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California's Biodiesel Industry Trade Association  

May 2014     

In This Issue
Nearly 120 Companies Ask Obama to Boost Biodiesel Standard
Joint CBA/NBB Comment Letter Presents Substantive Suggestions on Alternative Diesel Fuel Rulemaking
Report: California Fuels Policies to Save State Residents over $10 Billion in Health, Economic Costs by 2020
Op-Ed on New ICF Report: Fact Checking the Low Carbon Fuel Standard
In Situ Biodiesel Testing Technology Presented at AOCS
REGULATORY AND POLICY ISSUE UPDATES
CBA WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

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Our industry, especially in California, is no stranger to challenges. Having weathered storms before, we are committed to riding out the current down market, created by regulatory uncertainty, by working even harder on behalf of biodiesel. This issue presents articles and important legal and policy updates on the many ways we do this, with a focus, of course, on sustained and coordinated efforts to create and maintain a positive and stable regulatory environment, at both the state and federal levels.  

  

PLEASE ASK YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO CALL THE PRESIDENT ON RFS
Click here for congressional contact info and our latest arguments from NBB's DC staff
 Click here to learn why CEC and CARB heads believe EPA's proposed volumes will hurt LCFS  

We are happy this month to be able to bring news about two new studies that refute petroleum industry claims and add to the body of data on the economic, health, and environmental benefits of our state's low-carbon policies under AB 32.  

 

First, is a news release on the study Driving California Forward, a project of the Environmental Defense Fund, the American Lung Association in California, and Tetra Tech. This study involved the development of a transportation fleet modeling platform used to calculate the full societal economic benefits of the LCFS and Cap and Trade programs. The results show total avoided costs for air pollution related public health impacts, fossil fuel dependence impacts, and climate change impacts at $23.1 billion by 2025.

 

Second, we include an op-ed piece that addresses the general public in the context of fact checking negative oil industry claims about the costs to businesses and consumers of the LCFS. It was written by Tim Carmichael, President, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, and Eileen Tutt, Executive Director, California Electric Transportation Coalition, and discusses the results of the second ICF International study on LCFS. The study was commissioned by those groups and the Advanced Biofuels Association, Ceres, Environmental Entrepreneurs, and the National Biodiesel Board.

 

CBA's next full newsletter will return in July with a late June Alert providing expected breaking news on RFS.  

To view back issues of this newsletter and CBA Email Alerts 

click on the "View CBA Email Newsletter Archive" button on our Home page.   

 

 
Nearly 120 Companies Ask Obama to Boost Biodiesel Standard

 

By the National Biodiesel Board | May 29, 2014

 

One hundred seventeen biodiesel companies and affiliated businesses from 41 states called on President Obama Wednesday to stand behind his past support for the U.S. biodiesel industry by continuing sustainable growth under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

 

Highlighting Obama's strong position on biodiesel going back to his days as a U.S. senator and as a candidate for president, the companies and organizations sent Obama a letter outlining the extensive damage that would result from the EPA's current RFS proposal, which would set a biodiesel standard of 1.28 billion gallons - far below actual 2013 production of nearly 1.8 billion gallons. The letter can be found here.

 

"As entrepreneurs and business leaders representing thousands of employees, we have followed signals from this Administration and invested billions of dollars in developing a U.S. biodiesel industry that has successfully delivered more than 5 billion gallons of EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel under the RFS since you took office," the letter states. "We are extremely concerned that you could be retreating on your previously unwavering support for biodiesel in a way that would have severe consequences for the industry's future."

 

The companies and other organizations signing the letter represent thousands of employees in states across the country, from California to Minnesota to Rhode Island. They specifically referenced legislation introduced by then-Sen. Obama in 2006 ("The American Fuels Act") that called for an ambitious standard of 2 billion gallons of alternative diesel fuels by 2015.

 

"Thanks to American innovation, the hard work of our employees, and strong, consistent federal policy under the RFS, the biodiesel industry almost reached that goal last year by producing nearly 1.8 billion gallons under the RFS. With stable policy, it is very likely that the industry will - a mere decade later - indeed reach your stated goal of 2 billion gallons by 2015," the letter states. 

 

"This is a success story of which you and your Administration should be proud: A clean, renewable energy industry meeting a challenging goal that you envisioned 10 years ago. Yet with this EPA proposal, this Administration is retreating. We urge you not to."

 

Biodiesel - made from a variety of resources including soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats - is the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. With plants in nearly every state in the country, the industry had a record U.S. market last year of nearly 1.8 billion gallons supporting more than 62,200 jobs.

The EPA's RFS proposal remains pending, with the Administration planning to finalize it in June.

 

A recent survey of biodiesel producers conducted by National Biodiesel Board found that nearly 80 percent of U.S. biodiesel producers have scaled back production this year and more than half have idled production at a plant altogether. Additionally, two-thirds of producers said they have already reduced or anticipate reducing their workforce as a result of the downturn, which they attribute to the weak RFS proposal and the expiration of the biodiesel tax incentive.

 

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For more information about biodiesel, visit biodiesel.org. 

 

Contact: Ben Evans/NBB, 737-8801/202-997-1919, bevans@biodiesel.org  

Joint CBA/NBB Comment Letter 

 Presents Substantive Suggestions on Alternative Diesel Fuel Rulemaking 

   

 

On April 17th, the California Air Resources Board held its first workshop to discuss a revised Alternative Diesel Fuel (ADF) regulation, a complex proposal explained in last month's newsletter article CARB Resets Clock on Revised ADF Proposal. It details two separate NOx control regimes for biodiesel: One referred to as Safe Harbor for the state's two extreme non-attainment regions -- the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District -- and one for the rest of the state that uses the same Effective Blend (EB) Calculation put forth in the previous proposal, with some refinements. All related public documents are available here: http://arb.ca.gov/fuels/diesel/altdiesel/biodiesel.htm.

 

In response, CBA and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) submitted a joint letter of public comment thanking CARB staff for their diligence and professionalism in designing a process that has been inclusive and consensus-based and for a regulatory framework that is transparent and provides certainty for producers. While supporting the direction of the regulation, the letter reiterated some key points of our industry's arguments during this multi-year process and offered substantive suggestions.

 

Importantly, the letter led with ".... we do not believe biodiesel's inclusion in this regulation is necessary from a scientific standpoint. This view is based largely on air shed modeling studies of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which show no negative health impacts from widespread use of biodiesel. The studies were conducted by Environ, originally for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and later for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

 

The Environ studies show that even with small NOx increases, the 50 percent or greater decreases in all other pollutants needed for ozone formation (namely PM and hydrocarbons) creates a self-mitigating effect for biodiesel. At a minimum, since the studies find an absence of negative impacts from widespread use of B20, we feel ARB would be justified in establishing a biodiesel significance level at 20 percent of the total diesel market rather than B10."

 

Without opposing the concept, our industry expressed the opinion that the data and literature don't support the need for two separate NOx control regimes, saying that it appears that in the extreme non-attainment districts "layers of protection are being stacked on top of layers of protection without objective and convincing justification. The result of this approach will be an artificially reduced level of biodiesel use in these areas, which by extension increases the presence of key pollutants in the atmosphere such as PM, Carbon Monoxide, and Hydrocarbons."

 

SUGGESTIONS FOR ADDITIONS TO THE EB CALCULATION

 

The EB calculation as proposed is a formula that accounts for increasing amounts of NOx-neutral or NOx-lowering elements coming into the market -- specifically B5, renewable diesel (RD), low-NOx diesel, animal fat biodiesel, and voluntary mitigation. Citing compelling data on the NOx-neutrality of the New Technology Diesel Engines (NTDEs) in 2010 and later heavy-duty engines, and the state's fleet turnover requirements compelling the use of those engines according to a schedule, our industry argued that the advantages of NTDEs should be factored into the EB calculation.

 

Another suggestions is that CARB staff explore providing a credit in the EB calculation for used cooking oil (a high percentage of what's produced instate) and canola oil, which have chemical properties (higher cetane) that reduce NOx emissions "relative to ARB data on average biodiesel."

 

EXTREME NON-ATTAINMENT AREAS

 

While supporting the Safe Harbor idea for regulating biodiesel in extreme non-attainment areas as simple and flexible for all participants within the distribution chain and not materially impacting the cost of biodiesel, the letter points out that it would severely limit the amount of biodiesel in the marketplace. The concept would allow biodiesel producers to sell all blends into these areas, but the fuel could only be used in blends at or below B9.5 (per a required note on each bill of lading).

 

The letter includes suggestions related to summer and winter ozone seasons and the exemption thresholds for fleets and retailers who serve 95 percent or more light and medium duty vehicles or NTDEs. It supports the continued opportunity for fleets operating under a Department of Measurement Standards variance to apply to the Executive Officer for an exemption (data collected under the program is used in ongoing specification standard setting work at ASTM International for biodiesel blends above B20).

 

STATEWIDE AREA

 

Based on the understanding that the term "enhanced reporting" refers to record keeping and reporting of biodiesel volumes and blends by the full chain of custody - the biodiesel producer, the retailer/fleet, and all distributors/blenders in between the producer and retailer - our industry strongly recommends eliminating the enhanced reporting requirement at EB7.5, calling it redundant and "impossible to comply with for many members of the chain of custody."

 

NOTE: This article includes highlights of the joint CBA NBB comment letter. Please read it for further details and explanations of the information presented here as well as the remaining list of recommendations related to both the extreme non-attainment and the statewide areas.   

 

NEXT STEPS

 

A CARB board hearing could happen as early as this summer. Legally, the agency has a year after the board hearing notice to finalize the regulation, which would become effective six months later.

 
Report: California Fuels Policies to Save State Residents
over $10 Billion in Health, Economic Costs by 2020
 
Low Carbon Fuel Standard, cap-and trade-program cutting transportation pollution statewide

By Environmental Defense Fund and the American Lung Association in California | May 21, 2014  

Sacramento -- A new report, Driving California Forward, from Environmental Defense Fund and the American Lung Association in California, provides a comprehensive health and economic benefit analysis of California's fuels policies within the voter-supported landmark climate law, AB 32. 

 

The report finds that the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and transportation fuels under the cap and trade (C&T) program will save Californians over $10 billion in health and societal economic costs by 2020.

 

"The facts show that California's transportation fuels polices are effectively cutting pollution and protecting consumers. This report shines a light on why these policies are paramount to improving air quality and saving billions of dollars in state healthcare costs. It's what Californians have asked for and what they deserve," said Tim O' Connor, Director, California Climate Initiative, EDF.

 

Key findings of Driving California Forward include:

  • With full implementation, the LCFS and C&T will result in cumulative benefits from avoided health costs, improved energy security, and reduced social costs of carbon valued at $10.4 billion by 2020 and $23.1 billion by 2025.
  • By 2025, the health benefits of the LCFS and C&T will save $8.3 billion in pollution-related health costs such as avoided hospital visits and lost work days. In addition, these policies will prevent 38,000 asthma attacks as well as 600 heart attacks, 880 premature deaths, and almost 75,000 lost work days - all caused by air pollution.
  • By 2025, California's LCFS and C&T will result in reduced consumption of 21.4 billion gallons of gasoline and 11.8 billion gallons of diesel fuel, meaning over $100 billion in reduced purchases at the pump.
  • By 2025 these policies, which incentivize the adoption of low-carbon fuels, will decrease CO2 equivalent emissions by 165 million metric tons. Emissions that generate smog and soot will decrease by over 179,000 metric tons.

"As a physician, I'm all too familiar with the staggering health and financial costs associated with asthma attacks, visits to the emergency room, and lost work days triggered by unhealthy air. This report is a stark reminder that we must protect California's landmark clean fuel policies, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and carbon pricing for transportation fuels. These policies provide tremendous clean air and health benefits and save money for Californians," said Dr. David Tom Cooke, Member, American Lung Association in California Board of Directors and Head of General Thoracic Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center.

 

The LCFS and C&T regulations are important steps in cutting pollution from transportation - the state's leading contributor to pollution. LCFS is aimed at reducing the carbon intensity in transportation fuels as compared to petroleum-based fuels, like gasoline and diesel.

 

California enacted the world's first LCFS executive order in 2007 and the law took effect in 2011. Cap and trade began operating in 2013 and will include the transportation sector starting in January 2015.

 

Although early savings can already be seen, the biggest benefits from the LCFS and C&T begin to accrue in the next five to ten years, once the statewide vehicle fleet achieves a major uptake of low carbon vehicles and fuels. This means that momentum to implement these policies must continue in order to enjoy these major benefits.

 

This report comes on the heels of the American Lung Association State of the Air 2014 report, which showed once again that California is home to the top five worst polluted cities in the country for ozone and short-term particle pollution, reinforcing the urgent need to address air pollution in the Golden State.

 

AB 32, and its suite of policies including the LCFS and C&T seek to address the harmful impacts of this sector by placing an economy-wide cap on greenhouse pollution in the state and reducing lifecycle emissions from transportation fuels. These policies enjoy wide support and will especially benefit lung and heart disease patients, low-income communities, children, teens and seniors, who are disproportionately impacted by air pollution and climate change.

 

"Driving California Forward shows that we can save lives, protect our environment, and improve our economy all at once. Cleaner air and less pollution are basic rights, not privileges in California. It's critical we preserve the policies that strengthen the health of our communities and provide a better quality of life for future generations to enjoy," said Dr. Robert Sawyer, Chair, Advocacy Committee, American Lung Association in California.

 

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Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading national nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and our California Dream 2.0 Blog. 

 

American Lung Association.Now in its second century, the ALA is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the ALA is "Fighting For Air" through research, education, and advocacy. For more information about the ALA or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA or visit  

 

Media Contacts:

BreAnda Northcutt, BreAnda@catercommunications.com, 916-446-1955    

Danielle English, Danielle@catercommunications.com, 415-453-0430    

Christina Haro, Christina@catercommunications.com, 415-453-0430

Fact Checking the Low Carbon Fuel Standard

 

Capitol Weekly: Op-Ed by Tim Carmichael and Eileen Tutt | Posted May 12, 2014  

 

Most of us don't think twice about our options when we stop to fill our tank with gasoline. But what if you knew you had a choice of fuels, not just of brands?

 

We represent business groups working to bring choice to California's fuel market by offering alternatives to gasoline and diesel, such as biofuels, natural gas, and electricity. Our products are cleaner in terms of both reducing climate change and public health impacts, and they reflect the way the world's economy is turning toward cleaner energy. Also, we expect to see a decrease in Californian's transportation fuel expenses over time by introducing real competition in the marketplace.

 

Our efforts are in line with California's pioneering energy policies, including the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which requires fuel to be 10 percent lower in carbon intensity by 2020. The LCFS is a small step toward fair competition that puts a value on the cost of pollution and creates a strong market for cleaner fuels, greater consumer choice, and a more diverse transportation fuels market.

 

Not surprisingly, oil companies see the LCFS as a threat to their business model. The near total dependence on oil has proven to be a very profitable model for the oil industry. Some in the oil industry suggest that the LCFS is a threat to the rest of us and is harmful to California's economy.

 

To fact-check the LCFS' effects, we asked the respected consulting firm ICF International to look at what the LCFS will mean for big-picture trends like employment, gross state product, and personal income. ICF crunched the numbers and found any negative economic effects will be negligible in the short term and that California's economy will continue to grow. By spurring greater use of clean alternative fuels, the LCFS will save from $1.4 billion to $4.8 billion through avoided health costs and increased energy security.

 

Clean energy companies like ours represent an important slice of that economic growth. The ICF study calculates that the LCFS is already driving investments in clean alternative fuel production, infrastructure, and advanced vehicles. It could mean thousands of new jobs for our state.

 

And the LCFS is helping cement California's leadership position in the clean energy sector. There's big money at stake. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global clean energy investment rose nine percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of last year, hitting $47.7 billion.

 

The LCFS is already delivering cleaner fuels. It's also providing a measure of insulation from gas price spikes. That's in addition to curbing carbon pollution, making our air more breathable, and bolstering California's leadership position in the clean energy sector.

 

The LCFS works for the innovative new businesses, and for the people and the economy of California. Think about that and your options next time you stop at a gas station.
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Ed's Note:  Tim Carmichael is president of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition. Eileen Tutt is executive director of the California Electric Transportation Coalition.

 

http://capitolweekly.net/fact-checking-low-carbon-fuel-standard/

 

In Situ Biodiesel Testing Technology Presented at AOCS

 

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By Biodico | May 5, 2014 

 

San Antonio, TX -- On May 4, 2014 Biodico's VP of Research and Development, Trey Teall, presented the results of a five-year research project to the Methods Roundtable & Uniform Methods Committee at the 105th American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) Annual Meeting & Expo in San Antonio, Texas. The research project focused upon the use of Fourier Transform Near-infrared Spectroscopy (FT-NIRS) to provide real-time in-situ analysis of the biodiesel production process as an alternative to conventional ASTM biodiesel methodology.

 

ASTM 6751 protocols require the use of techniques that are relatively time-consuming and provide data about the state of the biodiesel reaction kinetics after the fact. For example, the use of gas chromatography to determine mono, di and tri glycerides, and free glycerin will take a trained technician over 45 minutes. It requires that a sample be drawn, reacted (silylated) and run through the GC; and the results indicate what the reaction state was instead of what it is in real time. In contrast, Teall's research has shown that the use of FT-NIRS can be conducted with sensors imbedded into various production process streams and provide highly accurate near-instantaneous data about the state of the reaction. It can also detect low level contaminants to ensure that finished biodiesel meets the requirements of ASTM D 6751 for finished biodiesel.

 

The research project was conducted over a five-year period and is ongoing. It is partially funded by two separate grants from the California Energy Commission, and involves collaboration with the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, University of California Santa Barbara, and Marquette University. To build the reference tables needed for this project, over 1,700 spectra were gathered using triplicate samples and 16 referenced scans. The result is a precise method for determining the content of water; free fatty acids; biodiesel; glycerin; mono, di and triglycerides; methanol; saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acid chains in oils and finished biodiesel; cloud point; oxidative stability; and cetane.

 

The reference tables also enable "fingerprinting" of mixed feedstocks and the resulting biodiesel. For instance, a feedstock composed of various percentages of palm oil, soybean oil and used cooking oil can be characterized both at the feedstock and finished biodiesel stage. Ongoing research is being conducted to establish the same percentages in various blends of biodiesel with petroleum diesel even at very low level blends. This will enable determination of the feedstocks used to make biodiesel even in blended biodiesel, and will provide confirmation of feedstock content claims made to obtain RINS and LCFS certifications.

 

As Teall summarized, "We are very excited about the results of this research. As part of the AOCS process, we will be conducting round robin testing to obtain peer reviewed independent confirmation of our test results. Based upon our own confidence in the research, we have already imbedded FT-NIRS sensors and the reference table into our automation system for a 10 mgy biodiesel plant in the Central Valley of California. This enables programmable logic control systems to utilize real-time data to truly automate biodiesel production. Some 'automated' systems are preprogrammed like a washing machine, and they respond the same regardless of feedstock composition and other reaction variables. With FT-NIRS, mixed feedstocks can be used, and the reaction kinetics are automatically adjusted throughout the entire process in response to essential variables. The results are much faster throughput and greater quality control with the same reactors. A conventional system can achieve up to a three-fold increase in production by retrofitting with FT-NIRS, the reference tables and automation. In-situ monitoring, extensive reference data and direct feedback to our automation system is key. We are developing the same technology to monitor and control renewable cogeneration systems that provide 100% of the heat and power requirements for a biodiesel production facility. This includes anaerobic digestion of mixed substrates with glycerin bottoms, gasification of agricultural waste with glycerin bottoms, and solar combined heat and power. These are all being demonstrated at our Red Rock Ranch facility adjacent to the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California."

 

About Biodico: Biodico is a privately held company that builds, owns and operates sustainable biorefineries, conducts research, development, and validation studies with the U.S. Navy, and collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to implement technology transfer and new initiatives. The company and its management have been pioneers in the industry for the past 21 years, with an emphasis on using advanced, patented and proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next generation biofuels and bioenergy. Additional information about Biodico can be found on the company's website at http://www.biodico.com.

 REGULATORY AND POLICY ISSUE UPDATES

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CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD: ADF RULEMAKING PROCESS

See article above.

  

CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD: CAP AND TRADE
At the April 2nd Clean, Low Carbon Fuels Summit, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Chair of the Committee on Budget, told the group she was looking to the transportation sector, as the highest GHG emitter, for suggestions as her committee vets proposals in the Governor's budget for the $850 million of Cap and Trade proceeds to be spent on low carbon projects ($200 for clean fuels and clean transportation). CBA has submitted a proposal for a biodiesel production incentive and plans to continue to pursue this funding option for biodiesel industry projects going forward.

CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD: LOW CARBON FUEL STANDARD (LCFS)
With several CBA members serving on the LCFS Advisory Panel and NBB staff involved at various levels, our industry continues its active engagement on LCFS.

LCFS RE-ADOPTION:  
On May 30th, CARB will hold a public workshop "to discuss updates on specific proposed revisions to the LCFS regulation, including draft regulatory language as developed to date.  Furthermore, staff will discuss a joint environmental analysis for both the LCFS regulation and the Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation.  Staff will solicit stakeholder feedback during and after the workshop." 

CAL EPA Bldg:9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Handouts and other details can be found at: 

LCFS ADVISORY PANEL: 
The 2014 LCFS Advisory Panel met at CARB headquarters in Sacramento on May 19th. This is the second time an LCFS Advisory Panel has been convened and asked to issue a report to CARB. The original LCFS Advisory Panel worked through 2012. The 2014 panel is made up of many of the same members, including representatives from alt fuel producers and associations, NGO's, the oil industry, and government agencies. It will follow a somewhat different process from the original panel. The first meeting of the current panel was devoted to outlining protocols and objectives, together with a review of the LCFS and what is currently at issue (details can be found at the link below). There will be a series of breakout meetings over the next several months to drill down into more detailed subjects, and then the conclusions of the working groups will be presented to a second and final meeting of the LCFS Advisory Panel sometime in the Fall of 2014, for final submission to CARB by January 2015.  Information about the meeting and presentations can be found at  http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/workgroups/advisorypanel/advisorypanel.htm.

LEGAL ISSUES:
Tim O'Connor provides a very important update in his May 28th California Dream 2.0 article The United States Supreme Court Hears the Other Side of the Story on California's Cleaner Fuels Policy

  

   
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION (CEC): IEPR  
There is no policy update this month. Details on this issue can be found at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/2014_energypolicy.  
 

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION (CEC): AB 118 FUNDING 

On May 7th, the CEC issued a Notice of Proposed Awards (NOPA) for Round 1 of PON-13-609, Pilot-Scale and Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels Production Facilities, which allocates $9 million each for biomass diesel and ethanol and $6 million for biomethane. The notice can be found at http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/#nopa.

According to the CEC: "A second round of scoring will be performed for all applications that were not scored in Round 1. Applications scored, but not funded in Round 1 will compete for funding in Round 2. The notice for Round 2 will include the scores for all applications scored in both Round 1 and Round 2. The Energy Commission anticipates the Round 2 notice of proposed awards will be available in July 2014."

STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD: UST REGULATIONS

There is no policy update this month. CBA urges compliance with the permanent UST law that took effect in June of 2012, which allows 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. The State Water Resources Control Board, which oversees USTs, gathers these statements, reviews them, then posts them on their 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 are approved, but revised forms are not labeled as such. Also, please be advised that your local enforcing agency (CUPA) may require engineering approvals for non-integral secondary containment (sumps and UDCs).    

     

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE ISSUES   
AB 1992, the Low Carbon Fuel Advance Market Commitment, passed the Assembly.  This program authorizes the California Air Resources Board to develop a program to bring very low carbon fuels, those that reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by at least half compared to their closest comparable petroleum fuel, into the California fuel market at commercial scale. 
 

FEDERAL ISSUES

   

LATEST BIODIESEL NEWS AT TWITTER
The NBB has called on all biodiesel supporters to join their recently launched Twitter campaign. The goal is to create a unified message, reminding the Administration to stand behind biodiesel and a strong Renewable Fuel Standard. To participate in the Twitter campaign or to get more information, e-mail Kirsten Skala atkskala@biodiesel.org. Also, you can follow NBB's Twitter handle, NBB Comm Team @Biodiesel_Media, for the latest biodiesel news and trending topics.
 

Fueling Action is NBB's source for information, talking points, sample letters, and contact info for action on RFS and the Biodiesel Tax Incentive. Visit it often! 
 

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CBA WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

New Members This Year

Gorge Analytical 
 The Jacobsen 
SC Fuels
Targray
    
 

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

 

Take good care,

 

Celia DuBose

Executive Director

California Biodiesel Alliance