(NAFB)--The House Energy and Power Subcommittee started a two-day hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard Tuesday.
House Energy Committee Chair Fred Upton said the current system can’t stand and expressed hope that a discussion would start that considers a host of potential modifications and updates to the RFS. Upton said the end goal would be a system that works best for the American people. The biofuel industry argues the Environmental Protection Agency has flexibility to address the concerns of RFS critics.
They also warn that changes to the rule will scare off investment in next-generation biofuels. Opponents - on the other hand -say the mandate forces refiners to buy credits to meet targets for next-generation biofuels that haven’t reached commercial scale. And they warn refiners are approaching a blend wall - requiring them to churn out fuel mixes with a higher ethanol concentration that many gas stations don’t have the infrastructure to support.
It was reported Monday that Upton will direct his staff to start drafting reform legislation over the August recess. Reportedly Senate Democrats are looking at the RFS as well. At the same time - Fuels America is running a new advertising campaign in defense of the RFS. The ads say the RFS allows the U.S. to have control over its energy future. The ad campaign - which is targeted to policy makers in the nation’s capital - also points out that diversifying fuel sources to include more renewable fuel will help increase U.S. economic and national security and ensure a healthier environment.