House hearing on RFS fails to include input from biofuel industry

By  Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine.

On March 16, subcommittees of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on the U.S. EPA’s management of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The ethanol industry has criticized the event for failing to include testimony from a representative of the biofuels industry.

Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality; John DeCicco, a research professor with the University of Michigan Energy Institute; Kelly Stone, a policy analyst with ActionAid USA; Wallace Tyner, James and Lois Ackerman Professor at Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics; and Nicolas Loris, Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, offered testimony at the hearing.

During the nearly two hour event, Grundler was asked about future RFS standards. “I am not in a position to speculate what 2017, 2018, or 2019 standards will be,” he said. “That will be up to the administrator. We are doing the analysis right now for the 2017 volumes.”