Greg Anderson says the organization’s priorities include pushing for approval of the tax extenders legislation, which includes the biodiesel tax credit, and getting out robust 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements.
“Members of the Biodiesel board are working hard and our staff to get that done in this session, if at all possible, before the end of the year,” Anderson says. “Another thing that’s really important is to protect the RFS against repeal or any weakening of the RFS.”
Despite uncertainty about renewing the biodiesel tax credit, Anderson says the industry is doing well with production in the state.
Nebraska’s refineries are expected to finish the year by producing 1.6-billion gallons of biofuels, which is 12% of the nation’s capacity of almost 14-billion gallons.
“It’s going to be close to what we did last year and in light of all of these obstacles that we’re facing, I think it’s a very good accomplishment for the biodiesel industry,” Anderson says. “It shows it’s a strong fuel and that it’s readily available and it’s the only advanced biofuel that’s commercially available.”
Nebraska is the nation’s number-two ethanol producer behind only Iowa. Biofuels are responsible for about 1,200 jobs in Nebraska.
The state has 24 ethanol plants operating with a capacity of more than 2-billion gallons a year and consuming 700-million bushels of corn.
The National Biodiesel Board is based in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton