Lobbyists from the D.C. office of Alston & Bird have signed on to represent the Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, according to a congressional lobbying registration filing made this week.
Former U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and Bob Siggins, Pomeroy’s former chief of staff on the Hill, are listed on the form as the two lead Alston lobbyists on the account.
According to its Web site, the company is the nation’s largest biodiesel producer with a nationwide distribution system. The company focuses on converting natural fats, oils and greases into biodiesel.
According to Siggins, the renewable group is looking to bolster its presence in Washington. Siggins said he and Pomeroy will be advocating on behalf of U.S. Department of Agriculture farm programs that provide tax credits and other incentives for the use of renewable fuels. Siggins said they’ll lobbying Congress and executive branch agencies.
According to a 2008 National Law Journal story, Alston has been making a concerted push in recent years to build its alternative energy practice.