Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

The Environmental Protection Agency's delays in setting the 2021 Renewable Fuel Standard obligations create uncertainty for the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry. While the agency provided compliance flexibility to oil refineries, it created addtional uncertainty for biofuel producers by indicating to reporters that it would retroactively slash RFS volumes for both 2020 and 2021.

Please contact your Representative and Senators and update them on the situation through this form. As the 117th Congress considers legislative options to address environmental and economic issues, this is an opportunity to let lawmakers know that support for the RFS helps biodiesel and renewable diesel producers.


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:

  • EPA knows that RFS deadlines are important to all program stakeholders. Biodiesel and renewable diesel producers particularly rely on market signals from annual rules.
  • The missed deadlines create additional uncertainty for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers, who have set goals for continued growth through 2030.
  • EPA destroyed demand for hundreds of millions of gallons of biodiesel over the past several years by abusing small refinery exemptions. EPA has many options to repair the damage to the biodiesel industry and is required to do so.
  • Each small refinery exemption can eliminate demand for an entire biodiesel facility’s annual production. A “small” oil refinery can produce up to 3 million gallons of fuel per day. Its annual RFS obligation would include 20 million gallons of biodiesel, the amount some small plants produce in a year.
  • A U.S. Court of Appeals decision from January 2020 limited EPA’s authority to grant small refinery exemptions. EPA should immediately apply the court’s ruling to all pending and future exemptions.
  • EPA also ignored a 2017 U.S. Court of Appeals order to reconsider a waiver of 500 million gallons of renewable fuel. It is long past time for the agency to address the shortfall.


Focus on RFS News

Biodiesel Industry Asks Congress to Ensure Stability, Predictability in RFS

Jun 22, 2018, 9:13 AM
REG CEO Randy Howard testifies on behalf of NBB before a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee hearing


Contact: Paul Winters

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Renewable Energy Group (REG) CEO Randy Howard, on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), delivered testimony before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment at a hearing titled “Advanced Biofuels Under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects.” Mr. Howard emphasized to subcommittee members that stable, predictable growth for biodiesel are key to the future success of the program.

Mr. Howard concluded his statement to the Subcommittee by saying, “The RFS provides a winning combination of benefits for Americans: greater energy security, substantial environmental benefits, and enhanced value-added agriculture. We would ask Congress to continue to support the program and use its oversight authority to ensure that EPA administers the program according to Congress’ intent.”

The subcommittee heard from a panel of seven witnesses, including representatives of the petroleum refining industry and an environmental group. Mr. Howard stressed the greenhouse gas emission reductions, the feedstock diversity, and the job creation achieved through biodiesel use.

“Biodiesel truly is a success story of the RFS, helping to realize the energy security and environmental benefits that the RFS was intended to achieve,” Mr. Howard stated. “Biodiesel has consistently delivered more than the RFS currently requires – and we can do much more,” he continued.

Mr. Howard’s submitted testimony is available on the Energy & Commerce Committee website.

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.


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