Farmers, Biofuel Industry Calls on Congress to Leave RFS Alone
by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) On June 17, Fuels America hosted a press call during which American farmers and representatives of the biofuel industry discussed how legislative changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) would threaten America’s security, consumers, climate and rural economies.
Fred Yoder, an Ohio corn grower and farmer advocate, opened the Fuels America call by noting that the RFS, as it was originally conceived and passed by congress, is working well. … “What rural economics need and American consumers need is for the EPA to implement the law as intended and rework their proposed rules that cater to the oil industry’s profits before they become final,” he said.
Cal Dalton, a Wisconsin corn grower and farmer advocate, also weighed in on the RFS proposal during the call. Dalton is one of the original founders of the United Wisconsin Grain Producers ethanol plant, a community-owned facility with more than 800 community shareholders.
He said the plant was established in 2005 to help ensure a good market for locally grown corn and create good jobs that help retain young people in rural communities. When the plant originally began operations, Wisconsin had only four E85 stations, Dalton said. That number has now grown to more than 170.
“If EPA allows the program to work, the market will break the blend wall,” Dinneen (Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association) continued. “If EPA allows the program to work, RINs will drive investment in new technologies, and infrastructure to allow higher-level blends to be sold. If EPA allows the program to work, we will maximize carbon reduction, we will maximize biofuel use and we will maximize consumer savings.”
Dinneen noted that the EPA’s own analysis has shown that rising renewable identification number (RIN) prices do not impact consumer gasoline prices, but do incentivize infrastructure investments that enable E85, E15 and other higher biofuel blenders to be sold in the marketplace. READ MORE and MORE (DomesticFuel.com)