2022 NATSO’s Alternative Fuels Council Renewable Fuels Workshop

On February 21, 2022, NATSO’s Alternative Fuels Council held a Renewable Fuels Workshop at the NATSO Connect conference held at Disney in Orlando. Filling the room to code capacity and having to turn some participants away from the workshop only supported the fact that many fuel retailers and fuel partners are very interested in blending renewable fuels and reaping any benefits available. While EV and other alternative fuel technologies are emerging – biodiesel, ethanol and renewable diesel have been and are being used right now to help lower GHG emissions. All-Line Equipment also presented on their Bio-Blender equipment and technology during the workshop. Please contact Ginger Laidlaw with the Alternative Fuels Council for any questions on the slides from the conference.


On September 24, the Alternative Fuels Council in tandem with Eco Engineers offered an in-depth webinar on Renewable Diesel. The webinar covered all aspects of renewable diesel, from its production to its application at the dispenser. Click below to view the slide presentation used during this webinar: 


On Friday morning, the Alternative Fuels Council is offering an in-depth workshop on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits and the IRS Biodiesel Tax Credit. The workshop will be offered by renewable fuels experts Jeff Hove and Ginger Laidlaw of NATSO’s Alternative Fuels Council. The workshop will focus on blending and selling renewable fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol…  View Full Article 

NATSO ANALYSIS: Court Sides with Biofuels Interests in Case Examining RFS Small Refinery Exemptions

A federal appeals court ruling on Friday, January 24 handed a major victory to biofuels stakeholders, casting doubt on EPA’s legal justification for its recent increase of small refinery exemptions and adding a new wrinkle of uncertainty to an already-volatile Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled that EPA has been granting “hardship” exemptions to a larger universe of refineries than Congress intended when it developed the RFS more than a decade ago. The exemptions have resulted in lower prices for the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) trading credits used to demonstrate compliance under the RFS and have diminished demand for renewable fuels in the United States… 
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Bosselman Enterprises recognized for leadership in the ethanol industry

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Grand Island’s Bosselman Enterprises was recognized Tuesday during President Trump’s visit to a Council Bluffs ethanol plant, where he announced the year-round sale of E15 fuel.

Trump made his announcement at the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy ethanol plant, or SIRE, which produces about 110 million gallons of ethanol each year. 

As part of the president’s address, Randy Gard, Bosselman chief operating officer, addressed the audience to talk about the company’s more than three decades of leadership in the Nebraska ethanol industry. Gard is also a member of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. 
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EPA Issues Final Rule on RFS Reform

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a Final RIN Market Reform rule that authorizes the sale of E-15 year-round throughout the United States and enhances disclosure requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. 

The Final Rule appears to have adopted a number of suggestions made by NATSO in comments filed with the agency as part of the rulemaking process. NATSO filed its comments in conjunction with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers (SIGMA). 

NATSO continues to analyze the Final Rule and will have a more detailed analysis in the coming days. The Final Rule appears to have refrained from adopting proposed regulatory changes that would have dissuaded and prevented fuel marketers from buying, selling, and blending renewable fuels under the RFS. 
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More States Follow California’s Lead with Low Carbon Fuel Standard Programs – Cliff Gladstein

California is well known for its leadership in protecting the environment and the state’s status as a trailblazer has stimulated both innovation and imitation. California was one of the first states to develop a comprehensive air quality improvement plan, establish a state agency dedicated to promoting energy conservation, and the first state to create a commission whose sole purpose is to protect the coast from overdevelopment. 

It comes as no surprise then that California also leads in the development and implementation of policies to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and other states have since followed. Greenhouse gases are the compounds that trap heat in the atmosphere, causing a steady increase in the temperature of the planet and a shift in climate patterns that have been the norm since the last ice age. 
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NATSO, Fuel Marketers File Comments on EPA’s RIN Market Proposal

NATSO along with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) filed public comments on a proposed regulation that would impose significant reforms on the market for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) that would be detrimental to many NATSO members. The proposal is part of a proposed rule that would allow gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round throughout the country. 

In the comments, the trade associations, which represent 90 percent of the retail sales of motor fuels, urged EPA to finalize only those aspects of its proposed RIN Market Reform Rule that enhance disclosure requirements and set aside for future reconsideration those aspects that would modify market behavior. RINs are the credits that EPA uses to ensure that refiners satisfy their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). 
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Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Proposed

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — NATSO, the national association for truck stops and travel plazas, along with other organizations representing the biodiesel supply chain, have praised a bipartisan group of lawmakers for introducing legislation to extend the biodiesel tax credit. 

“This legislation underscores the fact that the biodiesel tax credit has strong Democratic support in the House of Representatives,” said David Fialkov, vice president of government affairs, NATSO. “The authors of this legislation understand that the biodiesel tax credit helps create jobs, reduces the transportation sector’s greenhouse gas emissions and enables fuel retailers to offer more competitively priced diesel fuel, which in turn lowers the price of all consumer goods that are moved by truck. The biodiesel tax credit has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. It’s time to get this done.” 
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