Stable tax policy supports continued growth of the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry, helping to create jobs and economic opportunities across the country. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are widely available low-carbon fuels that enable states and cities to meet carbon reduction goals today.

In May 2021, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to extend the biodiesel tax incentive through 2025. When the credit is in place at the start of the year -- as it was in 2020 and 2021 and will be for 2022 -- the biodiesel industry can grow with confidence. Please use this form to identify your elected officials and ask them to co-sponsor the extension and support including it in any legislation addressing climate change, economic stimulus, or infrastructure. You can send a ready-made note -- or personalize it with information about your company.

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:

  • With plants and markets across the country, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and pays $2.5 billion in annual wages. The industry generates 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 for farm workers, producers, and distributors.
  • Biodiesel is a better, cleaner fuel. It is 74 percent less carbon intensive than petroleum diesel on average, and it significantly reduces particulate and hydrocarbon emissions that are tied to asthma and cardiovascular disease.
  • Biodiesel producers use a variety of raw materials – including recycled cooking oil, animal fats and plant oils – providing value to underutilized resources.


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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

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 Contact: Paul Winters
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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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