With new renewable fuel standard volumes announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Biodiesel Board’s annual Washington, D.C., meeting couldn’t have come at a better time.
NBB CEO Joe Jobe, joined by the NBB governing board, NBB members and industry partners, rallied around the new RFS numbers while stressing that there is room to grow.
As part of the meetings, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association leaders, along with vested Minnesota biodiesel partners, took to Capitol Hill to continue to push for support for biodiesel.
“We let our legislators know that the RFS is needed for biodiesel,” said Chris Hill, MSGA director for Jackson County. “It’s important we keep our conversation with EPA moving forward.”
Hill, who was joined on the legislative visits by MSGA Director Ed Hegland of Swift County, members of the MN Biodiesel Council and Minnesota Soybean staff, says it was important to let legislators know that the volumes are good for biodiesel but that there was opportunity to grow those numbers.
Renewable Energy Groups’ Scott Hedderich, who represented the MN Biodiesel Council, stressed how important the biodiesel blenders tax credit was to certainty in the industry. He said without the blending credit, it is difficult for processers to make a solid financial plan year after year.
“Our congressional delegation understands how important biodiesel is for both our farmers and our plants in the state,” Hill said. “Having certainty is always important in keeping this industry moving forward.
The group visited Senator Al Franken, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Tom Emmer, Congressman Erik Paulsen, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Congressman Collin Peterson, Congressman Tim Walz, Congressman Keith Ellison, Congressman John Kline and Congressman Rick Nolan.
The comment period for the new proposed volumes ends July 27, 2015. Thus, NBB has a pair of take action letters for the RFS and the biodiesel blenders tax credit. To show your support for either or for both go to http://biodiesel.org/policy/fueling-action-center.