Policy Priorities

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.

Clean Fuels has a dedicated team of experts in Washington, D.C. and in the Jefferson City, MO, headquarters, who can help you connect with policy makers on these issues. Clean Fuels' Fueling Action Center is set up to connect you with your elected officials with a few simple clicks.

 


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.

Infrastructure
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.

Addressing Carbon
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.


Focus on Policy News


Clean Fuels Thanks Senate for Extending Tax Incentives, Infrastructure Funding

Aug 8, 2022, 09:53 AM
Policies will support continued growth of biodiesel, renewable diesel, and SAF

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Clean Fuels Alliance America welcomed Senate passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. If enacted, the legislation will extend the existing biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive through 2024, increase the value of the existing sustainable aviation fuel tax incentive through 2024, and create a new Clean Fuel Production Credit for 2025, 2026 and 2027. The legislation also creates a new Biofuel Infrastructure and Agriculture Product Market Expansion, with authorized funding through September 2031.

Clean Fuels’ Vice President of Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik stated, “The clean fuels industry grew and increased production over the past several years, making an essential contribution to the nation’s fuel supply that lowers fuel prices, supports good-paying jobs, adds value for America’s farmers, and cuts carbon emissions. Long-term certainty in tax policy helped our industry meet America’s transportation needs, and we appreciate the further extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. Our members are among the first to bring sustainable aviation fuel to market and we are grateful for the increased support for the industry’s growth included in this legislation.

“We applaud the new Biofuel Infrastructure and Agriculture Product Market Expansion, which will build on the success of USDA’s current infrastructure grant program. The grants will help our industry deliver cleaner, better fuels for transportation and heating directly to consumers across the country.

“As our industry looks to continue growing and sustainably meeting America’s need for affordable, clean energy, we thank Congress – particularly Senators Amy Klobuchar, Debbie Stabenow, Tammy Duckworth, Dick Durbin and Representatives Cindy Axne, Angie Craig and Cheri Bustos – for recognizing the environmental benefits of increased use of clean fuels. We also thank Senators Chuck Grassley, Maria Cantwell, John Thune, Joni Ernst, Representatives Mike Kelly, Darin LaHood and the many other cosponsors of the bipartisan standalone biodiesel tax credit and biofuels infrastructure bills who provided crucial support for these provisions.”

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. Biodiesel and renewable diesel on average reduce carbon emissions by 74% compared to petroleum diesel.

Contact: Paul Winters, pwinters@cleanfuels.org, 202-737-8803


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