The recent EPA announcement authorizing an E15 blend for 2007, or newer, vehicles “will help boost demand, and EPA will make a decision later this year regarding 2001-2006 model vehicles.”

For more, see EPA E15

Even so, said Vilsack, it’s time to pick up the pace. He pointed to discontinued incentives as a reason for the recent loss of some 12,000 jobs in the biofuel industry.  

“Incentives helped build the biofuel industry and incentives need to continue. Congress should start by reinstating the Biodiesel Production Tax Credit and providing a fiscally responsible short-term extension of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit. At the same time, we need to begin to think about reforms to the ethanol credit program to make it more efficient and effective at addressing the full range of challenges we face in meeting our goals for traditional and next generation biofuels.”

However, “incentives, by themselves, are not enough. Our effort must include identifying additional feed stocks available throughout the country and discovering more efficient production processes. Research and development must intensify.”