EPA Considers More RFS Cuts
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:02PM CST
EPA Considers More RFS Cuts 01/12 13:01
Biden Administration Weighs Potential 2022 RFS Cuts to Corn Ethanol
The Biden administration reportedly is considering additional corn-ethanol
cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2022, one month after releasing a
proposal that would keep corn-ethanol production at 15 billion gallons.
DTN Staff Reporter
LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) -- One month after EPA announced a Renewable Fuel
Standard proposal that calls for 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol in 2022, a
new media report suggests the administration may be poised to draw back on that
Early in December, EPA announced proposed corn-ethanol cuts to the RFS for
2020 and 2021, while calling for the full 15 billion gallons in 2022.
That EPA proposal called for retroactive cuts to the corn-ethanol portion of
RFS volumes below 15 billion gallons at 12.5 billion for 2020 and sets the
level at 13.32 billion for 2021.
According to a Reuters report on Wednesday, the Biden administration
reportedly is considering cutting corn ethanol's portion of the 2022 volumes to
below 15 billion gallons.
Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said during a
House Agriculture Committee hearing on electric vehicles in rural America that
if the report is true, it would mean the administration is going the wrong
direction on the RFS.
"We have plenty of experience with rumors being reported in the news,
sometimes not quite accurately," Cooper said, "but we would be greatly
concerned if EPA is backtracking on its very recent proposal to make sure that
we return to that 15-billion-gallon statutory requirement for conventional
fuels renewable fuels in 2022.
"We're going to try and get to the bottom of those rumors and will be
absolutely insisting that EPA and this administration follow through on their
commitment to restore that 15-billion-gallon commitment for 2022 and beyond."
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said in a statement to DTN she believes the
administration will stick to its recent proposal.
"Rumors like these --- if true --- would only run counter to making
meaningful progress on lowering carbon emissions and investing in important
clean energy jobs across rural America," she said.
"The administration has indicated blending requirements will remain strong
and at 15 billion gallons for 2022, and we have every expectation that they
will deliver on that promise."
If the report is true, it would coincide with what petroleum industry
representatives were asking from the EPA in a Jan. 4 public hearing on the
agency's latest proposals.
In addition, agriculture and biofuels industry representatives called for
the agency to pull the proposal to retroactively cut RFS volumes for 2020.
Read more on DTN:
"Biofuels to EPA: Pull '20 RFS Proposal,"
"EPA Proposes Corn-Ethanol Cuts to RFS,"
Todd Neeley can be reached at email@example.com
Follow him on Twitter @DTNeeley
(c) Copyright 2022 DTN, LLC. All rights reserved.