The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) will join forces and see a membership increase by inviting Renewable Diesel producers on board, says the organization’s CEO Joe Jobe. He says like biodiesel, renewable diesel falls in the category of Biomass-Based Diesel under the Advanced Biofuels portion of the RFS.
Jobe tells Brownfield Ag News, “It’s similar but it’s made with a different technology, a different process. But, it works and blends with diesel fuel in conventional diesel engines just like biodiesel does. We really kind of share the same space, the same markets, in the renewable fuels standard (RFS).”
And it’s the Renewable Fuels Standard that the group is working hard to maintain. Jobe says petroleum interests are trying to keep biomass out of the marketplace but the biomass diesel industry is trying to diversify the transportation fuel supply to look more like the power generation fuel supply. Jobe says, “You’ve got coal and natural gas and nuclear and hydro and wind, solar, biomass, geo-thermal. All these are very diversified, all regionally abundant and all domestic.”
Jobe tells Brownfield the National Biodiesel Board just met in Washington and is working to show lawmakers how important biodiesel tax incentives and the RFS are, “The Renewable Fuels Standard is really working to draw renewable fuels into the marketplace.”
Jobe says this is a great time for biodiesel production – in 2012 they topped one-Billion gallons for a second year in a row and this year they’re on track for a 50-to-60-percent increase from last year.