Biodiesel Credit Gets New Life

John Davis

It looks like the federal biodiesel tax credit that expired at the end of last year could have new life.

An extension of the $1-a-gallon blenders credit has been attached to the new, $150 billion American Workers, State and Business Relief Act, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). Biodiesel Magazine reports that the measure could come to a vote this week:

Biodiesel producers have watched hopefully and helplessly as a tax credit “extender” has been included now in four different pieces of legislation since last fall. For the time being, the industry remains a ringside spectator.

One Biodiesel Magazine source said the fact that some players in the biodiesel industry were “double-dipping” in 2007 and 2008 by taking the $1 per gallon federal excise tax credit for methyl ester blending, then shipping the fuel to Europe to cash in on additional subsidies, has caused a “public relations issue.”

It’s interesting that the biodiesel credit was too expensive of a provision when it was a bi-partisan measure from Baucus and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley from Iowa. Now, that Reid has his name attached, it is suddenly affordable. Hmmmm…

Biodiesel, Legislation