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California Biodiesel Alliance News

California's Biodiesel Industry Trade Association  

  

May 2016     

In This Issue
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We begin this issue by welcoming both Lisa Mortenson of Community Fuels, who has rejoined CBA's board of directors, and new nonprofit member, the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition.
 
May was a busy month with CBA board members participating in a very productive retreat in San Diego on May 12th. Stay tuned as we bring new ideas to work on behalf of biodiesel in California. Already, for our successful Lobby Day on May 24th in Sacramento, we launched a new social media effort that saw industry and key state environmental NGOs tweeting and retweeting our messages and photos in support of the California Biofuels Cap & Trade Initiative. Please follow us @cabiodieselorg and join our Facebook group!  

We lead with two related articles on this major CBA policy effort. First, is the news release for Lobby Day from the Biofuel Initiative coalition, which focuses on this effort to secure funding from auction proceeds for in-state low carbon biofuels production. 
Also, we are very pleased to include a letter from environmental NGOs advocating for the bill to define the parameters of an incentive-based program to support and increase the in-state production of biofuels, Senator Pavley's SB 1402. 

Don't miss the
Action Alert on the Biodiesel Producer's Tax Credit, an update from Canada, and the Policy Section, which has key updates that participants in the California biodiesel market should be aware of. It includes the latest information on funding for biofuels; links to the new FAQ and reporting form for the ADF regulation; a link to the presentation for the June 2nd LCFS workshop on a proposed mandatory verification program; a call for comments on the EPA's recent RFS proposal, and more.

  
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(California Biofuels Cap & Trade Initiative)
While Clean Fuels Standard Thrives in California, 
More Funding Needed for  In-State Biofuel Production to Spur Job Creation

May 23, 2016

California State Capitol 

California's biofuel industry is calling on state legislators to allocate $210 million in the Governor's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to incentivize in-state production of low carbon biofuels. For the first time, biodiesel, ethanol and biomethane trade associations and companies are united by the common goal of getting the Biofuel Initiative passed as part of this year's budget.

To meet Governor Brown's environmental goals, more than 7 billion gallons of low carbon biofuel will be needed annually in California by 2030. However, a large portion of California's low carbon fuels currently are imported from out of state and abroad. Through proper funding, California biofuels production could increase from 250 million gallons per year (mgy) in 2014 to 906 mgy in 2019, according to industry projections, creating meaningful employment for thousands of Californians in disadvantaged communities.

"California has adopted some of the most forward-thinking policies in the nation to combat climate change - including AB 32, SB 535, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and SB 350 - and it is up to state legislators to encourage and promote in-state biofuel production to achieve the Governor's goals," said Russ Teall, president of the California Biodiesel Alliance. "Investing in this initiative helps improve the environment, while creating jobs and providing energy security."

"The biofuels we produce lower the carbon content and give consumers more choices," said Neil Koehler, chief executive officer of Pacific Ethanol. "State investment needs to be prioritized for in-state production of biofuels that will pay back with local jobs, tax revenue and community growth."
A $210-million allocation of AB 32 cap and trade auction proceeds from the state budget's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, administered by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), would:
  • Create 24,750 direct and indirect jobs;
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 6,000,000 metric tons;
  • Spur economic development of $11.5 billion;
  • Displace 714 mgy of petroleum;
  • Generate fuel tax revenues of $230 million; and
  • Bring in other state and local tax revenues of $408 million.
"The transportation sector is responsible for nearly 40% of all carbon-related emissions in California. Methane released from agricultural and food processing facilities, wastewater treatment plants and landfills is far more potent than carbon as a greenhouse gas emission," said Johannes Escudero, CEO of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. "California has an opportunity to reduce these emissions by investing GGRF funds in the development of biofuels, including in-state biomethane production facilities - projects that capture otherwise flared or fugitive methane from organic waste streams to produce the lowest carbon intensity transportation fuel available."

The allocation helps meet the climate change objectives of AB 32, which requires a sharp reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as SB 535, which serves to stimulate employment and economic improvement by encouraging biofuel production in disadvantaged communities.
Legislators will determine how much money to allocate toward in-state biofuel production by June 15, 2016, at which point the allocation will be included in the state's budget for Governor Brown's approval or veto.

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Editor's Note: See the most recent update in the Cap and Trade blurb of the Policy section below.
Letter in Support of SB 1402 (Pavley)
From the Union of Concerned Scientists, NRDC, the American Lung Association of California, and the Environmental Defense Fund 


May 20, 2016 
The Honorable Ricardo Lara 
Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee 
California State Capitol 
Sacramento, CA 95814 

RE: SB 1402 (Pavley) - SUPPORT
 
Dear Chairman Lara, 
On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to express our support for SB 1402, a bill to incentivize production of low-carbon fuels in California. 

The use of low-carbon transportation fuels is an important solution to meeting California's air quality, climate change, and petroleum reduction goals. The bedrock policy that is expanding use of low-carbon fuels in California is the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). This important policy is expected to help cut global warming pollution by over 70 million metric tons by 2020 -- the equivalent of removing about 15.5 million passenger cars and trucks from the road for a year. A recent analysis also showed that the widespread development of low-carbon fuels is necessary to meeting Governor Brown's goal of halving petroleum consumption by 2030. In addition, the use of low carbon fuels and vehicles, as a result of the LCFS and cap and trade program, is expected to save $8.3 billion in pollution-related health costs between 2015 and 2025, including avoided hospital visits and lost work days. 2

SB 1402 would complement the state's strategy to diversify our fuel sources by expanding in-state production of cleaner fuels. To leverage private capital investment into the California low-carbon fuel production market, the state needs to also mitigate market risk through incentives. Historically, the state has underinvested in low-carbon transportation fuels and related infrastructure, despite the fuels sector's responsibility for the single-largest share of carbon emissions. The Legislative Analyst's Office found that since the inception of the state's major energy programs, California has spent nearly $15 billion on alternative energy and energy efficiency programs, but less than 5 percent has gone to clean transportation and fuels. 3

SB 1402 will direct the Air Resources Board to establish the California Low Carbon Fuels Incentive Program. The program will leverage both public and private dollars to expand the production of low carbon transportation fuels at new and existing California facilities. Through these incentives, SB 1402 will create well-paying 21st century jobs and provide the certainty to businesses to ramp up their investment in California. Importantly, the amendments we expect to be taken in the 
Appropriations Committee will prioritize the use of low carbon, sustainable and underutilized feedstocks. We also appreciate that the amendments prioritize projects that create co-benefits, such as the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants, as well as economic and air quality benefits to disadvantaged communities. 

We respectfully ask for your support for SB 1402. 

Sincerely, 
Jason Barbose 
Western States Policy Manager 
Union of Concerned Scientists 

Bonnie Holmes-Gen 
Senior Policy Director 
American Lung Association in California 

Simon Mui, Ph.D. 
Director, California Vehicles & Fuels 
Natural Resources Defense Council 

Tim O'Connor 
Director, California Oil & Gas 
Environmental Defense Fund 
Cc: The Honorable Fran Pavley 

FOOTNOTES
1. ICF International. 2016. Half the oil: Pathways to reduce petroleum use on the West Coast. San Francisco, CA. Online at www.ucsusa.org/WestCoastOil 

2. American Lung Association in California and Environmental Defense Fund. 2014. Driving California Forward: Public Health and Societal Economic Benefits of California's AB 32 Transportation Fuel Policies. Online:  https://www.edf.org/sites/default/files/content/edf_driving_california_forward.pdf 

3. Legislative Analyst's Office. 2012. Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy Program. Online at http://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Detail/2677 

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Editor's Note: See the most recent update in the Legislation blurb of the Policy section below.


State Biodiesel Fuel Businesses 
Must Register under Motor Vehicle Fuel Distributor Program (MVDP) 
 
Cal/EPa Building
ARB Headquarters in Sacramento

During the Air Resources Board's (ARB) Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation (ADF) workshop on May 23rd, CBA learned of a requirement that affects our industry by requiring registration for many biodiesel fuel businesses under the agency's Motor Vehicle Fuel Distributor program (MVDP). 
 
The regulation defines a "motor vehicle fuels distributor" as: "any person who (1) refines, blends, or otherwise produces motor vehicle fuel, or (2) with an ownership interest in the fuel, transports or causes the transport of motor vehicle fuel at any point between a production or import facility and a retail outlet, or sells, offers for sale, or supplies motor vehicle fuel to motor vehicle fuel retailers." This requirement includes providing the physical location of all records pertaining to the production, purchase and delivery of motor vehicle fuel. 

The registration form is  available  at http://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/edforms/distcertform.pdf

ARB staff has clarified that biofuel producers should register as a refiner and a distributor under the program.

To expedite the process, ARB is requesting that the registration form be emailed to Amanda Ciccarelli (lciccare@arb.ca.gov). They also are asking that the registration form sent to the following address rather than the P.O. box address printed at the bottom of the form:
 
California Air Resources Board
Attn: Amanda Ciccarelli
8340 Ferguson Ave
Sacramento, CA 95828

Please contact Amanda Ciccarelli with any questions at (916) 229-0523.
Action Alert on Biodiesel Producer's Tax Credit

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Please contact your member of the House of Representatives! The NBB is organizing the national mobilization to get cosponsors for the tax legislation recently introduced by House Representatives Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J. The bill would extend the biodiesel tax incentive through 2019 and change it from a blenders credit to a domestic production credit. CBA is working to get our California representatives to cosponsor the bill as part of this effort to demonstrate to House leaders that it has strong bipartisan support across the country and should be passed.

Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask them to support the Noem/Pascrell legislation, HR 5240, by signing on as a cosponsor. Your personal stories about the importance of an extension to your local business or organization and also the benefits of reforming the bill as a domestic producer's credit are most compelling. You can  visit the House website here to do a zip-code search to find your representative or call the House switchboard at  202-225-3121.

For more information, including a more detailed backgrounder on the benefits of a producer's credit, click on the  NBB's Fueling Action logo above. Call the Washington office of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) at  202-737-8801 with questions.

(Advanced Biofuels Canada / Biocarburants avanc├ęs Canada)
 
Ontario Planning Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Biofuels Support
 
May 17, 2016
 
 
From the May 16th Globe and Mail, a report that the cabinet in Kathleen Wynne's Government of Ontario, under Minister Glenn Murray (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change), is planning a low carbon fuel standard. The accuracy of the report has not been confirmed by the government.
 
"New lower-carbon fuel standards would require all liquid transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel, to slash life-cycle carbon emissions by 5 per cent by 2020. The plan will also provide $176-million in incentives to fuel retailers to sell more biodiesel and 85-per-cent ethanol blend. The government will also oblige natural gas to contain more renewable content, such as gas from agriculture and waste products."
 
The overall 2017-2021 plan will be publicly released in June, according to the story.
 
The many new programs will be paid for out of revenue from the province's upcoming cap-and-trade system, which is expected to be approved by the legislature this week and come into effect at the start of next year. Together, the cap-and-trade system and the action plan are the backbone of the province's strategy to cut emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.
 
The low-carbon fuel standard is projected to cut GHG emissions by two million tonnes, and the renewable content requirement for natural gas ('renewable natural gas') by one million tonnes.
 
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View this article on the ABFC website: http://advancedbiofuels.ca/ontarioclimatechangeplan/.
 
Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) has been advocating with Ontario for over a year for renewable and low carbon fuel standard mandates (RFS, LCFS) and programs to scale up the commercial supply of renewable and low carbon fuels in Ontario.
 
Since this article was posted, Ian Thomson, President of the ABFC, has updated CBA that the government passed the Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act. Within it, the Minister of the Environment is required to publish a Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) by January 1, 2017. The contents of the CCAP were the subject of the Cabinet leak earlier this month. 

CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY NEWS

French fries French fries French fries
 

(MOTLEY FOOL)
Darling Ingredients' Green Diesel Operation is About to Get Much, Much Bigger

Posted April 16, 2016 by Steve Symington

Darling Ingredients may have endured extraordinary market headwinds in recent quarters, but that isn't stopping the rendering and biodiesel specialist from expanding its business in a big way. Earlier this week, Darling announced it will increase the annual production capacity of its Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, LA to 275 million gallons of renewable diesel, an increase of more than 70% from its current capacity of 160 million gallons. Diamond Green Diesel is Darling Ingredients' joint venture with Valero Energy.

The expansion won't happen overnight. But while the total cost and engineering analysis has yet to be finalized, Darling expects the project to be funded by Diamond Green Diesel's existing cash flow. Darling is also estimating a fourth-quarter 2017 completion for the project, and targeting a first-quarter 2018 ramp of production. In the meantime, Diamond Green Diesel should continue operating at full capacity with the exception of a 15- to 30-day downtime period for final tie-ins.

Darling also notes the expansion is an efficient investment; its incremental cost per gallon of renewable diesel production should be roughly half that of the green-field construction cost, thanks to logistics and processing facilities already in place. 

But apart from its obviously attractive economics, what spurred this massive project? Darling Ingredients CEO Randal Stuewe elaborated, "Our Diamond Green Diesel joint venture continues to be a shining star in our portfolio of ingredients and our DGD team has successfully proven the technology works, producing the highest quality product to meet the expectations of our customers."

It seems an understatement to call Diamond Green Diesel a shining star for Darling of late, especially in light of the challenges facing the rest of its business. Last quarter, for example, overall revenue declined 19% year over year, to $809.7 million, thanks to a combination of sustained weakness in global commodity markets and the negative effects of foreign currency exchange.

More specifically, Darling's feed ingredients business saw revenue decline more than 22% year over year last quarter, to $472.2 million, as the segment in the U.S. suffered significant pricing pressure as raw-material volumes and finished-goods pricing declined to levels not seen since the early 2000s. At the same time, Darling's food ingredients business saw net sales decline 15.5%, to $272.2 million, but also saw impressive 70.7% growth in operating income, to $23.3 million, thanks to a solid performance from the company's Rousselot gelatin unit, which enjoyed strong demand, higher margins, and commissioned significant expansions in the U.S. and China.

To put that in perspective, Diamond Green Diesel alone achieved EBITDA of $177 million by producing 159 million gallons of renewable diesel last fiscal year, bringing Darling's share of that profit share to $88.5 million. In short, this offered an effective financial hedge to offset the weakness of Darling's core feed ingredients business.

Considering that weakness won't last forever -- and assuming all goes as planned with the development of DGD's expansion -- it should leave Darling Ingredients that much stronger when each of its segments are finally firing on all cylinders.

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(Biodico)
California Energy Commission Awards Biodico $1.2 Million Grant 
for 'Zero Net Energy Farms' Project

 
-- Biodico to Utilize Proprietary Technology
To Create Economically Viable Energy Efficient Farm of the Future --
 
-- Technologies to Stimulate Local Economy in Disadvantaged Regions --

Fresno and Ventura Counties, Calif. - May 18, 2016 - Biodico, Inc. today announced the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded the sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company a $1.2 million grant for its "Zero Net Energy Farms" project, which would enable farms to generate all electrical and heating power needs from on-site renewable resources, while reducing greenhouse gas footprints.
 
The award was granted under the CEC's Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Challenge to develop innovative and replicable approaches for accelerating the deployment of Advanced Energy Communities (AEC) located in economically disadvantaged areas.
 
Biodico is matching the CEC funds to develop a real world conceptual design that combines solar cogeneration, wind turbines, anaerobic digestion and gasification at Red Rock Ranch in Five Points, Fresno County, Calif.
 
"The Zero Net Energy Farms project leverages Biodico's proprietary technology to create an energy efficient farm by utilizing economically viable solutions," said Biodico President and Founder, Russ Teall. "Our goal is to establish a template for ranches, farms and other agricultural interests throughout California's Central Valley and beyond.
 
"This project comes at a particularly important time as California's agricultural community searches for more efficient ways to produce, process and store more than 400 food, fiber, flora and fuel crops, not to mention convert biomass into electricity, as biomass power plants continue to close," Teall added.  "Equally important is the water/energy nexus: The production of on-site renewable energy reduces the consumption of water used to produce grid-based utility energy.  As California agriculture continues to suffer the impact of water constraints, this has become extremely important."
 
Additional benefits of the project include increasing the security, reliability and efficiency of the electrical grid, as well as reducing the cost of expanding capacity to meet California's swelling population growth.
 
"There is a great need today for establishing a rational business case for tomorrow's energy efficient farm," said JJ Rothgery, Chairman of the Board at Biodico.  "A Zero Net Energy Farm will help diversify power production and reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and water to generate electricity. 
 
"The incorporation of these technologies will also enhance local economic development by providing jobs and an increased tax base," Rothgery noted.
           
The project is slated to commence in June 2016.  For a video overview of Biodico, please visit  http://bit.ly/biodico.
 
About Biodico: Biodico is a privately held company headquartered in Ventura, Calif. that (1) builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and bioenergy facilities, (2) conducts research and development with the U.S. Navy, and (3) collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to commercialize new technology and initiatives.  The company and its management have been pioneers in the industry for the past 23 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.


STATE AND FEDERAL
REGULATORY AND POLICY ISSUE UPDATES  


CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD (ARB)
 CAP & TRADE AUCTION PROCEEDS  ALLOCATED THROUGH THE STATE'S GGRF

Evidencing progress in the California Biofuels Cap & Trade Initiative coalition's efforts, on May 24th state Assembly and Senate subcommittees approved the proposed funding for biofuels in the Green House Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) with $40m slated to go to ARB's Low Carbon Fuels Incentive Program and $20 - $25m to the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). The two versions will now go to a conference committee for reconciling. We continue our efforts in the legislature in support of maximum funding levels.


CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD (ARB) 
VERY LOW CARBON FUELS INVESTMENTS

The FY2016-17 Funding Plan, which was released on May 20th, is on the agenda for the June 23rd board meeting of the ARB in Sacramento, which is open to the public. CBA will be testifying and submitting comments at that time. The budget includes $40 million for a "Very Low Carbon Intensity Fuel Incentive," which is part of what CBA has been promoting in our Biofuel Initiative efforts. Details can be found beginning on page 77 (and by entering "very low" into the "Find" function) of the Proposed FY 2016-17 Funding Plan, Including Appendices (PDF - 5.3MB) which can be downloaded at:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/fundplan/fundplan.htm. 


CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD (ARB) 
ALTERNATIVE DIESEL FUEL REGULATION (ADF)

At the ARB workshop on May 23rd to discuss reporting requirements for the ADF regulation, CBA learned about a register requirement under the MVDP (see article above). ARB staff gave examples to clarify several issues of importance to blenders and distributors under the regulation, which are included in the new FAQ. Among other clarifications is that regarding whether a person in the state can still purchase and sell B100 or B99, the new FAQ states: "Yes, purchase and sale of biodiesel blendstocks higher than B20 is allowed. However, those sales may not be retail sales for end use in engines, unless the selling entity has a valid Executive Order as part of the 3 stage phase in process."
 
The ADF regulation became effective January 1, 2016, and includes reporting and recordkeeping requirements applicable to entities in the biodiesel industry. The first quarter reports must be submitted by June 30, 2016. 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. 
 
A few slight changes have been made to the ARB quarterly reporting form, which producers, importers and blenders must submit by June 30th (for the first quarter of 2016). If you have used the original form that was  posted on March 2, 2016, it may be submitted for this reporting period.
 
Find the new FAQ and Reporting Forms at: 
The presentation for the 
May 23rd 
meeting, which has helpful diagrams, is here: 


CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD (ARB)
LOW CARBON FUEL STANDARD (LCFS)

We encourage attendance at ARB's June 2nd workshop. ARB staff has posted the presentations and preliminary draft regulation order for this workshop to discuss proposed amendments to clarify and enhance regulatory requirements, as well as preliminary draft regulatory language for a proposed mandatory verification program. The status of pathway application processing and unique identifiers for LCFS credits will also be presented. Find presentations and the preliminary draft regulation order here: 
 
LCFS credit activity reports, which covers information about credit transfers including transfer dates, credit volumes and credit prices are being posted on the Tuesday following the week
reported at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/credit/lrtweeklycreditreports.htm.

The main page for
California's LCFS is here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs.htm.


CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION (CEC)
ALTERNATIVE AND RENEWABLE FUEL AND VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM (ARFVTP) 

The 2016-2017 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program - Commission Final Report adopted some of CBA's recent public comments but we continue to press the agency for more frequent solicitations and that some funding should be committed to biodiesel storage and blending infrastructure, which is a primary bottleneck in the California biodiesel blending market today. Details at: 

An additional $20-$25 million in the Governor's budget proposal for 2016-2017 in biofuel program grants under the CEC's ARFVTP will be the subject of a special workshop, if approved.

To stay abreast of ARVFTP program news, sign up for the Alternative Fuels List Serve at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels/2015-ALT-01/.


CDFA'S DIVISION OF MEASUREMENT STANDARDS (DMS)

CBA attended DMS's May pre-rulemaking meeting, which provided stakeholders an opportunity to comment on a proposed regulation to amend the California Code to refine, clarify, and make consistent the specifications, standards, advertising, labeling and method of sale requirements for fuels, lubricants, and automotive products with changes and revisions made by AB 808. We will bring more details on the proposed regulation as they develop. 


STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD: UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK ISSUES 
 
See our  Regulatory Matters webpage for information on compliance issues.   


CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION

SB 1402 (Pavley): See article above. SB 1402, which would have outlined the process for spending in-state biofuels incentive funding, was held by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week. Both the Assembly and Senate held policy bills related to Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funding (GGRF). The Biofuels Coalition has been working with ARB to get the concepts of SB 1402 incorporated into the guidelines it is developing for the allocation of the GGRF funds.

AB 2323 (Ridley-Thomas): CBA is supporting and 
engaging on this bill to require that investor-owed electric utilities provide a discount rate program to the state's producers of biofuels, hydrogen, and natural gas similar to that offered for electric vehicles.

AB 1103 (Dodd):  CBA is reviewing AB 1103 based on concerns that it prohibits anyone but waste haulers 'duly authorized' by the local jurisdiction from collecting, removing or transporting solid waste. The state CDFA's Inedible Kitchen Grease (IKG) program has its own set of regulations that the bill won't affected, but it will affect those who pick up hard materials, like bones and scraps. We are reviewing recent amendments and will made a decision about the bill after determining if it is in the best interest of our industry.
           

FEDERAL UPDATES
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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 information.   
 
(NBB)
RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD (RFS) 

Call for Comments on RFS Proposal

The EPA has opened the formal comment period on the new RFS proposal and it's time for biodiesel supporters to make your voice heard!

We are urging all biodiesel supporters to submit comments calling for higher Biomass-based Diesel and Advanced Biofuel volumes. Please encourage your friends, family, coworkers, etc. to submit comments as well. It is critical that we get a high volume of supportive comments to make an impact and show the EPA that the volumes should be higher.

It only takes a minute. We have set up a page on our website here with a prepared template advocacy letter. The letter is ready to be submitted as-is by simply filling in your name and other information, but we encourage everyone to take a few minutes to personalize the letter with additional information about why you care about higher biodiesel volumes. Consider adding a paragraph on how it impacts jobs and the economy in your local community, or your commitment to cutting pollution, or your concern about our continued dependence on foreign oil.

Once you're done, just click "Submit" and it will go straight to the EPA docket. 
Please check out the website today and submit your comments! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at  202-737-8801.

EPA Makes Revisions to QAP Under the RFS

On April 22, 2016, EPA published a revision to 40 C.F.R. s. 80.1453, the product transfer document (PTD) requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) regulations, at 78 Fed. Reg. 23,641. The revision was proposed as part of a package of amendments to the Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards. It was intended to clarify that the RFS PTD requirements did not apply to sales to downstream end users. However, the proposal included some concerning language that referred to transfer of "custody" of fuel that we believed broadened the PTD requirements, which apply to transfer of "ownership" of renewable fuel. NBB submitted comments asking EPA to correct this issue in the final rule, and EPA removed this language. The final rule then excludes the requirement to provide a PTD when ownership of fuel is transferred "when such fuel is dispensed into motor vehicles or nonroad vehicles, engines, or equipment." The final rule also deleted a reference to section 80.1433 in the RFS PTD regulation, which does not exist in the regulations. That provision had related to a proposal on how to treat non-conforming downstream uses of renewable fuel.





CBA WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
 
 
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If you are reading this and are not yet a member, please join us. CBA offer several membership levels of the following annual dues.

BOARD MEMBERSHIP (Full-voting)

Producer Board Member
* Production greater than 8 million gallons per year: $10,000
* Production less than 8 million gallons per year: $5,000

Marketer Board Member
* Sales greater than 8 million gallons per year: $10,000
* Sales less than 8 million gallons per year: $5,000

Applicants for CBA's Board of Directors must print and fill out the Voting Membership Application from our Join Us webpage and email or mail it to Celia DuBose at the address listed there.

NOTE: Dues amounts apply whether your business is based inside or outside of California and regardless of where your fuel is sold.

Non-voting memberships are as follows:
BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP:
* Gold: $3,000
* Silver: $2,000
* Bronze: $1,000

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP: $100 
Students/veterans: $25 

Membership benefits include:
* Your company's logo, link, and description on our Members webpage (Business membership and above).
* Participation in CBA's in-person member meetings.
* Participation in policy discussions and legislative/regulatory visits in Sacramento.
* Internal email communications on important industry issues as they arise.
* A discount on CBA events.

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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.

 


Best,

Celia DuBose

Executive Director

California Biodiesel Alliance