Growth Energy has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to uphold the president’s commitment to farmers and biofuel workers by fixing its proposed supplemental rule on 2020 biofuel targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
In formal comments to the agency, Growth Energy calls on regulators to fully account for biofuel demand lost to oil industry exemptions in the final biofuel targets for 2020.
“Unfortunately, the current proposal fails to provide the certainty and stability that America’s farmers and biofuel producers need to rebuild after years of demand destruction,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “It offers a solution based on outdated and inaccurate estimates, potentially keeping billions of gallons of biofuels off the market. The president has committed to upholding the integrity of the RFS, and communities across the heartland are counting on EPA to keep that promise by accurately accounting for lost gallons.”
In its comments to EPA, Growth Energy calls on regulators to account for a rolling average of actual exempted volumes from the three most recently completed compliance years, and provides detailed instructions on how EPA should execute these directives:
- EPA’s projections should rely on the agency’s actual history of adjudicating small refinery exemptions (SREs) applications to be more accurate over time.
- EPA should use the most recent data available when setting volume requirements, which for 2020 would be data from 2016, 2017, and 2018.
- EPA should begin issuing partial SRE relief where appropriate—a practice that will better enable EPA to implement the SRE provision of the statute without undermining the RFS program’s overarching renewable energy mandate.
- EPA should disclose additional data and analyses regarding SRE decisions to provide needed public insight into EPA’s decision-making process.
Read Growth Energy’s full comments here.