National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel Bulletin
National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel Bulletin
In This Issue December 1, 2005

Bonnie Raitt to Host Benefit for Biodiesel Education in Tennessee

Musician and activist Bonnie Raitt, currently touring the country on cleaner burning biodiesel, will host a benefit event for biodiesel education at her performance in Knoxville, Tenn. A special lot of premium tickets will go on sale Friday, Dec. 2, for her sold-out show on Dec. 10. Most tickets include invitations to a dessert reception with Raitt after the show. Proceeds will benefit biodiesel education programs in Tennessee through the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) and Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board (TSPB).

Raitt is using the blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent regular diesel in two buses and two tractor trailer trucks. This is the second tour in which the blues entertainer has used B20.

The ETCFC and TSPB have worked together for several years to bring biodiesel to the East Tennessee area. The groups have helped open public biodiesel pumps, educate large fleets about the benefits of biodiesel, and work with petroleum distributors to start carrying the fuel. In less than two years, 16 public biodiesel stations have opened, including several county farmer co-ops that began offering biodiesel blends. The East Tennessee area expects to surpass the half-million gallon mark of B100 consumption in 2005. Users include Alcoa and Eastman Chemical.

Show and reception tickets will be available at, the Web site of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). Please contact ETCFC for questions or assistance, at (865) 974-3625.

Farmer Chairman Reelected to Take Biodiesel Growth to Next Level

The biodiesel industry reelected a farmer leader from Carlyle, Illinois to lead the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) during what promises to be a period of intense growth in production and sales. Darryl Brinkmann, who has served as a board member since 1998, will serve as the reelected chairman of the nonprofit trade association.

Brinkmann, elected by NBB’s 89 voting members in November, will guide the industry during continued implementation and extension of the federal biodiesel tax incentive and establishment of the renewable fuels standard (RFS). Brinkmann was elected chairman one year ago.

All NBB officers were reelected to the board and to their leadership positions. They are:
  • Darryl Brinkmann, Chairman, representing the American Soybean Association
  • Fred Wellons, Vice Chairman, representing Baker Commodities, a biodiesel supplier based in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Gary Haer, Secretary, representing West Central, a biodiesel supplier based in Ralston, Iowa
  • Jerry Osterholt, Treasurer, a farmer from Roanoke, Indiana representing the Indiana Soybean Board.

  • Additionally, two other farmers became newly elected board members. Robert Stobaugh, a farmer representing the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, and Ed Hegland, a Minnesota farmer representing the state’s Soybean Research & Promotion Council, joined the Governing Board.

    Additional governing board members are:
  • Jim Boushka of Best BioFuels, LLC, a biodiesel supplier in Austin, Texas
  • John Campbell of Ag Environmental Products, a division of Ag Processing Inc., a biodiesel fuel supplier based in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
  • Bob Clark of Imperial Western Products, a biodiesel supplier based in Indio, Calif.
  • Jim Conway of Griffin Industries, a biodiesel supplier based in Cold Spring, Ky.
  • Gene Gebolys, representing World Energy, a biodiesel supplier based in Chelsea, Mass.
  • Bob Metz, a farmer representing the South Dakota Research and Promotion Council
  • Jeff Nelson, representing Stepan Company, a soy biodiesel supplier based in Northfield, Ill.
  • Ed Ulch, a farmer representing the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board
  • David Womack, a farmer representing the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board.

  • NBB Pioneer Retires from Board

    A soybean farmer from Nebraska, Richard Prascher, retired from the board at the November board meetings in St. Louis. Prascher was a founding member of the board. NBB presented him with a plaque honoring him for his 13 years of service to the industry.

    “I remember when there were nine people around a table in 1990 to see if we could make this biodiesel thing stick,” Prascher said of his first biodiesel meeting. “Biodiesel is the most interesting and challenging thing I’ve ever been involved with. I look at how things have changed, and I have to say that we have done better than I ever imagined. I thought it would be 20 years before we achieved the level of success we have today. This industry has made me very proud.”

    Pictured in the photo with Prascher (center) are NBB staff (l to r) Bev Thessen, Joe Jobe, Jenna Higgins and Donnell Rehagen.

    Tennessee Biodiesel Plant Breaks Ground

    Executives of Agri Energy Management, Inc. (AEM), along with local officials, announced on Nov. 21 the company’s decision to build and operate a 20,000 gallon per day standalone biodiesel plant in Lewisburg, Tenn.

    AEM says they expect to produce five million gallons worth of biodiesel fuel per year once the new facility is complete. In addition, the initial start-up plans for the company will allow them the capability of producing upwards of seven million gallons of biodiesel annually per plant. They hope to produce 20 plants with the capability of producing 140 million gallons per year.

    Micheal R. Tarr, II, chairman and CEO of AEM, said using its proprietary construction and engineering techniques, AEM plants can be operational within 60 days of groundbreaking.

    “We have a strong company that should put us in front of biodiesel production having a site plan made up of multiple plants in one location,” said Tarr. “With our technology, we can use multiple feed stocks at one time on our site. Although we cannot control all variables of a commodity related business, we certainly can put our company in the best possible position.”

    AEM is a member of the National Biodiesel Board.

    Tennessee Reports New Biodiesel Users: Highway and Heat

    After being the first city and county government fleets in Tennessee to begin a biodiesel project, three county governments are moving to using a biodiesel blend fleet-wide. Maryville, Alcoa and Blount County highway departments will be positively affecting their counties’ environments by the joint biodiesel program they started in 2004.

    “The stars aligned,” said Greg McClain, assistant city manager for Maryville, which is using B20 fleet-wide. “The testing phase of the biodiesel in our city vehicles showed that no extra maintenance was necessary other than changing fuel filters more often during start-up. We feel that this is the right move for us in order to help Blount County and the surrounding area attain the needed air quality standards as required by the EPA.”

    The City of Alcoa took delivery of a B5 blend in their main tank. “We’ll segue to B15 in the next two months then progress to B20 and then B40 in the first six months of 2006,” said Alcoa’s Fleet Manager Steve Hillis. Bill Dunlap, superintendent of the Blount County Highway Department notes they are setting up to begin with B5 imminently, and transition to higher blends by the end of the year.

    Greenhouse Heating goes Green
    Minge’s Greenhouse will take delivery of a B5 blend of Bioheat for heating their greenhouses, and is believed to be the first business in East Tennessee to do so, said Jonathan Overly, East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) executive director.

    Minge’s, a northwest Knox County family business, has been supplying plants and flowers to East Tennessee since 1958. The company specializes in several varieties but is particularly well known for its poinsettias during the Christmas season. Regal Fuels of Knoxville is supplying the B5 blend.

    Greening the Department of Defense, Base by Base

    The Fort Leonard Wood Army Base in Missouri is making large strides to support the use of alternative fuels in the Department of Defense. The installation was the first Army installation to utilize both biodiesel and ethanol, according to Keith G. Bax, Motor Transport Officer.

    “In over two and a half years of use there have not been any B20 related maintenance issues,” said Bax. Of the 1,113 total fleet vehicles fueled at the Transportation Motor Pool (TMP), 734 vehicles use alternative fuel, or 66 percent of the fleet, he said.

    The TMP of the Directorate of Logistics-Transportation Division uses the alternative fuels in all of the diesel fuel vehicles and Flexible Fuel Vehicles leased from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Since opening biodiesel (B20) and ethanol (E85) fueling stations in March 2003, Fort Leonard Wood has issued over 430,000 gallons of biodiesel and 140,000 gallons of E85. In the last year alone, the base used 185,000 gallons of B20.

    Fort Leonard Wood started by testing biodiesel in the pool of 312 non-deployable, school-house tactical vehicles in 2003. The test plan monitored and evaluated B20 in over 70 light High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). “It should be noted that even during extreme cold temperatures the test HMMWVs started and operated equal to and sometimes better than HMMWVs operating on regular diesel fuel,” said Bax.

    The vehicles were switched back and forth between regular diesel and B20. “Vehicle operation and maintenance requirements were not affected by this action,” he said. We now use B20 in 425 diesel burning tactical vehicles that are used in the Military Police and Chemical Schools Consolidated Equipment Pool. These vehicles range in size from a light HMMWV to 5-ton trucks. We are leading the transition to alternative fuels for the Army.”

    Hurricane Aid Volunteers Request Tank for Fuel

    Waveland, Miss., was nearly demolished after Hurricane Katrina. The Citizen Action Team,, approached the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) about help with fuel so that they would be able to keep their community-based kitchens and community centers open for victims of the storm. Thanks to the support of donors, including American Bio-fuels, operations were able to continue. However, although many resources are now secured, the Citizen Action Team must have a tank for holding biodiesel before fuel can be donated to them.

    Please contact Amber Pearson at the NBB offices if you have information on how the volunteers could acquire a tank, or biodiesel: or (573) 635-3893.

    American Bio-fuels gave significant help for the café part of the operations. American Bio-fuels is a biodiesel manufacturer in Bonita, Calif., and member of NBB.

    Josh Tickell, author of From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank and biodiesel advocate, and native of the New Orleans area, has been in the area assisting with biodiesel for hurricane aid. NBB staff has also helped to coordinate aid.

    Citizen Action Team is an unaffiliated group of volunteers that has come together to provide supplies to the areas of the hurricane ravaged coastline. Volunteers serve other areas receiving less media attention than New Orleans, such as Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Gulfport and Hattiesburg.

    New York Governor Announces Greater Biodiesel Initiatives

    New York Governor George Pataki in November issued an Executive Order requiring more biodiesel and renewable fuels in his state. Beyond encouraging the use of biofuels, the directives will also encourage their production.

    Under the Executive Order, all state agencies and public authorities will be required to increase their purchase and use of biofuels for heating facilities and fueling vehicles.

    The Order mandates that by 2012, at least 5 percent of the heating fuel used in state buildings will be biodiesel. In addition, by 2007, at least 2 percent of fuels used in the state fleet must be biodiesel, with this percentage rising to 10 percent in 2012. The Governor’s Clean Fueled Vehicle Council also will develop and implement plans to increase the number and accessibility of ethanol refueling stations.

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also will offer an incentive package to developers to promote the construction of bio-refineries in the state. Under the $500,000 program, applicants are eligible for grants of up to $100,000 for the planning, design and construction of biodiesel refining facilities, as well as other qualifying costs associated with construction and operations. The incentives are designed to attract potential investors and bolster the in-state supplies of biofuels.

    Legendary Musician Willie Nelson Joins Other Biodiesel Groups

    Country music star and biodiesel advocate Willie Nelson has been appointed to the Earth Biofuels’ Board of Directors. Meadow Springs, Inc., dba Earth Biofuels, Inc., made the announcement in November. Nelson has been active in marketing his own “BioWillie” biodiesel fuel since January 2005 through Willie Nelson’s Biodiesel Company.

    “Willie Nelson has been a supporter and promoter of biodiesel fuel for some time and is very knowledgeable about the industry,” said Earth Biofuels’ CEO, Tommy Johnson. We are fortunate to have his biodiesel marketing experience as a part of our board.”

    “I am excited about getting involved with Earth Biofuels,” Nelson said. We share the same goals in advancing the biodiesel industry. I look forward to working with Morgan Freeman and any other celebrities in spreading the word about biodiesel, and about making our country and our planet a better place to live. I’m anxious to get started - onward and upward!”

    Nelson also signed up to become a Biodiesel Alliance member through the National Biodiesel Board’s Web site recently:

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