US ethanol group vows to block RFS reforms tied to refinery bankruptcy

Washington (Platts)-

The US ethanol industry should resist any attempt to weaken the federal biofuel mandate as calls to reform the policy grow ahead of its 2022 expiration and in the wake of a Philadelphia refinery's bankruptcy, Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, said Tuesday.

Dinneen said refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions is the current "poster child for the supposed economic harm" caused by the Renewable Fuel Standard, and yet he said its troubles have little to do with ethanol.