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House Reps Call for RFS "Hardship" Waiver Investigation (Ind Report)
Biofuel,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-08-28
In the nation's capitol, a dozen members of Congress, spurred on by Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) have writtn to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro urging the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine the review and approval of small refinery "hardship" waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) , including the DOE's viability scores for the 40 waivers reviewed to date by the DOE for the 2018 compliance year.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.

Download the letter HERE. (Source: Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer, (202) 225-2911,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  

U.S. to Miss Advanced Biofuel Targets, says GAO (Ind. Report)
Government Accountability Office
Date: 2016-12-14
In Washington DC, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that despite government subsidies and mandates, advanced biofuels from dedicated energy crop such as switchgrass, algae and others, will fall short of their plan to blend up to 36 billion gallons of ethanol and advanced biofuels into the nation's gasoline supply by 2022. The GAO adds that production of corn-ethanol has nearly reached the maximum 20 pct greenhouse gas reduction mandated under the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

. According to the GAO, "In fiscal years 2013 through 2015,the federal government obligated more than $1.1 billion for advanced biofuels R&D. Even with federal backing, it does not appear possible to meet statutory target volumes for advanced biofuels in the RFS under current market and regulatory conditions." The GAO partially blames "high production costs" for the shortfall. (Source: GAO, aminewswire, 13 Dec., 2016)Contact: GOA, (202) 512-3000,,

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