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and significantly lower than the penalties of 45 g/MJ and 62 g/MJ assigned by USEPA and CARB, respectively in 2009. These penalties, while being spurious in validity, are significant in magnitude when it comes to holding back the market potential for biodiesel. Even though these penalties apply to approximately half of the biodiesel produced in the US, the shadow of ILUC holds back policy growth for the entire industry.
Argonne, Purdue, and USDA do not hold ultimate authority when it comes to implementing biofuels policies. However, collectively, they seek to be the authority when it comes to scientific evaluation of fuel alternatives through lifecycle analysis. To ensure that their next publication is beyond reproach, they intend to update every aspect of the data that goes into proper lifecycle analysis. Argonne has recently received updated lifecycle inventory data from the United Soybean Board and the National Oilseed Processors Association. Argonne has requested a similar update from the National Biodiesel Board. Many NBB members have already responded to the request from Don Scott for data describing biodiesel production efficiencies, and we thank them for their submissions. Data received so far represents 45% of the domestic biodiesel production. In order to validate this new data, Argonne has asked NBB to achieve a minimum of 60% return on these surveys. Any remaining surveys can be sent to Don Scott at dscott@biodiesel.org.
Biodiesel is America's first Advanced Biofuel, and while we can hope that the future holds more alternatives that mimic biodiesel's advantages, the leader will be hard to catch as longs as we keep moving forward.

(Special Article by EcoEngineers: CBA Silver Partner Sponsor)
What's Around the Corner for the LCFS Program? 
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By John Sens, LCFS Program Manager
September 27, 2016
This year saw a number of important developments for the LCFS program, including the implementation of the re-adopted LCFS regulation in January. The recent signing of SB 32 and AB 197, which extended California's GHG reduction goals to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, safeguarded California's overarching climate reduction goals and left the LCFS unscathed. This was a relief to many who were concerned that the LCFS might be jeopardized during the intense legislative negotiations. 
Looking to 2017, a number of important developments are in the works that have the potential to impact all participants in the LCFS program and related businesses. Below are key items to watch as we move into the next year:
The Finalization of the Mandatory Verification Program
  • The mandatory verification program proposed by CARB is currently in its final stages of development and is anticipated to be finalized in 2017 and go into effect in 2018. 
Other Regulatory Changes, including Revised Pathway Application Requirements
  • Along with the verification program, there are a number of proposed changes to the regulation, some large and some minor, that may have an impact on producers applying for a new Tier 1 or Tier 2 pathway. Unique ID numbers for LCFS credits may be a part of the implemented changes though it is unknown whether these identifiers will be available to all market participants.
LCFS Legacy Pathways are Expiring
  • Legacy pathways that were not recertified will officially expire on 12.31.2016, leaving only recertified pathways and new Tier 1 or Tier 2 applications that have been approved in 2016. This could have an impact on the availability of low CI fuels in CA as some producers may have waited to apply for a new LCFS pathway and be stuck without a viable pathway
Annual Compliance Curve Marches Downward
  • The annual compliance curve will reduce in 2017 in accordance with the reduction schedule set by CARB. As a result, more CI credits will be required to meet the reduction goals, which will drive the ever growing demand for low CI fuel in California.
Be Prepared
It is important to ensure that you are prepared to meet these changes head on and have the help you need to navigate the upcoming changes to the LCFS program and its implementation.
EcoEngineers offers many LCFS support services, and can assist with Tier 1 pathway applications, Tier 2 pathway applications, Temporary pathway applications, CA GREET 2.0 Lifecycle Analysis Modelling, AFP Registration, and other consulting services to match your business' needs.
For more information about the LCFS services offered by EcoEngineers, please contact John Sens, LCFS Program Manager at  jsens@ecoengineers.us  or 515.985.1267

(Downtown Express) 
Tribute in Light Still Burning Bright

As night fell on Sunday, the annual Tribute in Light blazed to life in Lower Manhattan to memorialize the 2,983 people who were killed in the 9/11 attacks fifteen years ago.

Downtown Express sent photographer Milo Hess to the roof of the 8-story Battery Parking Garage at 70 Greenwich St. where the lights are set up to get an inside look at the display.

The twin shafts of light are formed by 88 xenon spotlights laid out in two 48-foot-wide squares to resemble the positions of the Twin Towers, just a few blocks south of the World Trade Center site.

With each spotlight burning at 7,000 watts, the combined 616,000-watt twin beams are the most powerful light ever projected from Earth, and are visible from up to 60 miles away as brilliant blue shafts reach four miles into the sky.

The power for the lights comes from generators fueled, since 2008, with biodiesel made from local restaurants' used cooking oil, provided by Bronx-based Tri-State Biodiesel.

The original display was lit on March 11, 2002, marking six months since the 9/11 attacks, and since 2003, it has returned annually on Sept. 11.

Though originally organized by the Municipal Arts Society, the display is now handled by the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Annual funding for the Tribute in Light, which costs $350,000 to put on, is generally ad hoc, and past years' displays have repeatedly been predicted to be the last. Earlier this year, however, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation allocated a $700,000 grant to the memorial to fund the tribute through 2017.


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(HARD WORKING TRUCKS): Environmental Journalists Conference Upholds Trucks for Emissions Progress
Posted September 23, 2016 by Tom Quimby

Chevrolet, Freightliner, Nissan, Volvo and Western Star were among the manufacturers heralded for their trucks' low emissions technology this week at the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) 26th Annual Conference in Sacramento, Calif.

Several hundred SEJ reporters and policy makers got a close-up look at trucks, equipment and displays geared towards offering a glimpse into the future of near-zero emissions.

"The title of this year's SEJ conference in California is 'Land of Extremes: Home of Big Ideas' and our exhibit is a prime example of California's influence on environmental improvements in transportation and off-road equipment," said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

"Together with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, national environmental and health organizations, and the diesel manufacturers, important environmental improvements in diesel equipment and fuels have emerged over the past 15 years."

Schaeffer was quick to point out the accomplishments of clean diesel technology.

"Our new clean diesel heavy-duty trucks have reduced NOx and particulate matter emissions by more than 95 percent," he said. "We have reduced the sulfur content in diesel fuel by 97 percent. The new Tier 4 agricultural and construction equipment have reduced emissions by over 90 percent. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are the bright future of cleaner fuels and immediately provide significant emission reductions in all diesel equipment.
( Tesoro): Tesoro to Acquire Renewable Technology Company  

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, September 6, 2016 - 
Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO) has agreed to acquire Virent, Inc. ("Virent"), an innovative renewable fuels and chemicals company, to support Virent's success in bringing biofuels technology to commercial scale.

Tesoro's renewable fuels strategy is to foster the development of high-quality, lower-carbon, renewable feedstocks and blendstocks that can either be co-processed in existing refineries or blended seamlessly with traditional fuels. Tesoro believes it is important to commercialize new technologies that meet stakeholder expectations and regulatory requirements by producing renewable fuels that do not compromise product quality. By generating valuable credits, this approach may also lower Tesoro's compliance costs with the federal renewable fuel standard and California's low carbon fuel standard.

Virent's BioForming® technology can convert sugars and other biomass derived feedstocks into renewable gasoline blendstocks and aromatics, which are fully compatible with the nation's existing fuel infrastructure and current vehicle warranties. Virent's aromatics product can also be used for renewable chemicals, most notably para-xylene, a key component in polyester.

"With this acquisition, Tesoro intends to foster more rapid commercialization of Virent's renewables technology, which could uniquely position the Company with an improved means of future regulatory compliance, as well as potential licensing opportunities," says CJ Warner, Executive Vice President of Operations at Tesoro. "Tesoro plans to provide resources and expertise to support the scale-up and commercialization of the technology while maintaining Virent's innovative culture and business that are key to its success."

Tesoro will operate Virent as a wholly owned subsidiary which will be located in Madison, Wisconsin. Included in the acquisition are existing collaboration agreements, all licenses, a significant intellectual property portfolio and pilot and demonstration facilities. Tesoro plans to continue and cultivate Virent's existing business partnerships and relationships in order to support its mission. The transaction is expected to close by the end of September.



See the article above and our Members Only page for the latest update on our efforts on behalf of funding for instate biofuels. 

CBA will participate in and submit comments for ARB's October 20th meeting on the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation   and Fuels Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program. That meeting will be held at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District office in Fresno. Find details here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/fundplan/fundplan.htm.


Second quarter reports are due September 30th. See our Members Only page for more details.

The ADF regulation, which became effective January 1, 2016, includes reporting and recordkeeping requirements applicable to entities in the biodiesel industry. Biodiesel producers, importers and blenders must submit quarterly reports. 
Biodiesel producers, importers and blenders are required to report and keep records concerning biodiesel production, sales, and blending. Biodiesel distributors and retailers are only required to keep records. 
Find the new FAQ and Reporting Forms at:
The presentation for the ARB
May 23rd, 2016 public workshop,
which has detailed diagrams, is here: 
NOTE: Most in-state biodiesel fuel businesses are required to register under the Air Resources Board's Motor Vehicle Fuel Distributor program (MVDP). See the article on our Members Only  page.

Mandatory Verification Rulemaking: 
The schedule for the LCFS verification rulemaking is being delayed. ARB staff has stated that
after reviewing feedback from the last verification workshop, they believe they should take more time with the issue to be sure they understand all stakeholder perspectives. The next workshop will likely take place in late October, and a notice is due very soon. See our Members Only page for background on this rulemaking to date. 

LCFS meetings page: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/lcfs_meetings.htm#06022016

CBA continues its participation on the CEC's ARFVTP Advisory Committee, including in upcoming meetings to provide input into the development of the 2017-18 Investment Plan Update. 
Program info is available here:  http://www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels/.
NOTE: Additional funding in the Governor's budget proposal for 2016-2017 in biofuel program grants under the CEC's ARFVTP was not approved by the legislature this year. See the article above entitled "Senator Pavley Recognizes Biofuels at Historic SB 32 Bill Signing Ceremony." 


There is no update this month. See the Members Only webpage for background and information on compliance issues. 

There is no update this month. See the Members Only webpage for background and information on compliance issues.   


Please contact the Washington office of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) at  202-737-8801  for questions on federal policy issues. Click on the NBB  Fueling Action  logo for detailed information.  
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Federal Tax Incentive

CBA worked with NBB to reach out to our members of Congress on this issue. See our note of thanks to members in the Greeting section and the article above "Biodiesel Tax Credit Positioning Intensifies as Expiration Nears." Also, don't miss this op-ed by former Rep. Kenny Hulshof on the need to reform the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic production credit.

Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)

The NBB continues engagement with Obama Administration staff, including bringing biodiesel industry economic consultants and experts to meet with the US EPA and USDA this month to discuss NBB's comments on the most recent RFS proposal for 2017 Advanced biofuel volumes and 2018 biomass-based volumes. Here's a very recent op-ed in The Hill by Anne Steckel, NBB's VP of Federal Affairs.
EU Tariff Issues
The General Court of the EU ruled to annul anti-dumping duties on Indonesia and Argentina biodiesel exporters. Read the recent Biodiesel Magazine article on this issue by Ron Kotrba for more information.


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Evonik is one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies. The central elements of our strategy for sustained value creation are profitable growth, efficiency and values. Around 80 percent of sales come from market-leading positions, which we are systematically expanding.

We concentrate on high-growth megatrends, especially health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Our focus is on long-term cooperation to successfully assist our customers in their efforts to add value in their respective markets. The Functional Solutions Business Line is the global market leader in the production and distribution of alkoxides, used in the transesterification of various feedstocks to produce biodiesel.

Thank you for your membership in CBA and for your time and effort on behalf of our industry. I look forward to continuing to work with you.

Celia DuBose
Executive Director
California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA)