EPA opens registration for Jan. 10 hearing on RFS ‘set’ rule

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2022

The U.S. EPA is now accepting registrations for a virtual public hearing to be held Jan. 10 on its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard “set” rule, which includes renewable volume obligations for 2023, 2024 and 2025 and outlines the agency’s plans for the generation of e-RINs from eligible sources of renewable electricity. The hearing may be extended through Jan. 11, if necessary, to accommodate the number of people who sign up to testify.

The EPA released its proposed “set” rule on Dec. 1. The proposed rule sets the 2023, 2024 and 2025 RVOs at 20.82 billion gallons, 21.87 billion gallons, and 22.68 billion gallons, respectively. A 250-million-gallon supplemental obligation would also be imposed for 2023. That supplemental obligation aims to address remand of the 2014-2016 annal rule by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Americans for Clean Energy v. EPA. A similar 250-million-gallon supplemental obligation was implemented for compliance year 2022.

The proposed “set” rule also includes long-awaited regulatory provisions to allow renewable identification number (RINs) to be generated for renewable electricity used to fuel vehicles (eRINs). The EPA’s proposed approach for eRINs would allow vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to generate eRINs based on the light-duty electric vehicles they sell by establishing contracts with parties that produce electricity from qualifying biogas. Under the proposal, eRINs would represent the quantity of renewable electricity determined to be used by both new and previously sold (legacy) light-duty vehicles for transportation, provided that sufficient renewable electricity has been produced and contracted by the OEM.

During the virtual public hearing, each commenter will have 3 minutes to provide oral testimony. The EPA may ask clarifying questions during the oral presentations, but will not respond to the presentations at that time.

Written statements and supporting information submitted during the comment period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing.

All hearing attendees, including those who do not intend to provide testimony, are directed to register for the event by Jan. 3. Additional information is available on the Federal Register website.