EPA’s proposed cut in the mandated volumes of renewable fuels like ethanol in the Renewable Fuels Standard are illegal and costly. Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Research Geoff Cooper says EPA’s proposal would cut the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations by 16-percent. If successful their analysis shows the petroleum industry would gain billions of dollars due to the reduction in ethanol blending, increased gas consumption and avoidance of investment in ethanol infrastructure.
And Cooper says EPA’s basis for the cut in the RFS is illegal because it’s based on the false idea that the infrastructure and vehicles needed to meet the 2014 mandate don’t exist.
He says the cellulosic ethanol requirements would also be lowered under the proposal which would kill future investment in advanced biofuels infrastructure.