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The Michigan Advanced Biofuels Coalition is established

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The new group strives for energy security, cleaner air, and a healthy environment

To advance energy security, cleaner air and more sustainable transportation, the Michigan Soybean Committee is pleased to announce the formation of the Michigan Advanced Biofuels Coalition (MiABC). The new coalition promotes the use of advanced biofuels, including biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). (Illinois Soybean Association)

St. JONES, MI — To advance energy security, cleaner air and more sustainable transportation, the Michigan Soybean Committee is pleased to announce the formation of the Michigan Advanced Biofuels Coalition (MiABC).

The new coalition promotes the use of advanced biofuels, including biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Made from renewable resources such as soybean oil and used cooking oil, these fuels reduce emissions from diesel cars and aircraft by 50% or more compared to petroleum-based fuels

“MiABC provides education, technical expertise and other resources to help public and private fleets take full advantage of the many benefits of modern biofuels,” said Jana Fritz, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Soybean Committee. Funding for MiABC comes from Michigan farmers through the Soybean Inspection Program.

“Our organization is excited to lead the way in expanding the adoption of modern, cleaner-burning biofuels in Michigan,” says Fritz. “Advanced biofuels provide simple and cost-effective ways for Michigan communities and fleets to meet carbon reduction goals without investing in additional resources or infrastructure. And that fuel provides new markets for soybeans grown in our state.”

MiABC stakeholders

Twelve organizations are the initial stakeholders in MiABC. By joining the coalition, stakeholders demonstrate their commitment to improving Michigan communities through increased energy security, cleaner air and a healthier environment.

Michigan MiABC Stakeholders:

  • Michigan Soybean Committee, St. John’s, Michigan. This farmer-led organization manages the soybean inspection program in Michigan. The Michigan Soybean Committee manages resources to increase the return on investment for Michigan’s 12,000 soybean farmers while increasing sustainable soybean production.
  • Michigan Soybean Association, St. John’s, Michigan. The Michigan Soybean Association is a membership organization representing soybean farmers in both Lansing, Michigan and Washington, DC.
  • Clean Fuel Michigan, Lansing, Michigan. Clean Fuels Michigan (CFM) brings together stakeholders from across the clean transportation industry to show a united force for the industry. CFM advocates for a range of alternative fuels, including biofuels, hydrogen, propane, natural gas and electric vehicles.
  • Cooperative Elevator Co., Pigeon, Michigan. Cooperative Elevator Co. has served diverse farmers in Michigan’s Thumb region for over 100 years and provides value-added products and services to meet customers’ agricultural and energy needs. Cooperative Elevator Co., committed to sustainable development, was recognized as Michigan’s 2017 Outstanding Green Agribusiness.
  • Michigan’s Clean Cities, East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan Clean Cities helps promote and expand the use of clean modes of transportation in Michigan. The organization works to solve the national problem of oil dependence through activities that develop the market for alternative fuels and modern vehicles. Membership is open to anyone interested in cleaner fuels, vehicles and methods to reduce oil use.
  • Third Coast Commodities, LLC, Buchanan, Michigan. Third Coast Commodities provides services to more than 200 companies nationally and internationally in the broader fats, oils and greases (FOG), commercial pulping, biofuels, restaurant processing, oleochemicals, animal feed and fuel oil industries. Above all, Third Coast is committed to providing customers with insight and confidence in trading their industry’s by-products while providing transactional ease.
  • Thumb BioEnergy, Sandusky, Michigan. Thumb BioEnergy collects used cooking and frying oil from more than 800 restaurants across Michigan and turns it into clean-burning biodiesel. In business since 2009, Thumb BioEnergy is a certified BQ-9000 biodiesel producer, demonstrating its commitment to providing high quality biodiesel to the Thumb region of Michigan and beyond.
  • W2 Fuel LLC, Adrian, Michigan. W2 Fuel is a growing biofuel producer with locations in Michigan and Iowa and partners and customers throughout the United States. The company has been a leading biodiesel producer in the Great Lakes region since 2005 and is BQ-9000 certified to ensure biodiesel quality.

MiABC stakeholders outside of Michigan: American Clean Fuels AllianceJefferson City, Missouri; Groen Solutions, LLCSpringfield, Illinois; Indigenous Energy, Inc., Chicago, Illinois; and MARC-IV ConsultationKearney, Missouri.

Optimism for the future

MiABC member Leon Jackson, founder and co-owner Thumb BioEnergy, is optimistic about the long-term potential of biodiesel in Michigan, especially in the medium and heavy duty sectors. “Electricity use in the transportation sector will grow, but we will still need significant amounts of liquid fuels, including biodiesel, for some applications. Biodiesel has the opportunity to help meet this need in a way that achieves a low carbon index,” says Jackson.

For more information on biodiesel and MiABC visit miadvancedbiofuels.com.

The Michigan Soybean Committee manages check dollar investments on behalf of more than 12,000 Michigan soybean farmers to improve return on investment while increasing sustainable soybean production. MSC is governed by federal inspection program regulations and is led by a 7-member board of directors appointed by the governor. Checkoff investments are used for research, education and development of market opportunities for soybeans.

— Michigan Soybean Committee

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