Biofuel groups urge EPA to set stronger cellulosic RFS targets

By Erin Voegele | August 23, 2017

The American Biogas Council, Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas are urging the U.S. EPA to stand by the president’s commitment to drive investment in the next generation of homegrown fuels under the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Leaders of the four groups issued a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Aug. 22, asking him to reverse course on an RFS proposal that would undercut “the next American manufacturing wave” by “looking backwards” in setting 2018 goals and issuing waiver credits that suppress demand for cellulosic fuels.

The letter notes that the RFS drove a manufacturing boom across America’s heartland over the past decade, during one of the most challenging global recessions in history. In the letter, the biofuel groups stress that advanced and cellulosic biofuels are poised to drive the next manufacturing wave, but the ability to achieve success will depend largely on careful administration of the RFS.

The letter calls on the EPA to continue to administer the RFS in a forward-looking manner and states alternative compliance mechanisms should not be administered in a way that undercuts interest among obligated parties to secure actual D3-eligible biofuels.

“The RFS is a proven tool for promoting growth,” said the groups in the letter. “And notwithstanding volatile global oil prices and RFS policy uncertainty, the United States remains poised to lead the world in the development and commercial deployment of the most innovative fuels in the world. These cutting-edge projects are being developed in many of the same rural areas that produce clean, American-made biofuels today.”

A full copy of the letter can be downloaded from the ABC website.