Republicans on renewable fuels

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

GOP senators are pushing for EPA to give small refiners a break under the Renewable Fuel Standard as the administration reportedly aims to propose its new quotas for 2021 and 2022. The administration plans to soon send its recommendations for both compliance years to the White House for interagency review, where they’re expected to propose 2021 blending mandates below 2020 levels.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), joined by 16 of his Republican peers, wrote to EPA Administrator Michael Regan to take “concrete steps” to stabilize RFS compliance by setting the RVOs for 2021 and 2022 below the blend wall, Kelsey Tamborrino reports for Pros. Small refiners have recently contended that the economic downturn of the pandemic has caused compliance with the RFS to become far more burdensome, with soaring prices for compliance credits, called RINs.

But Emily Skor, CEO of biofuels trade group Growth Energy, said in a statement that if EPA were to lower blending levels, it would “mark a dramatic reversal of this administration’s repeated and unequivocal promises to support rural clean energy jobs and uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard. We urge the Biden Administration to set any proposed blending targets at 15 billion gallons for conventional ethanol and make it clear that this EPA will ensure continued growth in the low-carbon biofuels that are vital to the nation’s clean energy transition and rural recovery