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According to the real-time counter on the homepage of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), it's been 108 days since the $1.00 per gallon biodiesel tax credit expired. With an entire industry stalled and no clear end to the biodiesel purgatory in sight, more and more groups are petitioning their legislators to bring the tax credit back. Most recently, the National Association of Truckstop Operators (NATSO) added its voice to the growing roar of angry alt-fuel proponents.
It's not an easy time to be a biofuel promoter. Plug-ins are getting all of the automaker and government support, and lingering questions about biofuel's impact on the environment and food prices can have people shying away. When it comes to biodiesel, dealing with different levels of the plant-based fuel in the petroleum and questions about OEM warranty issues can impact a person's or fleet's decision whether or not to use B5 or B20 or B99 or stick with straight petroleum.
Will American farmers continue get Federal help to grow biodiesel feedstock? Under the current compromise in the Farm Bill that's going through a reauthorization, the answer to that question is yes. But the White House is apparently going to veto the biodiesel provisions that allow farmers who make up to $2.5m a year still qualify for crop subsidies. Rumor is that an official verdict might be coming out today sometime.
In early February, two biodiesel conventions will be held in the Kissimmee/Orlando area in Florida. The first is the 5th Annual Sustainable Biodiesel Summit (SBS) on the 2nd and 3rd. Directly following that, the National Biodiesel Board will host its National Biodiesel Conference & Expo 2008 from the 3rd to the 6th. Both events will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. The NBB says the organizers are "expecting [the] 2008 [conference] to break all past attendance and ex
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a bill called the Biodiesel Promotion and Quality Assurance Act of 2007 back in June. As should be pretty obvious from the title, the bill looks to make biodiesel more available and better quality. So far, the bill hasn't gotten very far, but now House of Representatives is starting up a biodiesel debate.
Every five years, a Farm Bill makes it way through the U.S. Congress, and it attracts a host of interests, like fruit and vegetable growers this year, who try to make the Farm Bill work for them. This year, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is joining the ranks clamoring for special attention.
Perhaps that prediction of a biodiesel glut will come true. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is certainly reporting we're making a lot more biodiesel, with the recent announcment that U.S. biodiesel production will likely triple in 2006, to 250 million gallons. Government incentives are the main reason for this growth, the NBB said, and the trend is expected to continue in 2007.
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) would like everyone to know that there is more to Austin, Texas than live music: it's also the town with the most retail stores selling biodiesel (B20) in the United States. Coincidentally, there are twenty B20 pumps in Austin, most of them recently-biodieseled Shell stations. There are also three stations that sell either B100 or B99. The NBB estimates there are over 800 public biodiesel pumps across the country.
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