“Specifically, our success clearly demonstrates that the biodiesel tax incentive and the Renewable Fuel Standard are working just as Congress envisioned,” Steckel added. “Our industry is creating jobs, reducing our dependence on imported fuel, and improving the environment.”
A recent economic study commissioned by NBB found that biodiesel production of one billion gallons supports 39,027 jobs across the country and more than $2.1 billion in household income. An additional 11,698 jobs could be added between 2012 and 2013 alone under continued growth in the RFS and with an extension of the biodiesel tax incentive.
Imperium Grays Harbor is the second largest biodiesel facility in the U.S. and Imperium Renewables employs 50 people between their Seattle headquarters and production facility in Aberdeen.
“Second-guessing the RFS or reducing the growth of the industry would be harmful to growing U.S. jobs and damaging to our national security,” Plaza said. “The production milestone of 2011 proves that these policies work, and that innovation and competitiveness can reduce America’s dangerous dependence on imported fuel. Just as President Obama said in his most recent State of the Union address, we need to stay the course to continue creating jobs and building America’s energy capacity. Maintaining the intent of RFS2 as authorized in 2007 by President Bush is paramount to providing stable long-term policy for this industry.”
The biodiesel industry is calling on the EPA and the Obama Administration to finalize the EPA’s proposal to boost the biodiesel volume requirement under the RFS to 1.28 billion gallons in 2013. Industry leaders say this is critical policy to continue to support the biodiesel industry and the jobs that exist today and in the future.
Biodiesel is the first and only commercial-scale fuel used across the U.S. to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition as an Advanced Biofuel. It is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines and meets a strict ASTM fuel specification. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as agricultural oils, recycled cooking oil and animal fats, it is produced in nearly every state in the country.
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To view the EPA’s numbers, visit http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/rfsdata/2011emts.htm.