Making History, Creating Policy

By Biorefining Magazine Staff | November 21, 2011

1/16. Presented by the California Biodiesel Alliance and Biodiesel Magazine, the California Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Conference is the first event of its kind and will serve as the state’s most important conversation between policymakers, investors, researchers, producers and fuel users regarding the economic and environmental benefits of producing, distributing and utilizing biodiesel and other forms of renewable diesel.

Join the California Biodiesel Alliance and Biodiesel Magazine in this inaugural event Jan. 16 at the Marriot Marquis in beautiful downtown San Francisco.

Informative tracks include:

• New Production Technologies, Energy Integration and Financing
• The Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the California Market
• International, Federal and State Regulations and Incentives
• Advanced Feedstocks, Algae and Beyond

Since 2006, the California Biodiesel Alliance has championed the cause of biodiesel in California and has worked behind the scenes on every important issue faced by biodiesel in the state and at the national level. It has been instrumental in working with the following agencies to achieve these results:

• U.S. EPA; designing, implementing the RFS1 and RFS2 programs
• California Department of Food and Agriculture Division of Measurement Standards; on the fuel variance program and biodiesel pump labeling regulations
• The state legislature; getting proper definitions for biodiesel and renewable diesel in California
• California Air Resources Board; completing the life-cycle analysis of waste feedstock biodiesels to ensure that they receive the full benefits of their low carbon properties
• California Energy Commission; insuring that biodiesel receives a fair share of government grant funding through AB 118, specifically developing a focus on biodiesel infrastructure grants.

Some of the current challenges the California Biodiesel Alliance is helping to overcome, which will be discussed at the workshop, include ensuring California’s emissions regulations don’t unfairly subject biodiesel to laws based on old NOx data; the LCFS is properly implemented and biodiesel’s carbon reductions are fully realized in the legislation; increasing biodiesel infrastructure funding through AB 118; and developing regulations allowing for storage of biodiesel in underground tanks.