Republicans request RFS rethink

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

A group of seven Pennsylvania House Republicans are pushing for reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard, fretting that the current market for Renewable Identification Numbers is becoming too financially burdensome for many small refiners in the state. The lawmakers wrote to President Joe Biden with their concerns Monday after Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation made a similar plea in their own letter.

“The entire system as it stands is unsustainable,” the lawmakers write. The Republicans urged Biden to direct EPA to issue safeguards to stabilize prices on the RINs market.

Meanwhile, biofuel interest group Growth Energy led its own letter to Biden urging against shortchanging renewable fuels in EPA blending obligations, specifically asking that “conventional biofuel blending targets meet the 15-billion-gallon minimum required by law, restore 500 million gallons of improperly waived fuel blending requirements, and drive ambitious targets for growth in advanced and cellulosic biofuels.”