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ABFA President Speaks on the Future of Biomass-Based Diesel

May 25th, 2017

The following are the prepared remarks shared by ABFA President Michael McAdams on May 25, 2017 at the LCFS, Renewable Fuels and Feedstock Conference in Chicago. I am delighted to be with   Read More

ABFA Responds to Ongoing International Trade Probe and Tax Legislation

May 5th, 2017

In response to the ongoing probe into biodiesel imported from Argentina and Indonesia as well as new tax legislation, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement attributable to Michael   Read More

ABFA Salutes First Chairman and Founding Member On Retirement

April 21st, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Following many years of tremendous service to the biofuels industry in his capacity as the first Chairman of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) and Chief Executive Officer of Virent,   Read More

ABFA Opposes NBB Petition Against Biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia

March 23rd, 2017

In response to the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition petition against biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA   Read More

Prepared Remarks of ABFA President on An Unsual Election

December 15th, 2016

The following are the prepared remarks shared by ABFA President Michael McAdams on December 8, 2016 at the RNG Conference in California. Good morning. How are you all this morning? Great place   Read More

EPA Sends Clear Message to Market with 2017 RVOs

November 23rd, 2016

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of final renewable volume obligations for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement   Read More

Advanced Biofuels Industry Backs Blenders Credit Bill

September 19th, 2016

ABFA salutes Congresswoman Diane Black for her introduction of a bill that would extend the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders credit for an additional two years. This provision would continue to protect those who are investing in the blending equipment and are selling all the fuel in the United States.

ABFA Submits Comments on 2017 RVOs and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018

July 14th, 2016

On July 11, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for 2017 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2018. You can read ABFA’s   Read More

ABFA Submits RFS Hearing Testimony

June 22nd, 2016

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) was asked to submit comments for the record for today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on implementation issues with the RFS, below is the testimony submitted.   Read More

ABFA Represents 9.6 Billion Gallons of Biofuels Production

May 25th, 2016

Today the board of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) welcomed three new member companies and announced new Executive Committee representatives.

ABFA Applauds EPA’s Proposed RVOs for 2017

May 18th, 2016

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) released the following statement today applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed renewable volume obligations for 2017 under the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The statement should   Read More

ABFA Takes a Stand to Maintain the Blenders Tax Credit

April 11th, 2016

Today the Advanced Biofuels Association sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership to express concern about proposed changes to the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit. A copy of the   Read More

Biofuels Powering the Navy’s Great Green Fleet

January 20th, 2016

Ahead of today’s deployment of the Navy’s Great Green Fleet, ABFA President Michael McAdams talked with the San Diego Union Tribune to discuss the Navy’s contribution to the advanced biofuels industry. The   Read More

Tesoro Announces Partnerships to Support Development of Renewable Biocrude

January 20th, 2016

ABFA President Michael McAdams provided the following comment on Tesoro’s newly announced partnership with Fulcrum, Virent and Ensyn: “This is a significant partnership and can help expedite the ability to put drop   Read More

ABFA Responds to Extension of Blenders Credit

December 16th, 2015

In response to Congress passing the extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) issued the following statement attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA President.

USDA Provides Loan Guarantee Conditional Commitment to Build Georgia Biofuel Plant

December 10th, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in central Georgia. USDA is providing the loan guarantee conditional commitment, an important milestone in the ongoing development of the project, through its Biorefinery Assistance Program.

Advanced Biofuel Producers Applaud EPA’s Final Rule, Continue Push for RFS Reform

November 30th, 2015

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of final renewable volume obligations for 2014 through 2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA President.

ABFA Speaks Out on Proposed Changes to Biodiesel Tax Credit

November 18th, 2015

Today the Advanced Biofuels Association sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership that expressed concern about changes to the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit. The full letter is available below and   Read More

Advanced Biofuels Producers Oppose Grassley Tax Credit Change: Amendment Could Hurt Consumers

October 21st, 2015

During the Senate Finance Committee’s July markup, Senator Charles Grassley offered an amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell, which would extend the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit for two years. However,   Read More

Tax Legislation Would Level Playing Field for Advanced Biofuels

June 24th, 2015

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) re-introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday to level the energy playing field by giving investors in renewable energy projects access to a decades-old corporate structure whose tax advantage is available now only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy projects.

For Next-Generation Biofuels, Time to Strengthen the RFS

March 11th, 2015

Today, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association are facing incredible challenges, including diminishing capital markets, an uncertain tax code, and a patch-quilt of state laws and federal regulations. Unfortunately, the RFS – the very tool that was created to foster our industry – has become one of the greatest obstacles to continued development of the advanced and cellulosic biofuel industry due to inconsistent and poor implementation.

Here Today and Investing for Tomorrow: Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuels

December 5th, 2014

Advanced and cellulosic biofuels are essential to achieving that security. Unlike fossil fuels — which represent a finite resource — these fuels are produced from renewable sources like plants, algae, waste and animal fats. As a result, they improve our country’s energy security, reduce greenhouse gases and complement rising domestic oil and natural gas production.

EPA Resets 2014 RVO Decision to 2014 and 2015 in One Move

November 21st, 2014

After waiting more than a year for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets for 2014, the agency surprisingly pulled back its proposed rule today.

Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuels Industry Mourns a Leader

November 4th, 2014

With regards to the passing of Mary Gibson Rosenthal, who served as the Algae Biomass Organization’s first executive director, ABFA CEO Michael McAdams made this statement.

ABFA Announces Three New Members and New Renewable Products Committee Chairman

October 1st, 2014

Today the Advanced Biofuels Association welcomes three new member companies, UPM, Kore Infrastructure and EcoEngineers, as well as a new Chairman of the Association’s Renewable Products Committee.

Advanced Biofuels: Suspended in Bureaucratic Animation

July 22nd, 2014

For months the biofuels industry has focused on the EPA’s issuance of the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO’s). Lobbying has been furious and consistent from all the various stakeholder groups that are impacted by the final numbers. It is expected that the final rule will be issued in mid to late September.

All Eyes on EPA this Summer

July 9th, 2014

The pioneering companies that belong to ABFA are keeping busy this summer. Developing this emerging industry is a full-time job that involves many tasks. Members are also keeping a close eye on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Outlook for Renewable Energy in America – Advanced Biofuels

April 1st, 2014

The world has witnessed a sea change in the drivers of energy production and demand. Moving toward 2035, a minimum of three factors will play heavily in terms of how the United States considers its energy future: supply, demand, and public policy.

DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Demonstrates Sustained Support of Advanced Biofuels Industry

March 18th, 2014

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office recently released an outline of their budget for FY15, which includes programs designed to help “transform the nation’s renewable and abundant biomass resources into   Read More

Farm Bill Invests in Advanced Biofuels and Non-Food Feedstocks

February 7th, 2014

The Farm Bill that President Obama will sign today represents a major victory for ABFA and the advanced biofuels industry.

Another ABFA Success Story: Virent Replaces Crude Oil With Renewable Resources

January 31st, 2014

The next installment of ABFA’s ongoing video series features Virent, a Madison, Wisconsin-based company whose proven and tested technologies have the potential to replace over 90% of the products that have always required crude oil.

For the Future of Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuels, EPA Urged to Reconsider RFS Targets

January 28th, 2014

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) submitted our formal comments today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations. Nothing is more important to the continued growth of the advanced and cellulosic fuels industry than convincing EPA to reconsider the arbitrary and insufficient targets they proposed for 2014.

Standing Up for Advanced Biofuels

December 4th, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency recently unveiled a proposed rule that would slash 2014 requirements for advanced biofuel. This proposal would be a devastating blow to the many companies working today to fulfill the promise of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by raising capital, building manufacturing facilities and actually producing advanced biofuels that cut greenhouse gases in half compared to gasoline.

ABFA Video Series Continues: Amyris Shows Promise of Global Biofuels Industry

November 19th, 2013

ABFA has launched an interview video series to highlight the companies leading this movement by producing renewable fuel and unlocking new innovations – our members. In this post, we profile Amyris, a company that may span the global advanced biofuels industry better than any other.

EPA Proposal Pulls the Rug Out from Underneath the Growing Advanced Biofuels Industry

November 15th, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a draft proposal on November 15, 2013 proposing next year’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) target for advanced biofuels at 2.2 billion gallons, with a range from as low as 2.0 billion gallons to 2.51 billion gallons.

ABFA Video Series Continues: Sapphire Energy Creates “Green Crude” Oil

November 13th, 2013

Drivers in the United States are familiar with ethanol blends available at the gas pump, but they might not know that an American company has pioneered the power of “Green Crude” – using sunlight and carbon dioxide to turn algae into renewable fuel that can be refined into gasoline, diesel, or jet fuel.

New Video Series: ABFA Members Tell America’s Advanced Biofuels Story

October 16th, 2013

ABFA is launching a series of videos to tell the stories of this clean energy transition from the perspectives of the companies producing renewable gallons and breaking ground on new facilities – our members.

Giving EPA the benefit of the doubt on rumor and wishful thinking

October 10th, 2013

Washington is a town that sometimes runs on rumor and wishful thinking. Both are apparently behind a published report speculating that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will drastically cut its 2014 target for advanced biofuels.

ABFA Statement on EPA Announcement

August 6th, 2013

ABFA salutes the EPA and today’s announcement of the 2013 RVOs.

First, Do No Harm to Growing Production of Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuels

July 30th, 2013

From the perspective of the advanced and cellulosic biofuels industry, the current RFS debate has become mired in short-term concerns – like the blend wall and prices for RINs. Much of the commentary loses sight of the bigger picture about policy signals necessary to foster investment in a robust market for advanced biofuels.

Statement Before The Subcommittee On Energy And Power Committee On Energy And Commerce

July 22nd, 2013

Following the informative briefing we organized last week on the future of the RFS, ABFA’s president Michael McAdams will testify tomorrow before the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Energy and Power Committee on Energy and Commerce on the same topic. Here’s a preview of the written testimony he’ll be delivering tomorrow:

Policy Briefing: The Future of the Renewable Fuel Standard

July 22nd, 2013

On Thursday July 18, The Hill convened a policy briefing on the future of the renewable fuel standard. View video from the event:

Better Fuels: A Clear Voice for the Advanced Biofuels Industry

July 17th, 2013

As the industry voice for advanced and cellulosic biofuels, ABFA is excited to put a spotlight on our industry’s progress and perspectives through our newest tool, the Better Fuels Blog. With public policies that impact our industry heating up in Washington, especially related to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), we hope this blog will shed a little more light and a little less heat on why advanced and cellulosic biofuels are an important part of America’s energy portfolio.