The biodiesel tax incentive is slated to again lapse on Dec. 31, 2016. We are urging Congress to pass a long-term extension of the incentive as proposed by Reps. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) in H.R. 5240 and Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) in S. 3188. The tandem bills would extend the incentive through 2019 and reform the tax incentive to a producer's credit aimed at domestic production.
We encourage all biodiesel stakeholders to contact their elected officials in Congress and press for Congress to extend the biodiesel tax incentive. Please use the talking points and other documents posted to the right to help guide your discussions.
To reach your senators' offices, call the Senate switchboard at 202- 224-3121 or visit the Senate website here
. Unless you already have a contact at the office, ask to speak to the staffer who handles energy or tax issues.
To contact your U.S. Representative call the House switchboard at 202-225-3121 or visit the House website here
Additionally, our Washington office is happy to send you a list of key legislative assistants for your lawmakers, along with their direct emails and phone numbers, to make sure you can get through. Feel free to call our Washington office at 202-737-8801.
Congress has used tax incentives to stimulate domestic energy production for more than 100 years. Since being implemented in 2005, the biodiesel tax incentive has played a key role in stimulating growth in the U.S. biodiesel industry, helping it become the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. By helping biodiesel compete on a more level playing field with petroleum, the $1-per-gallon tax credit creates jobs, strengthens U.S. energy security, reduces harmful and costly emissions, diversifies the fuels market, and ultimately lowers costs to the consumer. There is a clear correlation between the tax incentive and increased biodiesel production, which has grown from about 100 million gallons in 2005, when the tax incentive was first implemented, to almost 1.8 billion gallons in 2014.
However, unlike billions of dollars in petroleum tax incentives written permanently into the tax code, the biodiesel tax incentive faces tremendous uncertainty as Congress has passed short-term extensions and allowed it to temporarily expire repeatedly in recent years, including for most of 2015. This has created significant disruptions in the industry. The annual threat of losing the tax incentive has stunted growth, limiting biodiesel producers’ access to capital and investment while restricting their ability to expand and hire new employees. With less than a decade of commercial-scale production, biodiesel remains a young and maturing industry that needs stable, long-term tax policy to continue meaningful growth.