EPA Reduces 2014 Mandate for the First Time

November 15, 2013

On Friday, November 15, the EPA announced a reduction in the Renewable Fuel Standard, the first time this has happened since the policy began eight years ago. The proposed Renewable Fuel Standard will require refiners to blend about 15.21 billion gallons of biofuels into gasoline next year.

This year’s adjustments will prevent the oil industry from hitting the “blend wall,” the point at which refiners would be required to blend in more renewable fuel with gasoline than is possible given current fuel demand.

Next year, the mandate will not only be lower than the original 2014 level, but also the 2013 level. The agency is taking comment on a range of 15 to 15.52 billion gallons in its proposal, based upon fluctuation within the advanced and cellulosic biofuels numbers.

We applaud EPA’s recognition of this policy’s problems and its decision to lower the mandate for 2014. However, this policy needs a long-term solution, not a short-term fix. America’s consumers, ranchers and small business owners need a permanent solution for the RFS from Congress, not annual changes to a misguided policy.

Tell the President we need more than a band-aid. 

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