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March 26-28, 2014 in San Francisco
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CALSTART is a national organization working with more than 130 member companies to accelerate the growth of the clean transportation technology industry.
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The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States.
Operating our own biodiesel dedicated rail fleet - Targray is a leader in North American biodiesel supply.
Serving more than 35,000 customers, SC Fuels is a fuel distribution and service company that delivers gasoline, diesel fuel, alternative fuels and other petroleum products in over 15 states in the United States at the most competitive prices.
CBA's 2014 Conference
CBA's successful third annual California Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Conference was held on January 20th, 2014 at the SanDiego Convention Center and was co-located with the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.
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Bakersfield, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/20/2014 -- Targray, a leader in North American biodiesel supply, is pleased to announce a new inventory location for biodiesel in Bakersfield, CA. Service for B99 and B100 began in mid February 2014. Targray will supply biodiesel to its growing customer base in California using the terminal's 24/7 truck rack.
Targray to Market Biodiesel from Bakersfield Terminal
Biofuels leader expands to meet growing distribution needs
"Targray has been a major supplier of biodiesel by railcar to the California market. We are pleased to take it a step further by providing our customers with this strategic California inventory location, able to serve both the North and the South," said Andrew Richardson, President of Targray.
"We have several active customers in California," states Dan Murray, Targray Vice President. "We are now reaching out to them to make them aware that they can pick up full truckloads or even splash blend with us now in Bakersfield," concludes Murray.
Targray inventory will be in place mid-February, 2014.
For more information regarding Targray's recent expansion and participation in the biofuels industry, please visit http://www.targray.com/.
CARB and CEC
Ask US EPA for Higher 2014 RFS Volumes
Argue that Proposed Reductions Could Harm State's Low Carbon Goals
On January 28th, the last day for pubic comment, the US EPA received a very important letter signed by the executive officers of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC). The joint letter opposed the EPA's proposal to keep 2014 RFS volume requirements at current levels, which would constitute effective reductions given the biodiesel industry's continued robust growth. It recommended that EPA raise the requirement for biomass-based diesel to 1.7 billion gallons per year and the advanced biofuels requirement to 2.75 billion gallons per year.
The letter detailed concerns that the reductions would negatively affect the economics of over 25 advanced biofuel projects that are currently receiving $100 million from the state government as well as the success of projects expected to reach a total of 516,000,000 gallons per year of biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels in California by the year 2020.
"Should this portfolio of advanced, low carbon biofuels projects begin to falter due to the proposed reductions, it could impede the state of California's efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020, as envisioned in the global warming solutions act and low carbon fuel standard," the letter stated.
Expressing concern about "the potential adverse impact to the financial integrity of California's biofuel industry," it went on to say that the $420 million invested by CEC in low carbon projects, which leverages $170 million in private investments and were financed with the expectation of historically strong RIN prices, will need the support of sustained robust RIN markets to continue attracting private investment for future expansion, according to surveys with grantees and stakeholders.
California's biodiesel industry, which has participated in the intensive national efforts to request higher 2014 RFS volumes for biodiesel by sending its own comment letter and getting calls and emails in to the EPA and the California congressional delegation and making numerous trips to meet with key players in DC, was pleased to see this strong joint show of support from two key state agencies. We were gratified as well to see that Senator Feinstein signed a Senate letter in support of higher volumes and that Senator Boxer, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which oversees the EPA, held a hearing that included pro-biodiesel comments.
We know that the EPA has gotten our industry's messages -- all 6,300 of them. EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, told a gathering of more than 100 people at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture's conference in Virginia that her agency is listening and taking into account concerns that the proposed volumes could hurt the biofuels industry at this early stage in its development, according to Talia Buford of Politico Pro Energy on Feb 4th.
The final decision will be made in June, and it's not too late to make your voice heard. Op ed pieces and letters to the editor in your local paper are especially encouraged. For more details and talking points, visit:
CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD: AB 32
CAP AND TRADE AUCTION PROCEEDS: The Governor's 2014-15 budget proposes that $850 million be allocated from Cap and Trade auction proceeds to a range of programs targeted at sustainable communities, energy efficiency, and clean transportation, but none to biofuels production or infrastructure. Referring to the California Energy Commission's (CEC) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program, the Legislative Analyst's Office, in its 2014-15 Budget: Cap-and-Trade Auction Revenue Expenditure Plan stated that .."in order to encourage further development of these fuels and technologies, the Legislature could consider providing additional funding for these types of investments." CBA plans to work with the biofuels industry to pursue this and other options for securing funds from auction proceeds. For more information: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/auctionproceeds.htm..
CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD: ADF RULEMAKING PROCESS
On February 13th, the biodiesel industry continued its long-standing engagement with CARB staff on the Alternative Diesel Fuel (ADF) rulemaking for biodiesel by participating in a public meeting in Sacramento to discuss what was the agency's latest proposal, designed to respond to recent stakeholder concerns with the current proposal (see conference article above). The concept for regulating ADFs in the state's two extreme non-attainment regions for NOx was considered unworkable by meeting participants. As a result, CARB is working with stakeholders to resolve a range of concerns and next steps have yet to be determined. The biodiesel industry's positive relationship with CARB has been noted in public statements by CARB staff as has their belief that increasing biodiesel volumes are necessary for the success of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. NBB and CBA are very actively working to provide feedback to the agency on this critically important issue. For more information: http://arb.ca.gov/fuels/diesel/altdiesel/biodiesel.htm.
CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD: LOW CARBON FUEL STANDARD (LCFS)
PUBLIC WORKSHOPS ON LCFS CHANGES: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold two public workshops regarding the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) on March 11. In the first workshop, CARB staff will discuss general updates to the LCFS regulation; in the second, staff will discuss updates to the indirect land use change (ILUC) values. CARB staff will present information about proposed revisions to LCFS, as well as a tentative schedule about when those revisions will be released. For ILUC in particular, CARB will discuss a proposal to update values for a wide variety of feedstocks, including corn, sugarcane and soy, as well as new values for canola and palm oil for biodiesel and sorghum for ethanol. Prior to the workshop, CARB will publish an "LCFS Concept Paper," which will include updates on the program that will be addressed during the workshop. Both workshops will be at CARB's headquarters in Sacramento. The LCFS workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and the ILUC workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/lcfs_meetings.htm.
LCFS PATHWAYS: CARB has posted two LCFS Method 2 biodiesel pathways applications for public comment by March 2nd. Methes Energies Canada applied for a UCO and a corn oil (Dry DGS) pathway. Also, of note is that Neste Oil applied a renewable diesel pathway for tallow from New Zealand. Details are available here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/2a2b/2a-2b-com.htm.
LEGAL ISSUES: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) attorney Tim O'Connor, speaking at the NBB conference on January 22nd, announced that the Ninth Circuit Court had denied a rehearing en banc (before all the judges of the court) to the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, whose unsuccessful challenge to the constitutionality of California's LCFS was heard by a three-judge panel. Regarding a possible petition to the Supreme Court, he said that while a petition for writ of certiorari was expected to be filed, the rarity of the Supreme Court granting any petition for review meant it was not likely to be granted in this case. He also said the case is likely to be reheard in the lower District court on other matters.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION (CEC): AB 118 FUNDING
PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY NOTICE (PON): On January 15th, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced $24 million in grants for pilot and commercial-scale advanced biofuels production facilities for new, low-carbon biofuel production facilities, projects at existing biofuel production facilities that expand or modify facilities to increase production capacity or projects that lower the carbon intensity of fuels produced at existing biorefineries. More information on the solicitation, which allocates $9 million each for biomass diesel and ethanol and $6 million for biomethane can be found here: http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts. Interested parties are encouraged to subscribe to the CEC's Alt Fuels Listserv on that page to stay informed of upcoming solicitations.
INVESTMENT PLAN: At the February 10th public meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVT Program), Advisory Committee member Joe Gershen presented CBA's public comments on the program's 2014-2015 Investment Plan. He continued the call for metric-based decision making, which is being increasingly echoed by other Advisory Committee members. The draft calls for $20 million for the pool categories Biomethane Production, Gasoline Substitutes Production, and Diesel Substitutes Production. Relevant documents can be found here: http://www.energy.ca.gov/2013-ALT-02/background.html.
STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD: UST REGULATIONS
The new permanent UST law that took effect in June of 2012 was discussed at CBA's January 20th conference by Laura S. Fisher, Chief, UST Technical Unit, State Water Resources Control Board. She explained 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. Detailing that the new regulation applies only to double-walled components with an existing UL listing for petroleum and that statements may only come from the manufacturer of the component (and that If there are later conflicting statements, UL prevails), she clarified that the Water Board gathers these statements, reviews them, then posts them on their website (CBA did this prior to the new law).
The agency also posts Leak Detection Equipment information for diesel, all of which is approved for B6 through B20 meeting ASTMD7467 and biodiesel B100 meeting ASTM D6751 whether or not these alternative fuels are included on individual data sheet (check their site for the few exceptions). She also let the group know that NBB has proposed to work with the National Leak Detection Workgroup on listing or testing equipment with blends B21 - B99 and to work with UL on testing and/or listing of biodiesel blends above B20.
The new Affirmative Statement of Compatibility by Manufacturer forms can be found at the Water Board 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 come in, but revised forms are not labeled as such. Also, please be advised that your CUPA may require engineering approvals for non-integral secondary containment (sumps and UDCs).