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The National Biodiesel Board has just completed the Summer 2014 issue of the quarterly BEN Newlsetter.
The BEN Newsletter is an ongoing communication tool that keeps the biodiesel community and the petroleum industry informed. The electronic newsletter is shared up and down the supply chain to dispel myths, share news, and keep everyone current with relevant information, ideas and solutions.
In this issue:
* Biodiesel Tech Corner – Exceptional Biodiesel Use
* 2014 Energy Conferences
* Upcoming Biodiesel Events
* 2014 Biodiesel Mid-term Review
* Meet the NBB
* Feature: States Standup for Biodiesel
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Bioheat® Dealer Spotlight for the Month of July goes to Lamparelli Oil!
We had the wonderful opportunity to hear Frank Lamparelli’s, President of Lamparelli Oil , Bioheat® fuel story! Lamparelli Oil provides heating oil and services to hundreds of clients in Massachusetts; the Lamparelli family follows a simple philosophy; “treat your customers the way you want to be treated.” No wonder they have been in business for 85 years and are a proud distributor of Bioheat fuel since 2007. When asked why he decided to become a Bioheat fuel dealer, Frank responded, “This is the direction the industry is going in!” Frank has received many benefits from marketing Bioheat on his website, as well, having the Bioheat logo displayed on his truck. “We have received numerous inquiries from potential and existing customers about Bioheat fuel”, said Frank. When asked why he feels other fuel dealers haven’t taken advantage of selling and marketing Bioheat fuel, Frank responded, “Resistance to change has always been a curse for the oil industry”. For more information on Lamparelli Oil, please visit their website at: http://www.franklamparelli.com/.
On Wednesday, the White House switched out of its business suit and into its lab coat as the building was transformed into a giant laboratory. The occasion was the first-ever Maker Faire held at the White House. Maker Faire, a festival celebrating DIY culture and the spirit of inventors, was started by Make Magazine in 2006 in California.
He addressed specifically, The Workshop School in West Philadelphia, where a group of students, thanks to their principal, Simon Hauger, were able to construct an efficient sports car. Their team built a biodiesel sports car that gets around a 100 miles per gallon,” said Obama. “Which is why the Secret Service didn’t let me drive it. ”
“When I heard I was going to the White House I was like ‘This can’t be I true.’ ” said Joshua Pigford, an 11th-grader who has worked on the car all year and will be visiting D.C. for the first time. “I couldn’t really believe it.”
The students have been building the 818 for the entire school year. [Simon Hauger, creator and leader of the EVX Team] said it wasn’t hard to get a group of teenagers excited about building a race car.
The goal of the project: Take the kit donated by Massachusetts company Factory Five Racing for the 818 chassis and adjust and adapt the car to make it not only fast, but also environmentally friendly.
As Hauger described it, they were to design “something that was fuel efficient and cool.”
Not only is the car efficient and cool, since it runs on biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil leftover from frying chicken and making doughnuts, it’s also doing another chore in helping clean up the environment.
As we meet the halfway point of 2014 and celebrate our nation’s birthday, July 4th, there still remains unsettled market conditions associated with biodiesel and Bioheat® fuel. Policy setbacks in Washington continue to take a major toll on the most successful advanced biofuel in the U.S.
The National Biodiesel Board revealed that nearly 80 percent of U.S. biodiesel producers have scaled back production this year and more than half have idled production at a plant altogether, none of which are associated with lack of ambition and enthusiasm by the producers. Additionally, two-thirds of producers surveyed said they have already reduced or anticipate reducing their workforce as a result of the downturn. The cutbacks come in the face of a weak Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal from the EPA and Congress’ failure to extend the biodiesel tax incentive.
Read the rest of this fantastic article written by Paul Nazzaro here: Read More
When the 2014 World Cup games begin, urban buses in host cities will run on a 20% biodiesel blend as a way of reducing the World Cup Games’ Greenhouse Gas footprint. Both crushers and farmers hope this will show that higher biodiesel blends work.
As if the chance to show off its biodiesel prowess on an international stage weren’t enough, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff put the icing on the cake. She just issued a decree that will up the national mandatory biodiesel blend—with or without the World Cup Games—from the current 5% to 6%. Then, come November, the blend will go up to 7%. It’s “an important step” for the soybean industry, said Brazil’s oilseed crushers in a news release.
The country has been running on a 5% biodiesel blend since 2010. Soybean oil makes up about 80% of Brazil’s biodiesel feedstocks. So the more biodiesel consumed at a world venue like the World Cup, the happier farmers and crushers will be—even if a few check into a hotel in Miami during the games.
For nearly a decade, Bioheat® pioneers and leaders have established a product and market that can be simply plugged-and-played with minimal effort. For a variety of reasons heating oil industry participants have poked and prodded Bioheat, but only a few have embraced and fast-tracked the new, improved heating oil.
Now, some good things are happening. The transition to ultra-low sulfur heating oil is under way, the natural Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) is reauthorized for five years, and – perhaps most exciting – the technical community is preparing to present to ASTM the facts to support an increase in blend percentage of biodiesel from 5 percent to 20 percent. At 20 percent, another barrier to success has been pummeled, and heating oil can now be touted for being as clean as its nemesis, natural gas.
The home heating market is evolving with greater speed every year. Fuels are changing, new government policies are rewriting the rules, and customers are expecting more from their home comfort companies. Marketers need a rapid infusion of information and inspiration to keep their companies ahead of the curve. New England Fuel Institute has the perfect solution with the 2014 Visions Conference. The conference will be taking place on June 10 & 11 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Fuel retailers can catch up on the latest developments and learn cutting-edge strategies that can help make 2014 and 2015 more profitable.
The conference features thought provoking seminars and discussions covering company diversification, customer mindsets, fuel buying, biofuel blending, acquisitions, regulatory requirements, and more. Marketers can immerse themselves in fresh ideas from some of the industry’s best thinkers and learn about the latest products and services on the trade show floor. Take two days this June to discover the vision for your company and set the stage for enhanced success in the years ahead. For more information and to register for the Visions Conference, visit www.visionsconference.com.