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October 2014     

In This Issue
Governor Signs Grease Theft Bill -- Time to Put 855-HIT-GREASE on Speed Dial!
California Air Resources Board Releases Latest ADF Regulation Proposal
Senate Dems Say RFS Cut Would Undermine Climate Change Goals
Robert Redford Urges Donations for Braley
Biodiesel Summit Highlights Fleet Success in SF, San Jose, New York



We begin this issue by welcoming Golden Gate Petroleum as our newest Bronze Business member. Then, we bring you grease theft news embedded in the story about our 2015 California Biodiesel Conference and the latest on the ADF rulemaking.   


CBA has extended our thanks in emails and phone calls to California Senator Barbara Boxer for her leadership on the RFS as detailed in the article below. With the RFS a key issue in at least one super-tight Senate race, I've included an article about Robert Redford's involvement with the candidate who supports the RFS, NOT the one that is calling for the elimination of the U.S, EPA, its administering agency.


Get a glimpse into the Bay Area Biodiesel Summit that brought a powerful bunch of industry experts from around the country to speak in SF this month about success with biodiesel.  


The California Biodiesel Industry News section includes several stories about CBA member businesses that have undergone recent changes.


Find important updates in the Policy section on LCFS re-adoption; a CEC funding opportunity; a message from the Water Board on USTs; and a veto of AB 2756.



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 CBA   PRESENTS   THE   2015
All New Conf Logo

Understanding the Unique Benefits and  

Regulatory Landscape of Biodiesel - California's Advanced Biofuel


Wednesday February 4, 2015 - Capitol Plaza Ballroom, Sacramento 


Governor Signs Grease Theft Bill

Time to Put 855-HIT-GREASE on Speed Dial! 


When Jerry Brown signed AB 1566 late last month, he beefed up the tool chest our industry and law enforcement can use to fight the grease theft crimes that take a devastating toll each year. Get the details from Dr. Douglas Hepper, Chief, Meat, Poultry & Egg Safety Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture. His presentation, entitled simply "855-HIT-GREASE," will be part of the day's second regulatory panel.

The panel also features Kristin Macey, Director, CDFA, Division of Measurement Standards, and  Steven Scott Nicholls, Business & Energy Programs Specialist | State Energy Coordinator, USDA, Rural Development.  It's not just ARB and CEC whose regulations and programs play a role in the success of our industry. Don't miss these key presentations! 


California Air Resources Board Releases
Latest ADF Regulation Proposal

Cal/EPa Building
ARB Offices / CalEPA Building
At its October 20th Alternative Diesel Fuel (ADF) Regulation workshop, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) presented the latest in a series of proposals based on their analysis of the agency's test data showing NOx neutrality up to B10 for animal fat biodiesel and NOx neutrality up to B5 or B10 for all other feedstocks, depending upon the time of year.

The most recent approach models the totality of biodiesel's emissions characteristics and related factors, concluding that a "safe harbor" level of B10 is acceptable without mitigation for animal fat biodiesel. The modeling shows B10 is acceptable without mitigation for all other feedstocks during the low ozone period and B5 is NOx neutral during the high ozone period. The ARB's Safe Harbor proposal would require mitigation for each gallon above B5 for Low Saturation Biodiesel (e.g. CN<56) and B10 for High Saturation Biodiesel (e.g. CN≥56). Di-tert butyl peroxide (DTBP) was presented as a possible mitigation strategy.


Possible exemptions were discussed on higher blends of biodiesel of B20 or less in NTDEs based on recent studies showing no impacts from biodiesel on NOx in light and medium duty vehicles. Also discussed was a proposal to transition from qualitative descriptions of feedstocks (e.g. animal, soy) to one based on their performance value, cetane number or index.


Because NTDEs are NOx neutral with biodiesel, and the levels of NTDEs are increasing over time and expected to penetrate above 90 percent by 2023, it was presented that this would then eliminate the need for NOx mitigation.


The proposal was to begin reporting requirements on January 1, 2016 and per gallon NOx mitigation for blends above the Safe Harbor level on January 1, 2018.


CBA's comments supported a significance level of B20, a level at which biodiesel has been shown, in studies previously presented to the Air Resources Board, to have a self-mitigating emissions profile due to the 50 percent or greater decreases in all other pollutants needed for ozone formation (PM and hydrocarbons). We requested that, at the minimum, to assure that our industry is able to continue serving its public and private customers, and in hopes of growing and providing more of biodiesel's benefits, ARB adopt the following:

  • A phase-in period of at least 3 years to allow for the significant changes associated with compliance.
  • B10 all year-round. This is necessary for the growth of our industry and as a means to ensure the availability of low CI fuels in the state.
  • A process for specific exemptions based on the health benefits of biodiesel. For example, a school system that wants to use B20 (or public fleets that serve vulnerable communities subject to diesel fuel's disease-causing emissions).
  • Exemptions for fleets that use 80% NTDEs and exemptions for light and medium duty fleets.
  • An NTDE provision that sunsets at a lower threshold.
  • Biodiesel producers should be allowed the option of using either a cetane test or a Celsius cloud point test for purposes of regulatory compliance.
  • Recognition that biodiesel and renewable diesel are both needed and should be optimized. (While renewable diesel is a valuable product, it does not have biodiesel's emissions reductions and benefits for PM, VOCs, and hydrocarbons.)

NBB and other CBA member companies, especially biodiesel producers, have gone on record with similar comments. A workshop to discuss regulatory language will be held in November. Related agency documents are posted here:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/diesel/altdiesel/biodiesel.htm.  

Senate Dems Say RFS Cut
Would Undermine Climate Change Goals  

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter

A pair of Senate Democrats yesterday urged President Obama to reverse proposed cuts to the nation's biofuel blending mandate.


Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said in a letter to the president that the administration is in danger of undermining its climate change goals if it goes through with the proposed reductions.


EPA last November proposed to scale back the nation's 2014 mandates for conventional ethanol and advanced biofuels an overall 16 percent compared to the levels Congress anticipated when it passed into law the renewable fuel standard in 2007. A final version of the rule currently at the White House for review is expected to increase the targets but still come in under the RFS levels.


"If adopted, this rule would increase, not decrease, carbon pollution," Markey and Boxer wrote in the letter yesterday. "The RFS is a critical piece of our nation's climate mitigation policies."

The senators' message echoes concerns made by the advanced biofuels industry over the last few months about EPA's proposal (Greenwire, Sept. 22). Markey and Boxer cite a recent analysis by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a biofuels trade group, that found the rule as proposed would increase net carbon pollution by 28.2 million metric tons -- or the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of nearly 6 million cars -- in 2014 compared to what could be achieved by retaining the renewable fuel standard.


The senators also accused EPA of relying on a "questionable reading" of the renewable fuel standard in its reasoning behind the proposed decrease. EPA based its proposal on the "blend wall," the term used to represent the 10 percent saturation level of ethanol in the fuel market, which it said limited the amount of ethanol that it could mandate be used in gasoline this year. The agency also cited a slower-than-expected ramp-up in the nation's domestic advanced biofuels industry.


Markey and Boxer wrote that EPA's rule would allow oil companies to escape their RFS obligations and warned that it could drive investment in the advanced biofuels sector overseas.

"EPA's proposed rule would not only increase carbon pollution, but would also derail our efforts to attract investment to critical U.S. innovation markets and drive the development of fuels that further reduce carbon pollution in the long-term," they wrote.


Biofuels groups applauded the letter.


"This is a pretty important statement," said Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council. "Two Democratic leaders on the issues of alternative fuels, innovation and carbon -- from the committee of jurisdiction -- are telling the president that he is in the wrong place on the RFS."


Opponents of the renewable fuel standard today pushed back against the letter.


"If the senators really were sincere about the environmental impact of the RFS as opposed to their rote attack on the oil industry, they would be better served by reading EPA data indicating corn ethanol actually increases GHG emissions compared to gasoline or that EPA and [National Academy of Sciences] studies show that the higher RFS volumes raise ozone levels," Stephen Brown, vice president and counsel for Tesoro Corp., said via email.


Some environmental groups have said that EPA's proposal would lead to less carbon dioxide emissions. Lowering the corn ethanol mandate by 1.4 billion gallons, the level in EPA's November proposal, would reduce emissions by the equivalent of taking 580,000 cars off the road, according to a May report by the Environmental Working Group that has been faulted by a group of scientists (Greenwire, May 29).


New campaign launched


EPA's final rule could be released any day, but some industry observers expect that the agency will not issue it until after the midterm elections. As the White House continues its review of the rule, a pro-RFS coalition of biofuels, agricultural and national security interests today launched a new campaign highlighting campaign contributions from the oil industry.


The ads, which are running digitally in Capitol Hill publications, say that oil industry-affiliated interests have spent $1.1 trillion since 2008 in lobbying Congress and campaign contributions. They urge Obama to not "cave in" to oil lobbying and reduce the renewable fuel standard. Oil industry trade groups have been calling for the full repeal of the renewable fuel standard by Congress.


The ads are paid for by the Fuels America coalition and will run for a week


(The Hill)

Robert Redford Urges Donations for Braley


Robert Redford is lending support to his "friend" Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), in an attempt to woo last-minute campaign donations just days ahead of one of the tightest Senate races in the country.


In an email sent out by Braley's campaign on Monday, the actor, director and environmental activist writes, "Americans deserve a senator who understands the growing importance of climate change on our communities and our economy."


Redford says that Braley's Republican opponent, Joni Ernst, "opposes the Renewable Fuel Standard and said over and over again that if she were senator, she'd eliminate the [Environmental Protection Agency]."


"I don't call that leadership," the 77-year-old Academy Award winner says, "I call that passing the buck."


A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found that Ernst, a state senator, holds a 2-point lead over Braley.


Redford asks that supporters donate $5 or more to Braley's Senate campaign.

"There are only 8 more days left until Election Day. Help me get Bruce the support he needs to win." 

Bay Area Clean Cities Biodiesel Summit  

Highlights Fleet Success in SF, San Jose, and New York 


SF Muni Bus  

On October 7th, the Bay Area Clean Cities Coalitions presented their first Bay Area Biodiesel Summit at the Main SF Library. The Summit brought together biodiesel experts in policy, fuel sourcing, technical issues, and fleet management to talk about biodiesel to an audience of regulators, fuel distributors, and fleet managers.  


Laying a solid foundation of technical definitions and issues was Scott Fenwick, Technical Director, National Biodiesel Board (NBB), who covered biodiesel and renewable diesel. Don Scott, Director of Sustainability, NBB, presented the latest information on biodiesel's many benefits , including environmental, health, and many more. Discussing some key California policy issues, Shelby Neal, Director of State Government Affairs, NBB, touched on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard re-adoption and Alternative Diesel Fuel rulemaking processes currently underway. The state's history with biodiesel in USTs and the permanent UST regulation were discussed by Celia DuBose, Executive Director, CBA.  


Marty Mellera, Manager, Climate Action and Greening, San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SMTA), and Dan Sunseri, Fleet Manager, City of San Jose inspired the group with presentations on the success of their programs. Keynote speaker Keith Kerman, Chief Fleet Officer, New York City and Deputy Commissioner, Department of Citywide Administrative Services, pumped up the inspiration level with details of the success of their programs, including local laws mandating biodiesel use in buildings and vehicles. Biodiesel is literally at the top of the list of these great cities' GHG reduction and/or sustainability programs. You can see some of these great stats in the summit presentations (link below). 


The event wrapped up with Dolores Santos, Fuel Supply Expert, Oil Price Information Service, and Eric Bowen, Vice President, Renewable Energy Group, bringing years of combined experience in the fuels industry and biodiesel specifically to their discussion of fuel sourcing and much more. 


Organized by the San Francisco Clean Cities chapter with the help of the NBB and CBA, the summit was the first of what we hope will be many more to come.





BIODIESEL MAGAZINE: Baker Commodities acquires New Leaf Biofuel

The rendering company seeks to add value to the fats and oil it produces through biodiesel production
By Ron Kotrba | October 08, 2014

Rendering firm Baker Commodities Inc. announced Oct. 7 that it has acquired a controlling interest in New Leaf Biofuel, a 6 MMgy biodiesel facility in San Diego. Baker Commodities says its purchase of New Leaf allows it to expand into other markets that vertically integrate with its rendering operations, adding value to the fats and oils it produces.

"We are excited to have New Leaf Biofuel as a division that will continue the recycling of fats and oils into an environmentally clean and sustainable fuel for all Californians to use," said Jim Andreoli, Jr., co-president of Baker Commodities. "As renderers, we in the industry have been recycling fats and proteins for hundreds of years, and to be able to use these materials to further support our society's needs is a natural fit for our rendering business."

New Leaf Biofuel has been operating since 2006, converting used cooking oil into biodiesel used in commercial and municipal fleets throughout California. New Leaf Biofuel President Jennifer Case and her husband Tyler Case, vice president of operations, will work with Baker as general operators of New Leaf Biofuel. "We couldn't be happier about becoming part of Baker Commodities," said Case. "We are both family-owned businesses and share very similar philosophies and corporate sustainability goals. We're excited to help the company in its future growth."



BIOFUELS DIGEST: Simple Fuels buying Yokayo Biofuels to boost Sierra-region service

October 14, 2014 | Meghan Sapp

In California, Simple Fuels is in the process of buying Ukiah-based Yokayo Biofuels. The takeover will ensure continued production of used cooking oil-based biodiesel in the Sierras region with fuel prices remaining the same at $4.70 per gallon. The company will also pick up Yokayo's former oil collection route. Plans are being developed to have two 24-hour, card-access pumps in the area to supply biodiesel, whereas the company currently can only man the pump from 1:30pm to 5:30pm during the work week.



THE RECORD-COURIER: Oregon company buys Bently Biofuels  

Staff Reports | October 7, 2014

An Oregon company has purchased Bently Biofuels, according to a statement issued by Bently Enterprises on Tuesday.

"After much deliberation, Bently Enterprises determined that, with the sale of Bently Biofuels, they would be able to fully focus on the production of quality products from Bently Ranch, specifically Bently Ranch Meats, and Bently Heritage Estate Distillery, as both businesses are more in alignment with the sustainable products that are consistent with Carson Valley's agricultural heritage," Bently Enterprises said in a statement issued Tuesday morning. "Bently Enterprises was thrilled to work with SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel, a dynamic company from Oregon, excited by Bently's service area, especially in the California market. Bently Enterprises realized SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel would be the ideal company to continue the biofuels process that was founded and perfected by a great biofuels team in Minden."

Bently Biofuels was founded by Don Bently to convert cooking grease and other materials into diesel fuel.

The company is one of the reasons Douglas County has regularly topped Nevada's list of recycling communities.





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CBA supports the comments of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). NBB has submitted letters on technical issues, including indirect land use change (ILUC). See all comments posted by workshop date on CARB's 2014 LCFS Re-Adoption Letters webpage at:  



LCFS READOPTION: Fuel Availability  

CBA's public comments responding to the information presented at CARB's September 25th Fuel Availability pointed out that the agency's own presentation cited that volumes of U.S. biodiesel are more than adequate to fulfill California market demands through 2020 and beyond. Recent statements by the National Biodiesel Board cite that U.S. production has grown from slightly over 1 billion gallons in 2012 to almost 2 billion gallons in 2013. A 2013 survey of CBA members showed that with a scenario of government policy and economic factors at a medium level of desirability in-state production could reach 71 million gallons in 2015 (more than double 2013 volumes) and up to 188.6 million gallons by 2020.


LCFS READOPTION: Compliance Curves and Cost Containment   

On October 27th, CARB held a workshop announcing their intention to stick with the LCFS' original mandate of a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of fuels by 2020. Staff presented different scenarios for ramping up to that goal between 2016 and 2020 based on their assumptions of fuel volumes and CIs and continuing to draw-down banked credits. Their projections show that banked credits should exceed 10 million by the end of the last quarter of 2015.     


Staff also presented their preferred cost containment mechanism, the Credit Clearance option, designed to allow "compliance in the event of tight credit supply in order to avoid the possibility of a low-probability but high-impact price spike." Staff is seeking feedback, specifically requesting comments on:

  • A price cap of $200/credit (1 MTCO2e) in 2016
  • An interest rate at 3 percent on accumulated deficits 
  • The need for a price floor and where such a floor price should be set 

Comments are due November 17th. Please see the detailed meeting presentation at:    




The following opportunity, which includes diesel substitutes, is excerpted from an 10.27.14 email notice from the CEC:


Program Opportunity Notice PON-14-602

Biofuels Early & Pre-Commercial Technology Development
Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

Pre-Proposal Abstract Due: December 17, 2014.
Deadline to Submit Full Proposals: March 26, 2015 by 3:00 p.m.

The California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) announces the availability of up to $3 million in grant funds for biofuels projects that are in the early/pre-commercial technology development stage. This solicitation will put emphasis on transformative technology solutions to significant biofuels industry problems that increase yields, productivity, or cost effectiveness of biofuel production; and/or that target a significant unmet need in California's biofuels industry.

There will be one Pre-Application Workshop; participation in this meeting is optional but encouraged. The Pre-Application Workshop will be held through in-person participation, WebEx, and conference call.

November 14, 2014: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
California Energy Commission, Hearing Room B
1516 9th Street, Sacramento, CA  95814

For more information:



The following is excerpted from an 10.27.14 email notice from the Water Board:




The deadline for removal of all singled-walled USTs is December 31, 2025. Loans and grants are available through the RUST program to assist eligible small businesses to remove single-walled USTs and to replace them with double-walled USTs. If you are eligible for RUST funding, you cannot begin work until you have a grant or loan executed by the State Water Board. Upon UST removal, if a release has occurred, owners/operators may need to undertake corrective action (i.e., investigate and clean up the release). Filing a claim application with the UST Cleanup Fund, completing corrective action, and receiving reimbursement for eligible corrective action costs is a lengthy process. The deadline for submittal of a claim application to the UST Cleanup Fund for reimbursement of eligible costs for corrective action is December 31, 2024. The UST Cleanup Fund sunsets on January 1, 2026. Do not delay. 


Information on eligibility requirements for RUST grants and loans can be found at:


Information on eligibility requirements for reimbursement for corrective action by
the UST Cleanup Fund can be found at:



AB 1566, a bill making it harder for grease thieves to continue taking their very costly toll on our industry, was signed by Governor Brown.

AB 2756, which included language that would have provided for a diesel tax refund to a supplier for that portion of biodiesel fuel removed from the terminal rack as a dyed biodiesel fuel, was vetoed by the Governor on 09/29/2014. His veto message did not mention anything related to this part of the bill. CBA will pursue this issue in the next legislative session.




Below are updates on some key federal policy issues. Please contact the Washington office of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) at 202-737-8801 for further details.  


With Congress in recess until after the November elections, the NBB is urging engagement with local members of Congress to educate them on our industry's policy issues, and show them first-hand the impact our industry is having on the local economy.  



When Congress reconvenes, there will be just four weeks of scheduled legislative activity before the holidays, and the NBB will be pushing hard on the biodiesel tax incentive. We will keep you posted on what you can do. 



As part of its non-stop efforts in support of a stronger RFS rule for 2014, the NBB is working on a letter from a larger group of senators and has already begun to urge the EPA to act swiftly on the process for establishing 2015 volumes.




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  • Discount on CBA's annual California Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Conference.
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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.    


Celia DuBose

Executive Director

California Biodiesel Alliance