Nearly 40 Senators last week penned a letter to the EPA urging the agency to revisit its proposed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligation rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard and release a final rule which reflects volumes "consistent with Congress' intent."
The Senators said the RFS already has been an "effective driver" of alternative fuels and economic development, noting job creation and strengthening of the ag sector.
"Setting strong biofuels volume requirements for 2014 and beyond will ensure this progress continues," the letter said. "A stable RFS will also provide the certainty needed to unlock future investments in renewable fuels and necessary infrastructure, reduce our nation's dependence on foreign sources of energy and drive innovation and progress toward cellulosic, biodiesel, recycled-waste, algal, and other advanced biofuels."
Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, said the letter sends a "clear message" to the EPA "that we must have a strong, a robust Renewable Fuel Standard to help move our nation forwards in terms of alternative energy development.
"Furthermore, these Senators have outlined the importance the RFS plays in creating jobs, strengthening rural America and reducing our dangerous addiction to foreign oil. They have outlined the critical role that the RFS plays in securing energy independence and that its continued success is essential to ensuring the certainty necessary for continued progress in alternative fuel development as well as the necessary infrastructure to be able to make these fuels commercially available.
"Not only is this a clear message to the EPA, but to Congress as well. This broad coalition has signaled their unwavering support for the RFS making it clear that any attempts at repeal or reform will be met with resolute resistance and ultimately fail," he said.
Though the 2014 volumes have already been proposed, they have not been finalized. EPA plans to finalize the 2014 and 2015 RFS RVOs by Nov. 30, 2015, it announced earlier this month.
The proposed 2015 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations will be released by June 1, 2015.
EPA said it will also release the proposed 2016 RFS RVOs by June 1 and the 2016 numbers will be finalized by Nov. 30.