Tax credits expired, bills for increased nationwide use of biodiesel failed, and the unset RFS volumes, it is safe to say the last 12 months have been hard on the biodiesel industry. However, there has never been more support for the biofuels industry than there is today. From grassroots organizations, businesses, to most recently a group representing 33 state governors, there are a lot of people and organizations pushing to increase the blending mandates for biodiesel and certain kinds of ethanol.
“Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), the leaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, said potential decreases in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol could hurt the nascent waste biofuel industry.”
The full article is available here: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/219560-governors-ask-for-higher-biodiesel-ethanol-mandates
Also as discussed in the article, many states now recognize the economic boost that bio fuels provide. Bio fuels stimulate job growth in agriculture and transportation as well as the bio fuel industry. AS pointed out in the article: “The governors said the expanding industry that produces biofuel from waste products — also known as advanced biofuels — could bring millions of gallons of clean fuel, create thousands of jobs and decrease reliance on imported oil, among other benefits.”
When one considers all of the support the biodiesel industry is receiving it seems likely that biodiesel will again gain momentum and become a larger player in fueling America. However, it is important remember that biodiesel is easy to produce and that production should not be limited to large industrial production plants. Anyone individual, business, or farming operation can produce their own fuel!