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Biodiesel Bulletin - Nov. 1, 2006


"Dr. Ann C. Wilkie" <[log in to unmask]>


Dr. Ann C. Wilkie


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The Biodiesel Bulletin
A Monthly Publication of the National Biodiesel Board

November 1, 2006
In This Issue:

Bioheat® Fuel Makes Official Debut For Cold Season
Dodge Ram Leads the Way in Promoting Use of Biodiesel
President Called for Greater Biodiesel Use at "Advancing Renewable Energy"
An Eye on the Future: New Biodiesel Specification
Methanol Handling Matters: Seminars Upcoming
Good Closers - and Openers - Step up to the Plate for NBB Conf.
More Rockers Rolling on Biodiesel 	
Governors, Legislatures Pave Way for Greater use of Biodiesel
Imperium Renewables Announces Nation’s Largest Biodiesel Plant


Bioheat® Fuel Makes Official Debut For Cold Season

As the home heating season approaches, consumers who use heating oil now
have a new option that is cleaner-burning and domestically produced. The
use of Bioheat® fuel for home heating systems is gaining ground as an
oilheat product.

Bioheat® fuel is made from a combination of biodiesel and generic
heating oil, making it a superior product for the environment, and for
the heating system’s operation.  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and
National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) have recently trademarked the
term and launched the official logo for this product.

To make Bioheat® home heating oil, fuel dealers blend ASTM D 6751
biodiesel with ASTM D 396 heating oil. Oilheat distributors blend
Bioheat® fuel, mostly in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states, as
blends from B2 (two percent biodiesel and 98 percent diesel) to B20.
Inclusion of five percent biodiesel in oilheat, or B5, will be the
overall objective of both NBB and NORA as the market progresses.	

The NBB secured the term “Bioheat®” for use in identifying home heating
oil blended with biodiesel, and sublicensed it to NORA so it can also
help broaden the use of the fuel and its identity.  Both will share use
of the trademarked term and logo. A sub-license agreement for dealers is
available on the NORA Web site, [[ ]], on the
“News” page.

Bioheat® fuel is growing, thanks in part to favorable legislation like
state tax credits in New York.  Bioheat® oilheat provides the same
benefits as biodiesel: enhanced energy security; lower emissions and
odor (depending on blend); and economic development. Further, Bioheat®
heating oil use shows a decrease in NOx emissions.

The National Oilheat Research Alliance was established in 2001 by act of
Congress to provide for research and development, education and training
and consumer education.

Dodge Ram Leads the Way in Promoting Use of Biodiesel

The Cardinals may have won the World Series, but the Rams are also
generating attention in St. Louis – the Dodge Rams, that is.

Representatives from [[ DaimlerChrysler ]] hit the streets of St. Louis
last month in the new 2007 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty Diesel Pickup to make an
announcement. Chrysler Group will fuel every 2007 Dodge Ram diesel
coming off the assembly line at the company’s Fenton, Missouri north
plant with B5, a diesel blend containing 5 percent biodiesel made from
soybeans grown in the U.S.

The Dodge Ram’s B5 factory fueling builds on a similar program
implemented first with the company’s Jeep® Liberty CRD and continued
with the recently announced 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD. The company
has also approved the use of B20 in the Ram for fleet use.

The Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 2500/3500 series diesel pickup trucks are
powered by the 5.9-liter Cummins turbo-diesel engine. Beginning in
January 2007, the vehicles will be built with the new Cummins 6.7-liter
turbo-diesel engine and will meet all Federal and state environmental

President Called for Greater Biodiesel Use at "Advancing Renewable Energy"

President George W. Bush emphasized how renewable fuels, like biodiesel,
can help America. He made his remarks in St. Louis at the Advancing
Renewable Energy conference, hosted by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in October. The
DaimlerChrysler announcement was done in conjunction with that event.

In his remarks at the event, the President said America is too dependent
on foreign oil. “We’ve got to change our habits if we want to remain the
economic leader of the world.”

Bush also described his May 2005 visit to a biodiesel plant in Virginia.
He saw soybean oil processed into American-made biodiesel that also
boosted the local economy and benefited the environment.

“It makes a lot of sense for us to continue to invest in biodiesel
technologies to make the production process even more efficient,” Bush
said today. “Technology will enable us to be able to say we can grow our
economy and protect our environment at the same time.”

An Eye on the Future: New Biodiesel Specification

ASTM International released in October a new standard for biodiesel that
will help ensure that biodiesel blends of up to 20 percent will be
compatible with future diesel exhaust emissions technology. The new
standard, D 6751-06a, adds new limits on calcium and magnesium, which
can be introduced during the biodiesel manufacturing process.

“The biodiesel industry is committed to working with engine makers and
exhaust after-treatment companies to do what it takes to boost
automakers’ support of biodiesel blends with new diesel technology,”
said Steve Howell, National Biodiesel Board Technical Director and
Chairman of the ASTM Task Force on biodiesel standards. “That means
ensuring that high quality fuel specifications exist, which recognize
and adapt to important changes in diesel technology.”

The new changes address the potential of small levels of calcium and
magnesium on particulate traps. Previous changes to limit sodium and
potassium, used as catalysts in the biodiesel manufacturing process,
passed earlier this year. Particulate traps are needed to meet EPA 2007
emissions standards, which reduce particulate matter by more than 90%
from new diesel engines.

Although the changed specification covers pure biodiesel, the majority
of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) view the adoption of an ASTM
blended fuel specification as a key component for full, universal
acceptance of B20.

A subcommittee vote on an ASTM B20 specification will happen in
December. Depending on the results, final approval for biodiesel blend
specifications could come as early as the spring or summer of 2007.

Methanol Handling Matters: Seminars Upcoming

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has recognized methanol safety as a
serious issue in need of educational efforts for some time.  Earlier
this year, NBB began working with Methanex, the world’s largest producer
of methanol, to set up a series of web-based seminars on safety.  The
first of these important workshops will take place on Dec. 6.

The webinars will help raise awareness about existing legal,
environmental and safety requirements.  It is critical that biodiesel
producers are fully aware of these regulations.

“To serve our members and industry as a whole, we are happy to work with
Methanex to provide this service,” said Donnell Rehagen, Chief
Operations Officer of NBB. “We want to help ensure that biodiesel
producers have the foremost safety resources.”

These free workshops will be open to NBB members and other methanol
handlers. Registration will be first-come, first-serve and a link to it
will be provided on [[ ]]

This workshop will be repeated at the National Biodiesel Conference &
Expo Feb. 4-7 in San Antonio. More methanol safety training sessions
will be offered as needed.

In October, NBB started offering web-based teleseminars on proper
biodiesel fuel handling. Methanex, an NBB member, is headquartered in

Good Closers - and Openers - Step up to the Plate for NBB Conf.

Washington D.C. and Nashville meet in San Antonio for the National
Biodiesel Conference and Expo in February. The Congressional rock band
The Second Amendments performing at the opening night reception, and
political pundit couple James Carville & Mary Matalin closing the
conference, reflect this biggest year yet for the conference. Likewise,
[[ Merle Haggard ]] will start off biodiesel’s
first political action committee (PAC) in a big way.

“With escalating gas prices and dwindling petroleum resources, biodiesel
is the next step towards a solution to the world’s energy crisis and a
way to diminish dependency upon foreign oil,” said Haggard.  The
legendary country singer will perform at the PAC reception the second
day of the conference.

Other event highlights include biodiesel supporters Larry Hagman of
“Dallas” fame and Bill Mack, the XM Satellite Cowboy.  Dr. John G.
Stoessinger, internationally recognized political analyst and
prize-winning author of “The Might of Nations,” as well as networking
activities like a Super Bowl party and a golf tournament will balance
out the conference. You won’t want to miss this Feb. 4-7 conference in
San Antonio.

A record number of biodiesel marketers, feedstock growers, fuel
distributors, government leaders and biodiesel users attended the 2006
meeting, New to the rich educational program for 2007 will be an
additional track on production. The conference, to be held at the Henry
B. Gonzales Convention Center, will include an array of networking and
social events in this dynamic city, along with the Expo, showcasing more
than 175 booths.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and sponsors host the National
Biodiesel Conference and Expo. Early Bird specials significantly lower
the price of registration. Register by November 17 to get those rates,
at [[ ]].

More Rockers Rolling on Biodiesel

British rock band [[ Gomez ]] kicked
off their North American tour last month burning cleaner and greener
with biodiesel fuel in their tour bus and a multitude of eco-friendly
initiatives as part of the partnership with [[ Clif Bar & Co.'s GreenNotes program ]].

"We've spent the best part of ten years flying and driving the length
and breadth of the U.S.,” said Tom Gray, vocalist and instrumentalist,
“and have recognized the need to reduce the environmental impact of
touring. Now, through the GreenNotes Program, with the help of Clif Bar,
we've already reduced our CO2 emissions by over 150,000 lbs. We're
off-setting tour emissions using biodiesel, using recycled materials and
sourcing services locally."

The Barenaked Ladies are also getting into the act by burning B20 in
their 4 buses and 3 trucks.

“We're looking forward to reducing the amount of waste and CO2 emissions
we create on tour,” said Barenaked Ladies bassist/vocalist Jim Creeggan.
“Now that technologies like biodiesel, renewable energy and compostable
products are available, it has made it possible for us to take action
against environmental threats. We hope the concert industry will take
the opportunity to use these innovations as well. There isn't time to wait.”

For more information on tour dates and on biodiesel usage, visit [[ ]] and [[ ]]

Willie Nelson, [[ ]] continues using and promoting
biodiesel. National Biodiesel Board members Bob Metz and Ed Hegland
visited with Willie Nelson about the future of renewable, homegrown
fuels at Farm Aid a month ago.

"Not only has the American family farmer been able to feed the world,"
Nelson said, "but now they can help power it as well. We're searching
the world over for fuel sources while the answer has been growing in our
backyard the entire time. Farm Aid started out to save family farmers
and now it seems that they are going to end up saving us."

Governors, Legislatures Pave Way for Greater use of Biodiesel

Supporting a drive to boost the economy and promote cleaner-burning
fuels, several governors have announced state energy initiatives this
year that will likely increase biodiesel availability and use. Newly
created incentives, grants and tax credits will help biodiesel enhance
local economies while reducing pollution.
State legislation involving biodiesel is at an all-time high.  The
National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has monitored more than 275 pieces of
biodiesel legislation in the 2006 state sessions.
Among the proposals announced or enacted in this year’s sessions:
•	Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano signed an executive order in
September committing the state to reduce carbon dioxide and other
greenhouse gas emissions and creating a state panel to develop a plan to
achieve the goal.  This includes recommendations for increasing
renewable energy use and production of biodiesel and ethanol.
•	California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an Executive Order
that, among other things, establishes a target for the state of
California to produce and use a minimum of 20 percent of its biofuels
within California by 2010, 40 percent by 2020, and 75 percent by 2050.
Biofuels includes both ethanol and biodiesel.

•	Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels  signed an extension of a law that
increases the maximum amount of credits that may be granted for
biodiesel production, biodiesel blending and ethanol production. It also
extends the tax credit for the retail sale of blended biodiesel to 2010.

•	Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm announced in August that the state
is setting aside $250,000 to help service station owners convert
gasoline pumps to alternative fuel pumps.  The hope is that the grants
will lead to 1,000 alternative fuel pumps installed or converted by 2008
-- a 20 percent increase.  This is the second round of grants being made
available by the state.

•	Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell launched a new plan in May --
“PennSecurity Fuels Initiative” -- to reduce the nation’s dependence on
foreign oil by replacing 900 million gallons of the state’s
transportation fuels over the next decade with alternative sources, such
as ethanol and biodiesel.  It also requires that a certain percentage of
retail transportation fuel sales contain eligible fuels such as
biodiesel, and it also invests in infrastructure.

For more on state legislation, visit

Imperium Renewables Announces Nation’s Largest Biodiesel Plant

Imperium Renewables last week celebrated a groundbreaking on what would
be the largest biodiesel plant in the U.S., once it is operational next
year. The company is building a manufacturing facility at the Port of
Grays Harbor in Washington.

“We stand here today to celebrate not just the foundation of a physical
plant, but the foundation of an entire movement,” said John Plaza,
founder and president of Imperium Renewables, “a movement away from our
dependence on foreign oil toward reliance on renewable, home grown
biofuels. A movement away from heat trapping petroleum fuels to cooler,
clean burning biodiesel. A movement away from old energy economy despair
to new energy economy promise. I am thrilled to see this great facility
begin to take shape.”

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks were among the
dignitaries involved at the event.

Imperium Renewables is a member of the National Biodiesel Board. The
company reports its Imperium Grays Harbor plant will producer up to 100
million gallons of biodiesel fuel mainly from soybean, canola oil and
other extracts. Imperium Renewables hopes to become the single largest
purchaser of canola oil in the state once the plant is up and running.
Its current plant, Seattle Biodiesel, has a five million gallons per
year capacity.

Upcoming Events

Edible Oil '06-Biodiesel in the Food Channel3rd Biodiesel Investor
November 9
Mid-America Club, Chicago

OPIS Ethanol & Biodiesel Management
November 15-17, 2006
Houston, Texas; Westin Galleria

Financing Ethanol and Biodiesel Projects and Investment Opportunities in
F.O. Licht
Nov. 21-22, 2006

2006 European Biofuels Forum
World Refining Association/The Energy Exchange
Nov. 21-22
Warsaw, Poland

Future Fuels USA
CWC Group
Nov. 27, 2006
Washington, DC

4th Int.'l Expert Congress for Biofuels of BBE & UFOP
Union for Promoting Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP)
November 27-28

Bioenergy World Americas
Nov. 29-Dec. 3
Salvador, Brazil

Biofuels Markets Africa
Green Power Conferences
Nov. 31-Dec. 1
Cape Town, South Africa; Southern Sun Hotel

World Biofuels Markets Congress - Exhibition
March 6-9, 2007
Brussels Expo, Belgium

March 14-16, 2007
FIBES, Seville
Seville, Spain

National Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Conference
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVI)
April 1-4, 2007
Anaheim, CA

Clean Moves Expo
April 16-20, 2007
Hannover Fair, Germany

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