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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National Biodiesel Foundation Receives DERA Grants for 2021

Oct 23, 2020, 3:35 PM
NBF Receives Grants through US EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Program

NEWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact: Jill Hamilton
703-322-4484
jill@biodieselfoundation.org

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –The National Biodiesel Foundation was awarded two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants through the 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. The first is in partnership with the District of Columbia (DC) Department of Public Works and DC Department of Water. The second is with the Iowa Department of Transportation. The Foundation is also partnering with Optimus Technologies and  Renewable Energy Group (REG) on projects supporting the purchase of new vehicles equipped to run on 100% biodiesel (B100).

The DC project will support the purchase of 24 short-haul utility replacement vehicles equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction. The Iowa project will replace a multi-purpose vehicle in both Ames and Des-Moines. All replacement vehicles will use Optimus Technologies’ Vector system, allowing the vehicles to operate exclusively on 100% biodiesel to optimize fuel savings, increase performance, and reduce emissions. The projects include an educational effort to persons and organizations owning and operating the fleets and public outreach conducted through local partnerships.

"We are excited to be able to work with DC Public Works, DC Water, and the Iowa Department of Transportation to reduce emissions in their cities," said Tom Verry, Executive Director of the Foundation, "Utilizing Optimus technology on the vehicles will allow them to fuel with higher biodiesel blends and provides a future of clean and sustainable diesel.”

DC Water and Sewer Fleet Director Tim Fitzgerald added, “The thought leaders at DC Water welcome this award and are working hard with our partners to increase the diesel emissions reductions in the area. This is a good legacy and a great way to help improve the future we leave for our children.”

“We're proud to partner on these EPA and Foundation projects with sustainability leaders from across the country. These projects expand the use of 100% biodiesel and showcase biodiesel's ability to assist fleets in achieving carbon neutrality today for the most severe-duty applications, like snow removal and refuse collection vehicles,” said Colin Huwyler, CEO of Optimus Technologies. “Optimus’ technology enables these fleets to achieve a larger carbon reduction than an equivalent electric vehicle, while at the same time utilizing their existing vehicle specifications.”

Renewable Energy Group (REG) is also a project partner and is providing the B100 refueling infrastructure for the fleets. Community engagement will be done through coordination with fleet partners and community leaders. In DC, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Greater Washington Regional Clean Cities Coalition will provide outreach and education. In Iowa, the Iowa Biodiesel Board and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association will assist in promoting the results and benefits of the Iowa DOT vehicles.

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without modification. The Foundation works with industry to expand the use and application of biodiesel.

Consider support the Foundation through a donation by visiting the website.

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