NBB In Sight

Biodiesel industry ramps up government affairs efforts
By Scott Hughes | April 01, 2006
Public policy is playing an increasingly important role in the development and growth of our industry. Passage of the volumetric biodiesel fuels credit is but one example. Congress will be making decisions over the next couple of years that could have a dramatic impact on the industry for the next decade. Policy makers will want the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and other industry leaders to be involved in these critical discussions. The NBB is answering this call by ramping up its governmental affairs program and opening an office in Washington, D.C.

The NBB's federal governmental affairs team has a wealth of industry knowledge and Washington-based governmental affairs experience. This diversity positions the team to be well prepared to represent the common interests and needs of the biodiesel industry. The governmental affairs team is structured to supplement the ongoing work with the American Soybean Association (ASA) and to even more effectively coordinate the overall legislative effort.

Top legislative priorities to be addressed include the extension of the federal volumetric biodiesel fuels tax credit beyond 2008, funding for the federal Bioenergy Program in 2007 and reauthorization in the upcoming Farm Bill, and the extension of the Small Agri-Biodiesel Producer Tax Credit program, to mention a few.

In addition to our focus on policy priorities, the NBB continues to be vigilant in our regulatory efforts. With industry growth and our further integration into the nation's fuel pool, biodiesel is facing an ever-increasing volume of regulation impacting sales and use. The NBB's governmental affairs team will be immersed in these critical proceedings. Priority regulatory issues include the development of a final rule for the federal volumetric biodiesel fuels tax credit, implementation of the federal renewable fuels standard and determining the credit value for biodiesel, implications of the new ultra-low-sulfur standard for biodiesel producers and marketers, development of a final rule determining if blenders must utilize mechanical dye injection for tax-exempt blends, and implementation of the alternative fuel refueling infrastructure credit.

Biodiesel's momentum is equally strong in state capitals. In 2005, the NBB tracked approximately 170 biodiesel-related bills in 36 states. This year's state legislative sessions are starting off at a fast pace for biodiesel as well. To date, just over 100 biodiesel-related bills have been introduced in 28 states. State initiatives can and will play an important role in helping maximize the benefit of federal policies while also putting in place additional policies to further spur the production and use of biodiesel. The NBB and others in the biodiesel industry place a high value on state efforts, and will continue to work closely with state stakeholders to assist them in these efforts.

    The NBB's federal governmental affairs team includes:
  • Scott Hughes (director of governmental affairs)-Scott brings over 15 years of governmental affairs, public service and political experience to the position, including having worked on Capitol Hill. In addition, Scott has worked for the NBB for over three years in regulatory affairs.

  • Gordley and Associates-Gordley and Associates is a Washington, D.C.-based government relations firm specializing in legislation and regulatory policies affecting agriculture and related industries. Gordley and Associates has a successful, long-standing relationship with the ASA, NBB and others in the biodiesel industry. Gordley and Associates has been at the center of biodiesel policy efforts since the NBB's beginning.

John Gordley, founder of the company, has extensive experience working in both the legislative and executive branches of government. John's areas of expertise include farm policy, agricultural trade policy and biotechnology. He has played a major role in every national farm bill since 1981. This experience will be invaluable as agriculture policy incorporates several programs critical to the biodiesel industry.

Mark Palmer has served as the primary federal contact for the biodiesel industry over the past two years. Mark has extensive Hill experience and a renewable fuel policy background. Mark was the point person for the industry in its successful efforts to pass the volumetric biodiesel fuels tax credit in 2004.
Janet Kopenhaver (Eye on Washington LLC)-Janet has over 20 years experience in the governmental relations field. Janet has been serving as the Federal Regulatory Consultant for the NBB for over two years. In this capacity, she closely monitors federal agency proposed regulations and grant programs for their impact on the biodiesel industry.
  • Alan Weber (Marc-IV)-Alan is a founding partner of Marc-IV, a consulting company that specializes in the development of industrial products from agricultural resources. Alan has been associated with the NBB and the biodiesel industry for over 10 years. He specializes in advising the NBB on economic and technical activities. Alan has significant experience in federal regulatory affairs and has played a central role in every major federal initiative proposed by the NBB.

  • Tim Urban (Washington Council Ernst & Young)-Tim is a partner with Washington Council Ernst & Young. Tim's areas of expertise include tax and budget issues. Tim has been advising the biodiesel regulatory team since the beginning of the campaign for the biodiesel tax credit in 2002. He has extensive experience in this field, having worked for the tax writing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives (Ways & Means).

  • Karen Coble Edwards (KCE Public Affairs Associates)-KCE will continue to provide public affairs services from Washington, D.C. Since 2000, KCE has counseled the NBB on public, government and media relations. Karen handles Biodiesel Alliance and Backers outreach, and sits on the Transportation Energy Partnership board.
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