(SAN DIEGO) – America’s largest celebration of all things biodiesel returns in January to California for a record fifth visit. Local residents are invited to join in the festivities at no cost during the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo kick off at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina on Tuesday, January 22.
“Public Day” offers San Diegans the opportunity to join biodiesel enthusiasts from across the nation to learn more about America’s first commercially available advanced biofuel and check out some of the latest advancements in technology and offerings from automobile manufacturers.
In addition to the events on Public Day, the National Biodiesel Conference (January 22 – 24) will offer a diesel-vehicle ride-and-drive opportunity and dozens of demonstrations and presentations on the latest in public policy under the Trump Administration and a new Congress; the environmental and commercial benefits of biodiesel use; and more focus on California and Western carbon markets.
“It’s always exciting when we have the opportunity to return to California, particularly San Diego which has hosted more of our conferences than any other city in the country,” said Donnell Rehagen, Chief Executive Officer of the National Biodiesel Board.
It’s no accident that the National Biodiesel Conference has made so many visits to the Golden State. California is the largest market for renewable fuels, driven by the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).
“Biodiesel and renewable diesel have been the real stars of the LFCS,” Rehagen said. “Since 2011, biodiesel and renewable diesel use in California has grown from 14 million gallons to more than 500 million gallons today. That represents a compounded annual growth rate of 89 percent and was nearly 20 percent of the national market for biodiesel last year.”
And the future looks even brighter. According to targets set by the state, biodiesel and renewable diesel use could reach one billion gallons by 2021 and as much as two billion gallons by 2030.
Nationally, U.S. biodiesel entrepreneurs already produce nearly three billion gallons annually. 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. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors, as well as the U.S. renewable diesel industry.
Residents who would like to attend Public Day at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo should visit the conference registration desk with a valid San Diego driver’s license or military ID.