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National Biodiesel Producers to Showcase Record Growth at Orlando Conference

Jan 26, 2012
Despite inaction from policymakers, organizers pleased with 2011 results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kaleb Little/NBB
(573) 635-3893
klittle@biodiesel.org

ORLANDO – Following a year of unprecedented growth in its alternative fuel industry, the 9th Annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is coming to Orlando to celebrate record energy production and sales levels. Highlighting this year’s three-day event is a focus on the energy industry’s increased incorporation of biodiesel as the nation seeks to secure its energy future. The event begins Feb. 6 at the convention center.

After a year of retraction the industry saw a resurgence in 2011, nearly tripling its 2010 production to roughly one billion gallons. The growth showcases the results of an effective domestic energy policy.

“The biodiesel tax incentive and the Renewable Fuel Standard are working as intended,” said Joe Jobe, chief executive for the National Biodiesel Board. “Our industry is creating jobs, reducing our dependence on imported diesel, and improving the environment.”

The comeback of the country’s first commercially available advanced biofuel marked a true American success story, growing receipts to $3 billion in gross domestic product and putting thousands of idle employees back to work. Biodiesel production also generated more than $600 million in federal, state and local tax revenues.

However, Jobe warned that the job gains and economic boosts might be in danger after policymakers' recent inaction. The current Congress allowed 2011 to end without renewing the biodiesel tax credit and other alternative energy incentives.  In addition, the industry is on hold as the EPA and the Obama Administration work to finalize the EPA’s proposal to boost the biodiesel volume requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“It appears our representatives in Washington have not learned from the lessons of the past,” Jobe said.  “Jobs and the economy are supposed to be the top priorities in Washington, but they’ve left thousands of workers in limbo even though recent experience has shown what can happen to our very young industry without a little help as we grow to stand on our own.”

Meanwhile, at this year’s conference, leaders from the top petroleum trade associations will discuss topics ranging from the oil and gas industry’s perception of biodiesel as a mainstream product to the future of biodiesel-based Bioheat® heating oil. Conference attendees will be treated to presentations and discussions with representatives of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, the National Oilheat Research Alliance and more.

Also for the first time, NBB is including a special full-day Sustainability Symposium on Wednesday, February 8. The symposium is co-sponsored by the United State Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE). Presentations on the impact of cleaner-burning biodiesel will feature opportunities to diversify energy sources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce impacts to the environment and protect America’s food chain.

“We’re excited to bring our Conference and Expo back to Orlando since our last stop in 2008,” Jobe said. “We’re inviting everyone interested in biodiesel and how our country can improve its energy outlook to come see how much the industry has grown and changed in just a just a few short years.”

Tuesday’s Public Day at the NBB Conference will allow Florida residents the opportunity to attend the conference’s opening General Session starting at 10:30 AM, as well as events and exhibits in the Expo Hall from 12:30 – 4:30 PM, including a special Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase event from 12:30– 1:45 PM.  Admission is free for members of the public showing a valid Florida ID at registration who are interested in learning more about America's advanced biofuel.

 

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For more information or for media registration, go to:  www.biodieselconference.org/2012