NBB strengthens presence in California with new West Coast office

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The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has opened its new West Coast office, to be led by California Air Resources Board (CARB) division chief Floyd Vergara, in the US state of California.

The expansion will strengthen the association’s presence on the US West Coast, where climate programmes are an important market driver for low-carbon fuels such as biodiesel and renewable diesel.

Vergara brings over 32 years of experience at CARB to the NBB team; most recently, he was chief of the industrial strategies division and assistant chief of the research division. He has overseen numerous key climate and air quality programmes at CARB, including the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the cap-and-trade programme.

“NBB has always had a significant presence in California, but the time was right to take our efforts to the next level with a full-time staff member in Sacramento,” said Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the NBB. “Our new west coast office will be a substantial boost for NBB members as we work to grow some of biodiesel’s most significant markets.”

“I am absolutely thrilled that we are able to bring Floyd to the NBB to lead our west coast office,” added Shelby Neal, director of state governmental affairs at the NBB. “In addition to overseeing some of California’s most important initiatives, Floyd has helped regulators implement climate and air quality programmes in other states and several foreign countries.  We are very fortunate to have Floyd on our team.”

The office will be located in Sacramento, California, and will be co-located with the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance office. Vergara will additionally serve as director of state regulatory affairs at the NBB.

“I’m extremely excited to take my expertise and the experience learned from my time at CARB beyond the west coast as other regions of the country look to implement similar climate programmes,” Vergara said. “The environmental benefits of biodiesel and renewable diesel are compelling, and I can’t wait to represent these industries as we get in on the ground floor of this national movement toward greater use of clean fuels. NBB’s reputation as a leader in the space makes this transition even more exciting for me personally.”