Media Advisory Biodiesel Policies and Mandates: A Free Webinar Sponsored By the Diesel Technology Forum September 16, 2010 - 10 a.m. to 11

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U.S. and international biodiesel experts will discuss and answer questions about the many issues confronting individual U.S. state’s efforts to encourage increased domestic biodiesel use; case studies from states where it’s worked –Minnesota; states where it hasn’t worked – Massachusetts; and ideas for consideration from a more biodiesel-experienced European perspective.

U.S. and international biodiesel experts will discuss and answer questions about the many issues confronting individual U.S. state’s efforts to encourage increased domestic biodiesel use; case studies from states where it’s worked –Minnesota; states where it hasn’t worked – Massachusetts; and ideas for consideration from a more biodiesel-experienced European perspective.

Biodiesel Policies and Mandates: What’s Really Involved?

A Free Webinar Sponsored By the Diesel Technology Forum
September 16, 2010 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EDT)

    This free webinar is being hosted by the Diesel Technology Forum and will begin at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday, September 16th. Register now.

Biodiesel & Renewable Fuels as a Greener Transportation Solution
Biodiesel usage has grown significantly in recent years and many states are considering legislation or programs to promote renewable fuels as a means of reducing U.S. dependence on fossil fuels. As the first state to implement a biodiesel mandate, Minnesota had its share of problems. Many of these have been overcome, yet additional challenges remain, as evidenced by Massachusetts’ recent decision to postpone its mandate in favor of a voluntary program.

Renewable fuels, including biodiesel, will play an important role in the pursuit of greener transportation solutions. Biodiesel usage can and will continue to grow, however efforts to promote its use can be complicated. Join us for 90 minutes to hear more about state efforts to encourage biodiesel use, the lessons they’ve learned and ideas for consideration from a European perspective.

Webinar Participants
?    Promoting Biodiesel Through Policy - Shelby Neal, National Biodiesel Board. An overview of state biodiesel policies across the country and the impact of the RFS2.
?    Successful Policy Implementation: The Importance of Quality Assurance – Randy Jennings, Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Programs to promote fuel quality and the importance of policy enforcement.
?    Promoting Quality Biodiesel in Europe: A Look at Germany’s AGQM program – Dr. Juergen Fischer, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel, AGQM. An overview of the biodiesel quality management system in Germany and its relevance for the U.S.
?    Recent Challenges: A Massachusetts Case Study – Dwayne Breger, Director of Renewable Energy, MA Department of Energy Resources. A look at the recent suspension of Massachusetts’ mandate.
?    Learning from Minnesota: the Voice of Experience - Ralph Groschen, Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Minnesota’s biodiesel experience and its recent move to a B5 mandate.

Upcoming Webinars . . .
Free Webinar - Preparing your DERA Grant Application: What You Need to Know for FY2011
October 5, 2010 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 pm. (EDT)
In November, EPA will release a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant applications. This next funding round will likely include $60 million to be split among all DERA national and state program components. Once the RFP is issued, EPA officials are prohibited from advising interested parties about their applications.

As a result, the Diesel Technology Forum has invited EPA officials to share their insights and counsel with us on October 5th for the benefit of those who have been unsuccessful in winning a grant award in previous years.
Register now and join us to learn about the details of this upcoming DERA funding round along with application tips from grant reviewers, those who have helped grantees put their proposal together and one that has recently found success in this process.

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting clean diesel technologies. Forum members include engine and vehicle manufacturers, diesel fuel refiners, and manufacturers of emissions control devices. For more information about the Forum, visit our web site at http://www.dieselforum.org.

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