How will biodiesel fit into the future of our nation’s energy landscape with a new administration in place, new data affirming biodiesel’s carbon benefits and groundbreaking policies like California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard in place? The New Year marks the perfect time, and San Diego makes the ideal place to explore these topics and more during the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, January 16 – 19.

Registration is open and a schedule of rich educational sessions is in place for the fourteenth annual conference.

Each year, the conference attracts hundreds to hear from industry and government experts, participate in networking opportunities and see the best that biodiesel has to offer. This year, attendees will also hear from the new CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), Donnell Rehagen, and his vision for the future of biodiesel.

“Our conference theme is ‘Fueling Our Future,’ reflecting that biodiesel is here to stay as we move forward into a new era,” Rehagen said. “Biodiesel continues to serve as an essential element of our nation’s fuel supply, and we plan to keep growing. This conference represents that launching point, and anyone whose business or organization involves biodiesel should be engaged at this event.”

Sessions are designed to enhance understanding of key factors shaping the industry, for both those who are deeply involved in the business of biodiesel and those just looking for a panoramic view. Sessions planned include:

  • Strategic Distribution for Domestic Biodiesel Production: Challenges and Opportunities
  • California’s Thriving Low-Carbon Markets
  • Understanding Carbon Markets in the Northeast
  • Clearing the Error: Tips for Avoiding Costly RFS Compliance Mistakes
  • Spotlight on Washington: What to Expect with a New Administration and Congress
  • The Road Ahead: OEMs and Fleets Cutting Carbon with Biodiesel
  • Make it So: ASTM Spec Changes Helping Biodiesel Boldly Go into the Future
  • Show You the Money: Tapping into Federal Programs
  • Data Dive: What do Americans Really Think About Biodiesel?

Other on-site opportunities include a robust exhibit hall, a diesel vehicle showcase and popular Ride-and-Drive, networking receptions and a poster session on the next generation of research.

The application process is open for students to apply for a scholarship to attend until November 18, under the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program.

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the nation’s first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel. With nearly 200 member companies, NBB is the leading U.S. trade association representing biodiesel and renewable diesel.