Clean Fuels Alliance America advocates on behalf of its members in regulatory and legislative issues at both the state and federal levels. Find more information about federal policies that support the growth of biodiesel and renewable diesel and about Clean Fuels' advocacy efforts through the links below.
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RenewableFuel Standard (RFS)
Clean Fuels advocates for sustainable growth of the biodiesel market under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to include annually set volumes of advanced biofuels such as biomass-based diesel.
Tax & Clean Energy Policy
Clean Fuels supports the multi-year, forward-looking extension of the $1.00-per-gallon federal tax credit adopted by Congress because it incentivizes fuel blenders to include biodiesel and renewable diesel in the U.S. transportation fuel market.
Biodiesel Fair Trade
Clean Fuels' Fair Trade Coalition supports fair trade in the biodiesel market. The coalition advocates for the U.S. Commerce Department to maintain trade protections against unfairly subsidized and dumped biodiesel imports.
RFS Small Refiner Exemptions
Clean Fuels opposes retroactive exemptions, which reduce RFS biomass-based diesel volumes by hundreds of millions of gallons every year. Clean Fuels advocates that EPA ensure the annual RFS volumes it sets are fully met even after granting exemptions.
Several USDA programs help build markets and increase consumer access to biodiesel through infrastructure grants, education and producer support payments. Clean Fuels advocates for annual funding of several important programs.
Clean Fuels works with federal agencies, such as USDA, to highlight biodiesel’s innovative role in addressing carbon emissions in the transportation and agriculture sectors.
Today, Clean Fuels Alliance America thanked Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) for introducing new legislation – the Home Front Energy Independence Act – that would help biodiesel and renewable diesel continue growing, meeting consumer needs, and improving U.S. energy security. The bill would pair a ban on U.S. imports of Russian petroleum products with support for U.S. biofuel production to maintain fuel supplies and address prices. The legislation combines elements of the senators’ previous bills that Clean Fuels supports, including a biodiesel infrastructure program and extension of the biodiesel tax incentive.
“Clean Fuels and its members applaud the strong, bipartisan action that Senators Ernst, Klobuchar and others are proposing to boost America’s energy independence,” Kurt Kovarik, Clean Fuels’ Vice President of Federal Affairs, states. “The more than 65,000 U.S. workers in the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry are helping to meet the nation’s need for cleaner, better transportation fuels.
“We appreciate the Senators’ continued support for a new program to match investments in biodiesel infrastructure and improve consumer access to clean fuels. Over the past decade, the contribution that biodiesel and renewable diesel have made to America‘s fuel supply has kept fuel prices down by an average of 31 cents per gallon. The health benefits and environmental benefits that biodiesel provides Americans exceed two dollars a gallon, according to a recent study sponsored by Clean Fuels.”
The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and 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. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans.