Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Three Commissioned Papers Related to the Renewable Fuel Standard

Source: Bipartisan Policy Center • Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Energy Projectpublished three of five commissioned background papers on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The remaining two, which are two separate law firms’ perspectives on the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to amend the RFS, will be released by the end of February.

Throughout the course of this year, BPC is working to foster constructive dialogue and action on reforming the RFS. As mentioned when the effort first launched, BPC is convening a diverse RFS advisory group to discuss opportunities for reform, hosting public workshops to solicit broad input, and ultimately publishing viable policy options based, in part, on the advisory group’s deliberations.

As part of this effort, BPC has commissioned a series of background papers on various RFS topics. These papers are targeted at a broad audience that includes not only BPC’s advisory group, but also policymakers, industry, and the public, with the intent to educate and inform the wider debate surrounding this issue. Given a topic as complex as the RFS, these papers cover multiple issues, providing a focused view from the perspectives of technology, infrastructure, policy, and law. Today, BPC released the first three of five background papers in the series:

  1. Technical Barriers to the Consumption of Higher Blends of Ethanol, by The International Council on Clean Transportation
  2. Petroleum and Renewable Fuels Supply Chain, by Stillwater Associates LLC
  3. Inventory of Federal Regulations Affecting Biofuels other than the Renewable Fuel Standard, by Van Ness Feldman
  4. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Authority to Amend the Renewable Fuel Standard, by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP (to be released)
  5. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Authority to Amend the Renewable Fuel Standard, by Bracewell & Giuliani LLP (to be released)

BPC is releasing these papers as they were presented to us. The findings and opinions expressed in these background papers are solely those of the authors. BPC takes no position on the findings nor conclusions developed in these papers; they do not necessarily represent the views of BPC staff or the RFS advisory group.

Members of BPC’s advisory group are biofuels stakeholders who believe that reforming, but not repealing, the RFS is an important and achievable near-term policy goal. BPC and the advisory group will consider both legislative and regulatory reform options for the RFS, and although the advisory group’s deliberations inform BPC’s development of policy options, the stakeholders are not expected to endorse any of the options