Advanced Biofuels Gets Court Win

NBB-logo1Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the advanced biofuels requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Biodiesel is classified in the RFS as an advanced biofuels, and last year more than 1 billion gallons were produced by U.S. biodiesel producers. In response, the National Biodiesel Board’s Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs made the following statement:

“This is just the latest in a series of cases in which the oil industry has tried unsuccessfully to re-litigate the standards for renewable fuels, and it is yet another victory for our nation’s shift toward cleaner, more diverse energy supplies,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. “The fact is that the RFS is a very effective program for improving U.S. energy security, creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We look forward to working constructively with our partners in the petroleum industry to meet these goals moving forward.”

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  1. It always pleases me to hear that friends are doing well, and thus I am delighted that NBB prevailed in this case.
    It is no less heartening to hear overtures of peace among friends. While Ms. Steckel’s tone remains that of a critical admonition it is at least a hopeful sign that at least on the Biodiesel side they recognize that the most productive strategy would be to co-opt the petroleum industry as partners rather than remain adversarial. The growth in transportation fuel demand will be putting additional strain on a constrained supply.

    I hope, too, that the petroleum industry recognizes that investing in biofuel capacity building is just a logical expansion of their capacity and not a threat to their dominance any time in the foreseeable future. The incredible profitability of the major multinational petroleum companies would serve their shareholders well if invested in renewable fuels. I hope, also, that they quickly realize that a $600,000 investment spread over several years in Craig Venter’s research is a pittance, slightly less than the cost of a single new off-shore drilling platform (drill ship) (see http://oilandgas-investments.com/2012/investing/offshore-drilling-exploration-investing/ ) and a lot less than one of the big floating platforms.

    I most sincerely hope that biofuels will also bring clean energy solutions to countries and regions where little or no economic development have ever been seen. There is, after all, hardly any place on this planet that does not have sunlight, CO2 and algae at least as a starting point.

    Sincerely,
    Stafford “Doc” Williamson