Addressing the Climate Crisis

Transportation is the largest source of U.S. carbon emissions and it is the economic sector most reliant on petroleum. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are drop-in replacements for petroleum diesel. They are readily available today to reduce carbon intensity in transportation.

Congress is debating several pieces of legislation that will invest public resources in infrastructure improvements for transportation and water. Several proposals include billions of dollars for zero-emission vehicle infrastructure. At the same time, there is bipartisan legislation that would provide a comparatively modest amount of money ($1 billion) to continue a successful biodiesel infrastructure grant program that has already increased consumer access to better, cleaner fuel by 140 million gallons.

Please contact your Representative and Senators through this form to thank those who have sponsored the legislation (S 227/HR 1542) and encourage additional legislators to co-sponsor.

As our members and industry supporters communicate with Washington policy makers, the media, and the public, NBB provides the resources to the right and works with them to amplify these points:

  • Over the first decade of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Program, biodiesel and renewable diesel have generated more cumulative carbon credits than any other low-carbon fuel option.
  • For each of the last three years, biodiesel and renewable diesel accounted for 45 percent of California’s transportation sector carbon reductions.
  • In 2019, Oregon achieved 46 percent of its transportation carbon reductions by using 76.8 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel.
  • Nationwide biofuel use under the Renewable Fuel Standard cut carbon emissions by as much as 579 million metric tons over the first decade of the program. That success far exceeds the 422 million metric ton estimate from EPA at the start of the program.

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NBB Thanks USDA for Biodiesel Infrastructure Grants

Apr 23, 2021, 9:07 AM
USDA program is helping expand consumer access to biodiesel and Bioheat®

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) thanked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for providing 12 grants totaling $7.1 million to expand consumer access to low-carbon biodiesel. The grants announced today are the first in FY21 to support biodiesel infrastructure investments under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program and will support nearly 140 million gallons per year through projects from Hawaii to New Hampshire.

Kurt Kovarik, NBB's Vice President of Federal Affairs, stated, "Earth Day is the perfect time for Secretary Vilsack and USDA to announce infrastructure investments that will increase consumer access to clean, low-carbon biodiesel and Bioheat® fuel. Biodiesel reduces carbon on average by 74%, and it cuts particulate matter and other criteria pollutants in transportation and home heating.

"On behalf of NBB's members, I want to thank USDA and Secretary Vilsack for including biodiesel in this program. We also thank Senators Amy Klobuchar and Joni Ernst and Representatives Cindy Axne, Rodney Davis, and Dusty Johnson for introducing bipartisan legislation that would enable USDA to continue making these investments to decarbonize America's fuel infrastructure while rebuilding economic opportunity and creating jobs."

NBB congratulates the biodiesel companies and communities that received grants announced today:

Grant Recipient Community Grant Increase in biodiesel
PCH Truck Stop Center Inc. Long Beach, CA $475,000 676,401 gallons per year.
Sprague Operating Resources LLC Bridgeport, MA and Quincy, MA. $149,187 8,320,000 gallons per year.
Par Hawaii Refining LLC Hilo and Honolulu, HI $670,270 4,713,960 gallons per year.
Pacific Biodiesel Technologies LLC Keaau, Waikapu, and Honolulu, HI $114,000 5,268 gallons per year.
Village of Arlington Heights Arlington Heights, IL $37,500  
Owensboro Grain Company KY $417,000 3,900,000 gallons per year.
MFA Oil Company Sikeston and Palmyra, MO $135,000 16,642,500 gallons per year.
Townsend Oil Company Inc. Danvers, MA; Manchester, NH; and Somersworth, NH $300,000 8,161,903 gallons per year.
Westmore Fuel Company Inc. Port Chester, NY $227,000 5,081,926 gallons per year.
Northville Industries Corporation Holtsville, NY $757,983 38,535,222 gallons per year.
Global Companies LLC Albany, NY; Newburgh, NY; Providence, RI; Bridgeport, CT; and Revere, MA $3,806,637 51,260,490 gallons per year.
Mines Retail LLC Laredo, TX $30,000 2,535,088 gallons per year.

The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans.

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