In the last year, Clean Fuels Alliance America and its members fostered a successful policy surge at all levels, from state production incentives, to low carbon fuel standards, to the federal biodiesel tax credit and more.
The Clean Fuels Conference kicked off with a panel to examine how state and federal policies, including the Renewable Fuel Standard, shape the present and future of clean fuels, against the backdrop of new and old challenges. Moderated by Clean Fuels COO Doug Whitehead, the panel also dove into post-election analysis and its potential impact.
Pictured left to right next to Whitehead are Richard Corey with AJW; Julie Tighe, New York League of Conservation Voters; Floyd Vergara, Clean Fuels Director of State Governmental Affairs; Russ Sullivan, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Byron Dorgan, ArentFox Schiff; and Kurt Kovarik, Clean Fuels Vice President of Federal Affairs.
Click on the player below to listen to their conversation:
Kovarik says the Inflation Reduction Act includes important provisions for the clean fuels industry, such as an extension of the biodiesel blenders tax credit for two years followed by a clean fuels production credit through 2027. “The disappointing news recently is the proposal from EPA for a three year volume obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard that essentially flat lines biomass-based diesel,” said Kovarik. “We’ve got until June to affect the rule so I’m hopeful the message gets to EPA they need to course correct on this.” He urges all stakeholders to provide input before the public comment period ends February 10.