Whitfield Examines Implementation of Renewable Fuel Standard


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Wednesday held a hearing examining implementation issues with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.  The hearing brought together representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Energy Information Administration (EIA), as well as stakeholders in manufacturing, agriculture, and fuel production to discuss the current status and implementation outlook of the program.

The RFS specifies increasing amounts of renewable fuels to be added to the nation’s gasoline and diesel fuel supply each year through 2022.  The discussion paid particular attention to the long-term direction of the program, as after 2022, EPA has wider discretion to set the RFS targets.

“It’s been nearly a decade since the RFS was last revised by Congress…and a lot has changed in the interim,” said Chairman Whitfield.  “Energy markets have evolved in ways that were not predicted back then, and RFS implementation has taken many unexpected turns.”


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