Infrastructure Policy

Clean Fuels worked with USDA to ensure that biodiesel projects are eligible to participate in the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which provides matching grants on projects that will increase consumer access to biodiesel blends, such as B20.

Clean Fuels supports the Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act of 2021 (S 227/HR 1542), bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will continue this successful program, which has already increased consumer access to biodiesel by 140 million gallons per year. Please use this form to write your Representative and Senators and encourage their support. 

Clean Fuels asks Congress to provide funding through annual appropriations for Farm Bill programs that help biodiesel and renewable diesel increase production and open new markets. Congress reauthorized the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program and the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018; however, Congress did not provide mandatory funds for the education program.

As our members communicate with Members of Congress, USDA and other Washington policy makers, the media, and the public, Clean Fuels works with them to amplify these points:

  • Advanced biofuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel drive investment, job creation, and innovation in feedstock development. Every 100 million gallons of increased biodiesel production supports roughly 3,200 jobs.
  • With plants and markets across the country, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports more than 60,000 U.S. jobs, paying $2.5 billion in annual wages. The industry generates more than $17 billion in economic activity each year.
  • Increased biodiesel and renewable diesel production levels support U.S. energy independence.

 



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Clean Fuels Applauds Home Front Energy Independence Act

Mar 9, 2022, 16:48 PM
Bipartisan bill would support continued growth and availability of American-made, cleaner, better fuels

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.

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