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California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) Becomes California Advanced Biofuels Alliance (CABA)

— Name Change Represents More Inclusive Strategy for Leading Trade Association — 

The board of directors of the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) — which has been the respected voice for biodiesel in the state since its founding in 2006 — has voted to broaden the scope of membership to include advanced biofuels.

"By changing our name from the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) to the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance (CABA), we are not just recognizing the growing number of existing members involved in the production, distribution, and sale of renewable diesel, we are also showing our increasing commitment to advocating for all biofuels that have made the LCFS a success and will continue to do so for decades to come," said Jennifer Case, President of New Leaf Biofuel and board chair of CABA.

"Biofuels are responsible for an overwhelming contribution to GHG reduction in the transportation sector to date, accounting for close to 90% of LCFS credits generated. Advanced biofuels are a key part of the “all of the above” strategy that we believe must be employed to reach state goals, from petroleum displacement, to GHG reduction and job creation and lowering pollution in impacted communities," she added.

The group's annual conference enters its seventh year as the 2018 California Advanced Biofuels Conference. The theme — Evolve — reflects the inclusive new name as well as a range of key policy areas seeing major change in 2018. The conference will take place on March 1st, 2018 at the Capitol Ballroom in downtown Sacramento.

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Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation Affects All Who Handle Biodiesel in CA

The Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation (ADF) regulation, which became effective January 1, 2016, affects all those who handle biodiesel in the state. It prohibited blends above B20 for sale or use in engines as of that date (without an Executive Order from ARB) and required new reporting and recordkeeping as well. Biodiesel producers, importers and blenders are required to submit quarterly reports. Biodiesel producers, importers and blenders are required to report and keep records concerning biodiesel production, sales, and blending. Biodiesel distributors and retailers are only required to keep records.

The National Biodiesel Board has received certification from the California Air Resources board for the additive VESTA™1000 to meet new NOx mitigation requirements that will begin January 1, 2018 under the ADF. A draft FAQ and Reporting Form for those new requirements are being developed by ARB staff.

Find the new 2018 FAQ and Reporting Forms at:

The presentation for the May 23rd, 2016 meeting, which has helpful diagrams, is here:

Industry Engagement in LCFS Rulemaking

CABA and the National Biodiesel Board have worked together to provide technical comments and suggestions to ARB on areas of concern including Validation and Ongoing Verification, the Monitoring Plan, Accreditation and Oversight, "High Risk" Feedstocks, Conflicts of Interest, and Co-Processing. The ISOR is expected in early March and the final rulemaking is scheduled for a vote of the board on April 26th and 27th.

CABA members receive updates on the progress of this rulemaking in the monthly newsletter and on the Members Only webpage. Public comment letters are posted here:

ARB's LCFS meetings page has details and updated presentations:

Court Ruling in POET Case Freezes Diesel Compliance at 2017 Levels
Keeps LCFS and Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation in Place


In November of 2017, the California Air Resources Board staff has posted regulatory guidance to clarify the Modified Writ issued by Superior Court of California, County of Fresno, on October 18, 2017, in the case of Poet, LLC et al. vs CARB et al. (No. 09 CECG 04659 JYH). Sam Wade, Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch, at (916) 322-8263 is the contact for those requesting more information. View the guidance document here:


On January 5th, Poet's follow-up lawsuit was dismissed by the Fresno County Superior Court. According to Shelby Neal, Director of State Governmental Affairs for the NBB, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently won a major victory in its ongoing legal dispute with ethanol producer, Poet. The so-called "Poet II" lawsuit was dismissed by the Fresno County Superior Court on January 5th due largely to lack of relevance in light of the ongoing Poet I case, which is primarily based on Poet's assertion that biodiesel's NOx profile should require CARB to mitigate the fuel or make it illegal for sale in the State of California. NBB has developed an additive which reduces NOx when biodiesel is blended into CARB diesel, thus alleviating Poet's purported concern.