Changes to Illinois Biodiesel Incentives

By Published On: March 25, 2024Categories: Daily Market News & Insights

Illinois has been a national leader in the biodiesel space, having taken proactive steps to promote the use of biodiesel, including its sales tax exemption program. Currently, businesses benefit from a 6.25% sales tax exemption for blends containing more than 10% biodiesel, with B11 serving as the threshold blend. However, the required blend to receive the sales tax exemption will rise – from B11 to B14 – as of April 1st, 2024.

The legislation will further increase biodiesel blend levels subject to the sales tax exemption to B17 in 2025 and B20 in 2026. You can read the full bill here.

  • On April 1, 2024: Biodiesel or renewable diesel blends will change from B11 to B14.
  • On April 1, 2025: will change from B14 to B17.
  • On April 1, 2026: will increase from B17 to B20.

It’s important to note that during the winter (December to March) of each year – from 2024 to 2026 – the sales tax exemption requirement will return to B11 to qualify for the tax exemption.

Leader in Biodiesel

Illinois has already established itself as a key player in the biodiesel industry. The state currently ranks fourth in biodiesel production and third in consumption, with an annual consumption of 160 million gallons. More than half of the US biodiesel production capacity is in the Midwest, primarily in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. The remainder is mostly located on the Gulf and West Coasts. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), Illinois produced 174 million gallons of biodiesel in 2021.

Illinois is a leader in biodiesel production and among the biggest producers of soybeans in the United States. In 2021, the state claimed the top spot in soybean production, producing a staggering 672.6 million bushels, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

The biodiesel industry in Illinois faces competition from renewable diesel (RD), which shares the same chemical structure as petroleum diesel and is known for its cleaner-burning properties. To keep more soybean oil within the state and support local biodiesel refineries, the law aims to incentivize additional consumption of biofuels within Illinois.


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