Biobased and Renewable Products News: RFS

August 8, 2013
House Energy & Commerce Members To Work On RFS Proposal In August
House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) have announced plans to work together during the August Congressional recess to find consensus on reforms to the federal RFS. This announcement comes after the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power spent months seeking feedback from biofuels, refiners, and livestock stakeholders, among others, on whether the RFS needs to be reformed or repealed. During the Subcommittee's recent two-day hearing, the general consensus appeared to be that there is broad support for ... read more >
August 6, 2013
EPA Announces Final 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards
On August 6, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed its belated final rule establishing the 2013 renewable volume obligations (RVO) for the four fuel categories that are part of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program under the Clean Air Act (CAA): cellulosic biofuel; biomass-based diesel; advanced biofuel; and total renewable fuel. These standards apply to all gasoline and diesel produced or imported in 2013. Click here for our full memorandum regarding this regulatory ... read more >
August 2, 2013
Energy and Commerce Leadership Begins Effort to Modify RFS
House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) has selected four Republican Representatives to lead an effort to modify the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): John Shimkus (IL); Cory Gardner (CO); Lee Terry (NE); and, Steve Scalise (LA). Choosing these four Representatives for this effort signals the intent of Committee leadership to draft and consider legislation this Congress to modify the RFS. The biofuels industry has been urging against such action, arguing that the RFS is working as intended to spur investment in the industry while providing sufficient authority to ... read more >
July 26, 2013
EPA Published Notice On Barley As Feedstock Under RFS
On July 23, 2013, EPA published its notice for public comment on the Agency's conclusion that the use of barley as a feedstock can meet the lifecycle emissions reductions requirements for both conventional and advanced biofuels under the RFS. The notice is available online. Comments are due by August 22, 2013. These findings help set up the likelihood that EPA will approve barley as a biofuels feedstock to help meet the volumetric requirements under the RFS. Specifically, EPA has found that: "barley, when used to make ethanol at facilities that use natural gas for all process ... read more >
July 26, 2013
House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Two-Day Hearing On The RFS
The House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power held its much anticipated two-day hearing on the RFS, with 16 witnesses from both sides testifying. The following is the full list of witnesses: Panel I • Mr. Jack N. Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute • Mr. Charles T. Drevna, President, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers • Mr. Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association • Mr. Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association • Dr. Jeremy I. Martin, Senior Scientist, ... read more >
July 26, 2013
Additional RFS Developments This Week
As the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power heard from 16 witnesses from all sides of the RFS debate, a senior official in the Obama Administration made strong public statements in support of leaving the RFS law alone. Heather Zichal, President Obama's top climate change advisor, stated publicly this week that the Administration supports the RFS as the fundamental policy promoting investment in the U.S. biofuels industry. Further, she echoed arguments made by RFS supporters that the law is working as intended to help the development and commercialization of the ... read more >
July 19, 2013
Latest Action On RFS
Activity on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is in full swing on Capitol Hill. Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power issued its fifth and final white paper on the RFS seeking input from stakeholders on "implementation issues" with the policy. The white paper is available online. The white paper follows the Subcommittee's hearing last month at which government witnesses testified on the effectiveness and implementation of the RFS. Specifically in this latest white paper, the Subcommittee is requesting, among ... read more >
July 19, 2013
EPA Expected To Approve Barley As Feedstock Under RFS
EPA has announced that it will soon publish in the Federal Register a notice for comment on EPA's conclusion that the use of barley as a feedstock can meet the lifecycle emissions reductions requirements for both conventional and advanced biofuels under the RFS. These findings help ensure the likelihood that EPA will approve barley as a biofuels feedstock to help meet the volumetric requirements under the RFS. Specifically, EPA has found that: "barley, when used to make ethanol at facilities that use natural gas for all process energy, grid electricity, and drying 100% distillers ... read more >
June 27, 2013
House Energy And Commerce Hearings On RFS
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on "Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Government Perspectives." Three government witnesses testified at the hearing: Adam Sieminski, Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); and Christopher Grundler, Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A link to the official website on the hearing, which ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Legislation Introduced To Repeal The RFS
This week, Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced S. 1195, a bill to repeal the RFS. S. 1195, the Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act, is companion legislation to H.R. 1461, the Renewable Fuel Elimination Act, which was introduced in April by Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The introduction of this legislation marks a victory for the refining industry, chain restaurants, and other industry groups that oppose the RFS. It is another action taken that supports their efforts to repeal the RFS. It is unlikely the bill will be enacted, ... read more >
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