In the first few months of the U.S. 113th Congress there have been a number of bills introduced into the House of Representatives and the Senate that, if enacted, might affect the development of ethanol or other renewable fuels. The ones of most potential concern are those, all introduced by Republicans, that are meant to repeal or curtail existing programs that currently benefit the renewable fuels industry. Although I’ve written about many of these bills in previous posts in this blog, I thought it would be useful to post a more complete summary, which I have done today in my Advanced Biotechnology for Biofuels blog.
In that entry, I’ve summarized 12 pending bills, all introduced by Republicans in either the House or the Senate, which would significantly affect or limit federal biofuel policies. Included are bills that would eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), or modify the RFS in several ways, e.g. to eliminate incentives for cornstarch-based ethanol or to change the way EPA calculates the annual volume mandate for cellulosic biofuels. There have also been several bills introduced that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from approving ethanol/gasoline blends containing greater than 15% ethanol while also revoking EPA’s prior decisions to approve E15 fuel for certain motor vehicles. Other bills would eliminate some of the favorable tax treatment now available for biofuels and other sources of renewable energy.
That post, which has links to the text and up-to-date status of all these bills, can be accessed here. Please look to future posts on this blog for updates on the status of these bills and other U.S. Congressional or state legislative actions that may affect the renewable fuels industry.
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