EPA reconsiders 2014 RFS reduction
Posted on 11/21/2014
ACE's Executive Vice President Brian Jennings credits ethanol supporters for helping the EPA reconsider the 2014 RVO obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), today issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced they were not finalizing the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this year.
Instead, the Agency said it will set the final 2014 volume standard in 2015, and try to get back on schedule in proposing the 2015 and 2016 blending volumes.
“Big Oil came close to bullying the Administration to completely rewrite the RFS this year so oil companies could escape their legal responsibility to blend more ethanol in gasoline. But thanks to thousands of comments from ACE members and other biofuel supporters, EPA wisely chose to reconsider their ill-advised proposal which would have legitimized the so-called 'blend wall'. While we will reserve full judgment until they finalize the 2014 targets next year, it certainly appears the Administration recognizes their proposed RFS changes were inconsistent with legislative history and the Clean Air Act. We will continue to work with the Administration to ensure they use their authority to hold oil companies legally responsible for making cleaner and less expensive renewable fuel choices, such as E15 and E85, available to consumers.”