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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 Supports USDA Inclusion of Biodiesel in Infrastructure Program

Jan 31, 2020, 9:39 AM
USDA should incentivize emerging markets that maximize biodiesel’s reach to consumers


 Contact: Paul Winters


WASHINGTON, DC - The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) today released comments in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's request for information on the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). NBB expressed the biodiesel industry's gratitude for inclusion in the program, since the infrastructure needs for biodiesel, renewable diesel, Bioheat® fuel, and sustainable aviation fuel are different from those of other biofuels.

"The biodiesel industry is grateful for the opportunity to be included in this program," NBB states in the comments. "As USDA moves forward, we ask that the department be inclusive of all infrastructure opportunities that would increase the use of biodiesel, including Bioheat® fuel and sustainable aviation fuel. In order to ensure the best return on dollars spent and facilitate true growth, we ask that USDA emphasize investments where there is either an existing or emerging market."

Kurt Kovarik, NBB's VP of Federal Affairs, added, "We thank USDA and administration leaders for following through on President Trump's pledge to support infrastructure projects that facilitate higher biofuel blends. American consumers are increasingly demanding access to clean, low-carbon, advanced biofuels, like biodiesel. We look forward to working with USDA to strengthen the market for higher blends of biodiesel, renewable diesel, Bioheat® fuel and sustainable aviation fuels."

USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service and Commodity Credit Corporation are exploring options to expand U.S. biodiesel and ethanol availability through infrastructure projects to facilitate increased sales of biofuel blends, including B20 and higher. The effort aims to build on the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP), which from 2016 to 2019 expanded infrastructure for higher ethanol blends.

In its comments, NBB asked USDA to focus the program on investments in strategic terminals, pipeline storage and rail expansion to create broader downstream capacity to sell more gallons: "Investments would be best served on opportunities that would afford the greatest additional volumes of biodiesel (references to biodiesel include Bioheat and sustainable aviation fuel) to enter the marketplace. The greatest barriers to biodiesel distribution are at the terminal and pipeline terminal level, as well as rail to reach distribution centers."

A copy of NBB's comments is available for download.


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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