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February 2014     

In This Issue
CARB and CEC Ask US EPA for Higher 2014 RFS Volumes
CBA's 2014 Conference Packs a Policy Punch: Harmonizes with Co-located National Biodiesel Conference
Targray to Market Biodiesel from Bakersfield
CBA WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS: CALSTART, the National Biodiesel Board, the Jacobsen, Targray
Join Us for the Second Annual Clean, Low-Carbon Fuel Summit: CBA Supports Summit as an Early Sponsor
CBA Invites you to the Navigating the American Carbon World Conference



In this first issue after a successful third annual conference, CBA is very pleased to begin by welcoming CALSTART, the National Biodiesel Board, the Jacobsen, and Targray as new Bronze business level members.


A joint letter of public comment from CARB and CEC was mentioned at the conference as a possibility, and we are happy to lead with an article that includes excerpts from it. The article on our third annual conference in San Diego organizes the issues discussed at the conference by category so that readers can easily find information of particular interest. Important events and industry member news follows.


The policy updates section has lots of substance on state and federal issues, including public meeting dates, public comment deadlines, and important developments since information was presented at the conference, so don't miss it!



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CARB and CEC Ask US EPA for Higher 2014 RFS Volumes

Argue that Proposed Reductions Could Harm State's Low Carbon Goals


On January 28th, the last day for pubic comment, the US EPA received a very important letter signed by the executive officers of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC). The joint letter opposed the EPA's proposal to keep 2014 RFS volume requirements at current levels, which would constitute effective reductions given the biodiesel industry's continued robust growth. It recommended that EPA raise the requirement for biomass-based diesel to 1.7 billion gallons per year and the advanced biofuels requirement to 2.75 billion gallons per year.

The letter detailed concerns that the reductions would negatively affect the economics of over 25 advanced biofuel projects that are currently receiving $100 million from the state government and the success of projects expected to reach a total of 516,000,000 gallons per year of biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels in California by the year 2020.


"Should this portfolio of advanced, low carbon biofuels projects begin to falter due to the proposed reductions, it could impede the state of California's efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020, as envisioned in the global warming solutions act and low carbon fuel standard," the letter stated.


Expressing concern about "the potential adverse impact to the financial integrity of California's biofuel industry," it went on to say that the $420 million invested by CEC in low carbon projects, which leverages $170 million in private investments, were financed with the expectation of historically strong RIN prices and will need the support of sustained robust RIN markets to continue attracting private investment for future expansion, according to surveys with grantees and stakeholders.


California's biodiesel industry, which has participated in the intensive national efforts to request higher 2014 RFS volumes for biodiesel by sending its own comment letter and getting calls and emails in to the EPA and the California congressional delegation and making numerous trips to meet with key players in DC, was pleased to see this strong joint show of support from two key state agencies. We were gratified as well to see that Senator Feinstein signed a Senate letter in support of higher volumes and that Senator Boxer, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which oversees the EPA, held a hearing that included pro-biodiesel comments.


We know that the EPA has gotten our industry's messages -- all 6,300 of them. EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, told a gathering of more than 100 people at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture's conference in Virginia that her agency is listening and taking into account concerns that the proposed volumes could hurt the biofuels industry at this early stage in its development, according to Talia Buford of Politico Pro Energy on Feb 4th.    


The final decision will be made in June, and it's not too late to make your voice heard. Op ed pieces and letters to the editor in your local paper are especially encouraged. For more details and talking points, visit:




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CBA'S 2014 Conference Packs a Policy Punch
Harmonizes with Co-located National Biodiesel Conference   



Chairman Curtis Wright, in his State of the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) Union, set the tone for the third annual California Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Conference, held on January 20th in San Diego, by talking about our state's biodiesel industry in the context of the "Strong" theme of the co-located National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. He highlighted our industry's strong record of achievement with state agencies; our strong growth in the last two years with a record 30 million gallons of instate biodiesel production and three times that amount being blended here; new plants and expansions under way; and CBA's strong growth from a handful of companies a few years ago to over fifty members now.


But he also used the word strong to describe the qualities our industry must have to face a market in turmoil and the challenges ahead, especially on federal issues. In doing so, he set the stage for keynote speaker RADM Len Hering Sr., USN (ret), Executive Director, California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), who inspired the group with a powerful speech on his history as a sustainability pioneer and called on everyone to work to meet the urgent environmental challenges of our time. A key follow-up was provided by National Biodiesel Board (NBB) staff, Joe Jobe, CEO, and Anne Steckel, Vice President of Federal Affairs, who spoke about oil industry challenges and the details of our efforts to bring a strong challenge to EPA's proposal not to raise 2014 RFS RVO volumes as well as the industry's commitment to renewing the federal tax incentive.


California Feedstock Panels


The first panel on Feedstock Development in California began with Stephen Kaffka, Director, California Biomass Collaborative, UC Davis. The state's leading expert on the potential of purpose grown energy crops talked about our 85 canola and 61 camelina varieties; options for growing oil seed crops between the tree rows of the state's vast orchard farms; and the possibility for castor's salt-tolerant quality to provide real advantages for western San Joaquin Valley farmers. His expertise is aided by the use of a crop rotation optimization model, the Biomass Crop Adoption Model, which estimates prices needed for crop displacement and new crops and generates data for both Land Use Change (LCA) and Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC).


Speaking about his field trials in the western San Joaquin Valley, Gary Banuelos, Plant/Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, and adjunct professor, CSU Fresno, presented his research on the salt, boron, and selenium tolerance of drought resistant oil feedstock plants grown in poor soils with minimum quality water. His studies show that careful rotation of oil crops -- mustard, sunflower, safflower, and canola -- can provide an alternative, viable, and sustainable system on otherwise unproductive soils, which can cause stress to crops and are prevalent in the state. He added that it's key to

first find the right farmer whom others will follow. And that we need rain!  


Citing huge results in algae R & D since 2009, including doubling yields and increasing lipid content, Stephen Mayfield, Director, San Diego Center for Algae, Biotechnology, UC San Diego and co-founder of Sapphire Energy, strongly stressed the need for patience from venture capitalists and especially for political leaders that understands the time frame needed for market viability. He said that algae is one-third of the way to the $1billion over 10 years needed to achieve the economies of scale that can produce the right energy return on energy investment.


Andre Basbaum, Director, Global Corporate Development, SG Biofuels, talked about his company's success in reversing Jatropha's bad reputation. Using the latest high tech methods to speed up the production of hybrids, SG has been able to develop 2,000 varieties and to produce astonishingly high yields in India, Brazil, and Guatemala. He strongly seconded the motion about the need for funders to take a long view.


Speaking from a national perspective and from his experience as a farmer, J. Alan Weber, Founding Partner, MARC-IV Consulting, talked about how diverse the world of biodiesel feedstocks is now that UCO, animal fat, and corn oil account for 50 percent of it. Emphasizing that state and federal governments and industry must help with the funding needed to develop new and alternative crops, he cited the extreme difficulty that farmers face securing bank loans and pointed out the critical prerequisites of risk mitigation and crop protection.

With a focus on grease theft, the second feedstock panel of the day began with two videos of grease thieves caught in the act by
Imperial Western Products and a presentation by the company's Asset Protection Manager, David Isen. He said that in a high market, losses from theft are as high as up to 40 to 50 percent, and detailed the types of grease theft and the various ways it is committed. He called for a very proactive approach to combating and tracking theft including reporting it to local law enforcement; pursuing monetary compensation through legal channels; and using a range of tools from GPS devices to the California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Inedible Kitchen Grease (IKG) Crime Reporter. Citing the importance of increased communication between licensed companies, he said that Dan Stonesifer has given his approval to create a Los Angeles chapter of his San Diego Fats, Oils, and Grease Haulers Association (SDFOGHA).


Paul Roos, Special Investigator, Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety, CDFA, detailed the IKG law, overseen by his agency, which requires that at each location renderers and collection centers maintain prominently displayed valid licenses and that renderers/collection centers maintain the "receiver" portion of manifest. It also specifies that vehicles transporting IKG have to be registered with CDFA and display the decal for the current year and maintain manifests to be produced on demand to CDFA or law enforcement. 


The importance of educating local law enforcement about grease thefts and their economic impact on local business was discussed by D.O. "Spike" Helmick, Jr., California Highway Patrol, Commissioner (ret). He also presented details of draft legislation to enhance the IKG law and significantly increase penalties for noncompliance.


The panel ended with an exuberant and very technical bang with a presentation by engineers Christina Borgese and Marc Privitera of PreProcess Inc. They took turns speaking about a range of issues with a focus on feedstock characterization and processing for various free fatty acid content levels, including 100% (supercritical).


California Regulatory Panels  


Jim Aguila, Manager, Substance Evaluation Section, CARB, discussed the regulatory process that has been underway that will make biodiesel the first Alternative Diesel Fuel (ADF) in the state.  He explained that based on CARB's studies, which showed NOx increases relative to CARB diesel beginning at a 10 percent blend, the ADF proposal would allow any blend of biodiesel to be sold and then would monitor NOx levels in aggregate, and require mitigation only when a certain significant threshold is met. The significance threshold is an effective blend level of 10% determined by a formula that accounts for increasing amounts of NOx-neutral or NOx-lowering elements -- including B5, renewable diesel, and animal biodiesel -- coming into the market. Given these realities, as well as fleet turnover rules requiring the NOx-eliminating new technology diesel engines, the expectation was that the significance threshold would most likely not be met. However, prior to the board hearing for adoption in December of 2013, stakeholder concerns for more strict regulations due to regional issues surfaced, and a February 13th workshop to discuss them was announced (see update in ADF policy blurb below).


The success story of LCFS, which has seen over-compliance since its inception with participants generating more credits than deficits each quarter, was detailed by Mike Waugh, Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch, CARB. He reported that there have been 200 LCFS transactions through the end of 2013 with prices from $0-$84 and trade volumes from 3-91K. The program is contributing to success in other areas through the Pacific Coast Action Plan, which includes Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, where they are using the same reporting tool software. Talking about CARB's success in various court cases, he said that in the POET lawsuit, the ruling that they incorrectly adopted CEQA applies to all their work in the last thirty years, not just with LCFS, and added that CARB has answers and "we will fix this." He said that part of a legal "cure" is to adopt the ADF law. Regarding enforcement, Waugh said that the agency will increase its LCFS enforcement profile. A team is already poring over 2011 and 2012 reports to reconcile volumes and obligations and letters will go out to the handful of noncompliant companies so they can address the issues. The details of the upcoming workshops on updates to the LCFS regulation and to ILUC, which he referenced, are in the Policy Update section below.


Neste Oil, with operations based in Finland, Singapore, and Rotterdam, is the largest renewable diesel (RD) producer in the world and sold 100 million gallons in California in 2013, according to Dayne Delahoussaye, the company's Legal Counsel & Regulatory Affairs Manager (USA & Canada). He said that now with LCFS, Neste faces an even more complicated array of global standards and incentives affecting their production (Europe adopted low carbon fuels earlier than US), which uses 10 different feedstocks. He said that it's become more difficult to plan for the long-term as they work to figure out which compliance strategies are best.


Tim Olson, Office Manager, Transportation Energy Office, California Energy Commission (CEC), presented data from the Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR), a comprehensive report done by CEC every two years that looks at the state's energy picture broadly. Providing important context for the fact that demand for gasoline is down but diesel demand is growing at a rate of 1-2 percent a year, he focused on California's transportation energy initiatives. Importantly, he said that the state would meet its LCFS goals for 2020, something that just two years ago, it would not have been possible to say. According to CEC's estimates, 27 million gallons of biodiesel consumed in the state last year were produced from UCO, tallow, and corn oil, and the same feedstocks are projected to be used to produce 88 million gallons by 2015; 150 million gallons by 2017; and 188 million gallons by 2020 (based on surveys with producers looking at the potential of incentivizing scenarios). To create the alternative fuel industry needed to meet the long-term demands of the state's overall low carbon goals, he talked about the need for something like a Financing Syndicate that would employ a broad range of government sources and mechanisms beyond grants and low carbon credits, possibly including bonds, loan guarantees, various and pension funds.


An overview of the CEC's, AB 118 Alternative & Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology Funding Program (ARFVTP) was presented by Commissioner Janea A. Scott. The program, which invests up to $100 million annually, has put $420 million in over 250 projects, with biodiesel receiving roughly one-third of the $127 million put into biofuels since the program began in 2009. The program's biodiesel investments include five commercial projects totaling $19 million and nine projects totaling $16.9 million in research on conversion and feedstocks, including waste greases and oils, wastewater treatment plant residues and algae. See the CEC policy blurb below for current details.


California Infrastructure Panel 


Propel Fuels' Regional Operations Manager-South, Jorge Parra, talked about their experience with 40 retail stations in the state selling E85 and B20, citing successes with vehicles (OEM approvals and biodiesel performance); fuel quality and affordability; state grant funding; and the incentivizing effect of LCFS, which has contributed to their rapid growth. He said that with fewer than 50 alt fuels stations in the state (10K total), access is still challenging and mentioned a natural resistance to change among fleets, including a disconnect between federal EPAct requirements and actual fleet fueling habits.


Doug Meyers, Director, Business Development, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, gave an overview of his company's biodiesel blending program at Colton, Fresno, and San Jose (coming in 2014). This program provides their customers with blending of biodiesel into KM pipeline-delivered diesel fuel and has provided a significant new opportunity for their customers (who enjoy the good value of getting the RINs and the LCFS credits by blending) and for California's biodiesel industry in the last year and a half. He talked about KM's 2014 Biodiesel Blending Infrastructure Projects saying that they will spend $3.5 to $6 million on: terminal infrastructure upgrades; modifications to truck rack for B100 offloading and to existing storage tank(s) for B100 storage (recirculation, heating, insulation); and the fabrication/installation of biodiesel injection systems.


The job of the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) to enforce minimum fuel performance and drivability standards and regulate fuel advertising and labeling, was presented by Allan Morrison, Senior Environmental Scientist, Fuels and Lubricant Laboratory. He explained that because motor vehicle fuels must have a quality standard developed by an ANSI approved consensus organization, which for liquid fuels is ASTM, their agency provides a Developmental Engine Fuel Variance for new fuels for the purpose or developing such a standard. Because B100 is a blendstock, not a finished fuel under ASTM, biodiesel blends greater than 20 percent are sold under this variance and the data collected is used by DMS toward that end. He presented samples of the labeling for biodiesel and biodiesel blends, which must meet the requirements of the Federal Trade Commission by including the name of the product and grade designation on all dispensers, advertising signs, and storage tank labels.


The very important details of the new permanent UST law that took effect in June of 2012 and the status of leak detection equipment approvals for biodiesel were explained by Laura Fisher, Chief, UST Technical Unit, State Water Resources Control Board, and can be found in the UST policy blurb below. She detailed her agency's cooperation with Propel Fuels in expediting the expansion of their retail fueling infrastructure. Pointing to future effort affecting her agency's work, she let the group know that NBB has proposed to work with the National Leak Detection Workgroup on listing or testing equipment with blends B21-B99 and to work with UL on testing and/or listing of biodiesel blends above B20.


LCFS and California in the Spotlight at the National Biodiesel Conference


Philip Sheehy, Technical Specialist, ICF International, presented the results of the first phase of a year-long study of LCFS, which was commissioned by a multi-stakeholder group, at both conferences. The study developed three scenarios and considered a full range of costs, behaviors (technological change and adaptation), and co-benefits out to 2020. The study found that biodiesel is one of the best opportunities towards LCFS compliance and renewable diesel also has a significant opportunity. Sheehy also presented results on the positive externalities including: 

  • GHG emissions as the social cost of carbon (SCC), an estimate of the cost of an additional ton of CO2 equivalent emissions, at $13-$68 per ton.
  • The economic value of avoided emissions in the form of health and environmental benefits: PM 2.5: $1.5M/ton, VOC: $1K/ton, and NOx: $5K/ton.
  • The estimated energy security benefits of reduced US oil imports at $10-25/barrel.

In other important news from the national conference, CARB's Executive Officer, Richard Corey, was given the The Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award with the NBB recognizing that "... California continues to serve as a national and world leader in regulations related to environmental sustainability, and the California Air Resources Board is at the heart of those efforts." In that context, the agency was praised for its implementation of LCFS, a market-oriented, carbon-reducing transportation fuels policy responsible for "cleaner air, growth in green jobs, and increased fuel diversity."


A panel moderated by Andy Christman of New Leaf Biofuels featured fleets in the San Diego area using biodiesel. Read about that and more in a Render Magazine article.  


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Danielle Anderson, New Leaf Biofuels, in CBA's booth at NBB Expo Hall



CBA would like to thank our co-presenter, National Biodiesel Board, and our sponsors, Eco-Energy, EcoEngineers, Genscape, the Jacobsen, Argus Media, Biodico, and REG, for their generous support.  


NOTE: Conference presentations are available for download on the About page of CBA's website (scroll down).  

Targray to Market Biodiesel from Bakersfield Terminal 
Biofuels leader expands to meet growing distribution needs



Bakersfield, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/20/2014 -- Targray, a leader in North American biodiesel supply, is pleased to announce a new inventory location for biodiesel in Bakersfield, CA. Service for B99 and B100 began in mid February 2014. Targray will supply biodiesel to its growing customer base in California using the terminal's 24/7 truck rack.


 "Targray has been a major supplier of biodiesel by railcar to the California market. We are pleased to take it a step further by providing our customers with this strategic California inventory location, able to serve both the North and the South," said Andrew Richardson, President of Targray.  


"We have several active customers in California," states Dan Murray, Targray Vice President. "We are now reaching out to them to make them aware that they can pick up full truckloads or even splash blend with us now in Bakersfield," concludes Murray. 

Targray inventory will be in place mid-February, 2014.  


For more information regarding Targray's recent expansion and participation in the biofuels industry, please visit http://www.targray.com/.


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CAP AND TRADE AUCTION PROCEEDS: The Governor's 2014-15 budget proposes that $850 million be allocated from Cap and Trade auction proceeds to a range of programs targeted at sustainable communities, energy efficiency, and clean transportation, but none to biofuels production or infrastructure. Referring to the California Energy Commission's (CEC) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program, the Legislative Analyst's Office, in its 2014-15 Budget: Cap-and-Trade Auction Revenue Expenditure Plan stated that .."in order to encourage further development of these fuels and technologies, the Legislature could consider providing additional funding for these types of investments." CBA plans to work with the biofuels industry to pursue this and other options for securing funds from auction proceeds. For more information: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/auctionproceeds.htm. 

On February 13th, the biodiesel industry continued its long-standing engagement with CARB staff on the Alternative Diesel Fuel (ADF) rulemaking for biodiesel by participating in a public meeting in Sacramento to discuss what was the agency's latest proposal, designed to respond to recent stakeholder concerns about the current proposal (see conference article above). The concept for regulating ADFs in the state's two extreme non-attainment regions for NOx was considered unworkable by meeting participants. As a result, CARB is working with stakeholders to resolve a range of concerns and next steps have yet to be determined. The biodiesel industry's positive relationship with CARB has been noted in public statements by CARB staff as has their belief that increasing biodiesel volumes are necessary for the success of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. NBB and CBA are very actively working to provide feedback to the agency on this critically important issue. For more information: http://arb.ca.gov/fuels/diesel/altdiesel/biodiesel.htm. 


PUBLIC WORKSHOPS ON LCFS CHANGES: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold two public workshops regarding the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) on March 11. In the first workshop, CARB staff will discuss general updates to the LCFS regulation; in the second, staff will discuss updates to the indirect land use change (ILUC) values. CARB staff will present information about proposed revisions to LCFS, as well as a tentative schedule about when those revisions will be released. For ILUC in particular, CARB will discuss a proposal to update values for a wide variety of feedstocks, including corn, sugarcane and soy, as well as new values for canola and palm oil for biodiesel and sorghum for ethanol.

Prior to the workshop, CARB will publish an "LCFS Concept Paper," which will include updates on the program that will be addressed during the workshop. Both workshops will be at CARB's headquarters in Sacramento. The LCFS workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and the ILUC workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/lcfs_meetings.htm.

LCFS PATHWAYS: CARB has posted two LCFS Method 2 biodiesel pathways applications for public comment by March 2nd. Methes Energies Canada applied for a UCO and a corn oil (Dry DGS) pathway. Also, of note is that Neste Oil applied for a renewable diesel pathway for tallow from New Zealand. Details are available here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/2a2b/2a-2b-com.htm.

LEGAL ISSUES: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) attorney Tim O'Connor, speaking at the NBB conference on January 22nd, announced that the Ninth Circuit Court had denied a rehearing en banc (before all the judges of the court) to the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, whose unsuccessful challenge to the constitutionality of California's LCFS was heard by a three-judge panel. Regarding a possible petition to the Supreme Court, he said that while a petition for writ of certiorari was expected to be filed, the rarity of the Supreme Court granting any petition for review meant it was not likely to be granted in this case. He also said the case is likely to be reheard in the lower District court on other matters.

No policy update this month.


PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY NOTICE (PON): On January 15th, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced $24 million in grants for pilot and commercial-scale advanced biofuels production facilities for new, low-carbon biofuel production facilities, projects at existing biofuel production facilities that expand or modify facilities to increase production capacity or projects that lower the carbon intensity of fuels produced at existing biorefineries. More information on the solicitation, which allocates $9 million each for biomass diesel and ethanol and $6 million for biomethane can be found here: http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/#current. Interested parties are encouraged to subscribe to the CEC's Alt Fuels Listserv on that page to stay informed of upcoming solicitations.  


INVESTMENT PLAN: At the February 10th public meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVT Program), Advisory Committee member Joe Gershen presented CBA's public comments on the program's 2014-2015 Investment Plan. He continued the call for metric-based decision making, which is being increasingly echoed by other Advisory Committee members. The draft calls for $20 million for the pooled categories Biomethane Production, Gasoline Substitutes Production, and Diesel Substitutes Production. CBA has asked for those categories to be separated. Relevant documents can be found here: http://www.energy.ca.gov/2012-ALT-2/.


The new permanent UST law that took effect in June of 2012 was discussed at CBA's January 20th conference by Laura S. Fisher, Chief, UST Technical Unit, State Water Resources Control Board. She explained that when UL does not include a specific approval for a substance to be stored, the owner or operator may submit an affirmative statement of compatibility from the manufacturer. Detailing that the new regulation applies only to double-walled components with an existing UL listing for petroleum and that statements may only come from the manufacturer of the component (and that If there are later conflicting statements, UL prevails), she clarified that the Water Board gathers these statements, reviews them, then posts them on their website (CBA did this prior to the new law).   


The agency also posts Leak Detection Equipment information for diesel, all of which is approved for B6 through B20 meeting ASTMD7467 and biodiesel B100 meeting ASTM D6751 whether or not these alternative fuels are included on individual data sheet (check their website for the few exceptions). She also let the group know that NBB has proposed working with the National Leak Detection Workgroup on listing or testing equipment with blends B21 - B99 and to work with UL on testing and/or listing of biodiesel blends above B20.


The new Affirmative Statement of Compatibility by Manufacturer forms can be found at the Water Board website: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/ust/alt_comp_opt/soc.shtml.


NOTE: The Water Board webpage is constantly being updated as new and revised forms come in, but revised forms are not labeled as such. Also, please be advised that your CUPA may require engineering approvals for non-integral secondary containment (sumps and UDCs).    



There is no policy update this month.      


RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD (RFS): See lead article above. 
TAX INCENTIVE: Senators Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced S. 2021 to extend the expired biodiesel tax incentive for three years, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014 and to change it from a blenders to a producers credit. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is also a co-sponsorSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is enthusiastic about tax extenders legislation, the larger package of tax incentives that would most likely be the vehicle for ultimately passing the biodiesel incentive.

FARM BILL: President Obama signed the Farm Bill this month providing $1 million for the education and $75 million for the bioenergy programs, including four Energy Title Programs.  
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Join Us for the Second Annual Clean, Low-Carbon Fuel Summit  

CBA Supports Summit as an Early Sponsor 



CBA is proud to be an early sponsor of CALSTART's Second Annual Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit to take place on Wednesday, April 2nd at the Capitol Plaza Ballroom in Sacramento. 

There will be several important policy debates for our industry this year. The state is continuing to move forward with the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and transportation fuels are expected to be included in the economy-wide GHG Cap and Trade Program in 2015. State officials are also considering hundreds of millions of dollars of potential public investments in low carbon transportation. The Summit will engage in a discussion with industry leaders and policymakers on the following topics:



*       Recent market and technological developments in clean, low-carbon transportation

*       The role of state and local policies and incentives - what is working and what is not?

*       Perspectives on economic opportunities, challenges, and benefits of clean fuels

*       State investment strategies and priorities


The Summit is hosted by CALSTART in coordination with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC) and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (CNGVC). Sponsors include the California Biodiesel Alliance, the Southern California Gas Company, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Southern California Edison, and Waste Management  


This event is by invitation only and space is limited, so please contact Celia DuBose if you are interested: celia.dubose@cabiodieselalliance.org. Early registration fees (through March 7) are $40 for non-profit and $120 for corporate attendees. See the agenda here:




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California Biodiesel Alliance invites you to attend Navigating the American Carbon World 2014

Happening March 26-28 in San Francisco, California, Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2014 is the largest and most comprehensive gathering for information and discussion around climate change policy and carbon markets. Presented by the Climate Action Reserve and its program partner, the Nicholas Institute at Duke University, NACW is the must-attend event for carbon professionals and market participants.

Attend NACW to network with leading carbon professionals, gain actionable insights from leading climate policy and carbon market experts, prepare for the enforcement of California's declining emissions cap, and find the right resources for the strategic growth of your organization.

Regular registration rates end March 3

Register by Monday, March 3 to secure the regular registration rate for NACW 2014. After March 3, late rates apply. The regular rates are:

NGO, government, academic:$675
Account holder:$975

Key reasons to attend NACW 2014

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NACW consistently features expert leaders in climate solutions. Check out our 2014 speaker lineup, including Mary D. Nichols, ARB; Matt Rodriquez, CalEPA; and Peter Lehner, NRDC.

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Because NACW attracts the largest audience of carbon professionals, it is the single best event for networking. Connect with your peers and discover opportunities for collaboration at NACW 2014.

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NACW 2014 will take a close look at California's historic cap-and-trade program, other established and emerging carbon markets, potential market linkages and national climate change policies.

(NACW 2013)


Visit with NACW sponsors and exhibitors in the exhibit hall to find the right tools, resources and partnerships that will help your organization succeed in a carbon constrained economy.


Check out the NACW 2014 program:

Path 1: Market Structure
Measure Your Cadence: State of the Market Today
Group Rides: Current and Potential Future Linkages
Pedaling Forward: Market Forecast
Chainrings and Cassettes Moving Together: Other Markets
Path 2: Policy Development and Schemes
Cap that Valve: Clean Air Act (CAA) 111(d) and Federal Action
Choose the Right Frame Size: CAA 111(d) and State Responses
Riding Tandem across the Border: California-Mexico Collaboration
Touring around the World: a Look at International Programs
Long Distance Riding: the Scoping Plan and Achieving California's Goals
Path 3: Offsets and Offset Supply
All Terrain Cyclocross: Land-based Offsets
Riding REDD Bikes: International Forestry
Fasten Your Panniers: Offset Supply
Avoid Slippery Curves: Offset Risk and Challenges
Engage Other Gears: Offsets for Environmental Mitigation

Thank you for your time and efforts on behalf of biodiesel. I look forward to working with you.  



Celia DuBose

Executive Director

California Biodiesel Alliance