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.

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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.

 


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NBB Member Testifies on Biodiesel's Contribution to the Clean Energy Economy

Sep 10, 2019, 1:59 PM
Tom Brooks of Western Dubuque Biodiesel testifies to House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development

NEWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact: Paul Winters
 202-737-8801
pwinters@biodiesel.org

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Thomas R. Brooks, General Manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC -- a member of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) -- thanked the House Small Business Committee for considering small biodiesel producers important components of the clean energy economy. Brooks spoke at a hearing on "Growing the Clean Energy Economy" before the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship, chaired by Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA).

"Our small business is a large economic presence in our small community," Brooks stated. "Moreover, we are delivering clean energy right now, today. Strong, consistent federal policy is needed to ensure continued success."

Western Dubuque Biodiesel employs 24 workers at its plant in Farley, Iowa, and hires 28 contract truck drivers, with a combined payroll of $3.7 million. Nationwide, the biodiesel industry in 2018 generated $17.0 billion in total U.S. economic impact, supported 65,600 U.S. jobs and paid $2.5 billion in wages, according to a recent study by LMC International.

Brooks informed the Subcommittee that the industry's growth over the past decade-and-a-half was supported by successful policies such as the biodiesel tax incentive and the Renewable Fuel Standard. However, instability in those federal policies is forcing small businesses to reduce investments and shutter production facilities.

"It's ironic that EPA has shown such concern for the economic hardships facing small petroleum refineries," Brooks stated. "The small refinery exemptions the agency is granting to every refiner that asks are simply shifting the hardship to even smaller biodiesel producers -- small businesses like mine."

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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For more about biodiesel, visit www.biodiesel.org.

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