Urge Congress to Uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard
One of the most successful energy policies ever enacted in the United States, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has laid the foundation for the domestic biofuels industry. The RFS has helped generate jobs, revive rural economies, reduce oil imports, lower gasoline prices, reduce air pollution, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues RFS rulemakings to determine the volume obligations for the RFS. For the first time in the history of the RFS, the EPA lowered the statue's volume obligations for corn ethanol—after corn growers answered the call to grow more than enough corn to meet all needs.
EPA Backs Off Proposed 2014 Ethanol Cut
On Nov. 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backed off a proposed 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014, the federal law that helps get domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol blended in the nation’s fuel supply. Click here for our response.
Click on the links below to learn more about this issue.
NCGA Response to EPA Announcement (Nov. 15, 2013)
Nov. 15 responses from ethanol organizations:
Earlier: NCGA Letter to the White House (Nov. 6, 2013)
Fact-Checking the Associated Press
A collection of responses to the Nov. 12, 2013, AP story on corn, ethanol and land use.
2013 RFS White Papers
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce issued a series of white papers as the first step in reviewing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the National Corn Growers Association submitted responses. The white papers and our responses are listed below.
1: Blend Wall and Fuel Compatibility Issues
NCGA's Response (April 5, 2013)
2: Agricultural Sector Impacts
NCGA's Response (April 29, 2013)
3: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental Impacts
NCGA's Response (May 23, 2013)
4: Energy Policy
NCGA's Response (June 21, 2013)
5. Implementation of RFS
NCGA's Response (July 26, 2013)
2012 RFS Waiver Request
On Nov. 16, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected requests to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard in light of the 2012 drought. Here are some information resources:
From the National Corn Growers Association
NCGA Statement on the EPA Decision (11-16-12)
NCGA's RFS Comments as Submited to the EPA (PDF; 10-11-12)
NCGA Statement on the Call for a Waiver (8-15-12)
From the Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Notice of Decision (PDF)
Other RFS Information
The Facts about Ethanol and the RFS. Debunks myths being spread by RFS opponents in Congress.
RFS Infographic. A visual presentation from the American Coalition for Ethanol of how the RFS has fueled growth in domestic biofuels.