EPA’s RFS plan balances short-term pain with long-term gain for biofuels

Source: By Inside EPA • Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

EPA in a series of recent actions is moving to substantially cut biofuel blending mandates under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in the near-term and allowing refiners still more time to comply with the requirements, drawing sharp rebukes from the biofuels sector and its champions in Congress. Biofuels groups say that EPA’s retroactive cuts planned for 2020, in particular, are unlawful. But despite the planned cuts in blending volumes for 2020 and 2021, which biofuels advocates strongly oppose, EPA plans for an increase over current volumes for 2022, pointing toward a more generous policy in 2023 and beyond, when statutory volume targets expire. That may be why some biofuels advocates are calling the proposal a “mixed bag.”