State legislature across the county discussed more than 275 pieces of biodiesel-specific legislation, including 53 passing bills, according to the National Biodiesel Board. Incentives, grants and tax credits designed to promote biodiesel production and use are at an all-time high, the NBB says.
"When it comes to alternative energy proposals, there is increasing momentum in statehouses across the country, and we've seen it building year to year," says Joe Jobe, Chief Executive Officer of NBB. "Many governors and lawmakers want to go beyond what is happening on the federal level and are tapping into their own state resources to offer proposals that will not only reduce our reliance on foreign oil, but create jobs and strengthen state economies."
NBB recognizes the governors of Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania for proposing or enacting ways to promote biofuels. For more about state legislation, see www.biodiesel.org/2006leg.htm.
"Biodiesel production could reach 200 to 250 million gallons this year – tripling the amount produced last year," Jobe says. "With this flurry of activity at the state level, production increases could be even more dramatic in 2007. NBB applauds the leadership of these and other states working to achieve greater energy independence for our country."