The House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Power is holding a two-day hearing on the renewable fuels standard (RFS), titled “Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Stakeholder Perspectives.” The hearing kicked off July 23 with two panels featuring a total of 11 experts offering written and verbal testimony.
In his opening statement, Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., noted that the two-day hearing is the next step in the committee’s evaluation of the RFS, which has been ongoing throughout the year. The evaluation began with a series of white papers that were published to solicit input from interested stakeholders on all major aspects of the program. In addition, a hearing held in late June focused on testimony from government agencies that are tasked with implementing the RFS, including the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Energy Information Administration.
“Despite the differing points of view from which stakeholders come to this issue, it is my hope that with today’s hearing we can start a process of consensus building on a path forward for the RFS. This includes potential adjustments to the RFS that align the program with current energy realities,” said Whitfield in a prepared statement. “Many businesses and many jobs are at stake - from corn farmer to refinery worker to gas station employee to lawnmower maker to ethanol plant worker. And, just as important, the interests of consumers are directly impacted by the RFS. The end goal of this process is an RFS that works as best as possible for everyone.” Read more of the article by Erin Voegele in Biomass Magazine