The future of U.S. biofuels policy was the topic of a panel at the 2016 National Ethanol Conference this week in New Orleans.
Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen moderated the panel, which included industry and government stakeholders, but no representative from the Environmental Protection Agency, even though they were invited to participate. “They had expressed some real enthusiasm for talking about this with us,” said Dinneen. “On December 8th, when we filed a lawsuit (against EPA over the RFS volume obligations), the enthusiasm waned a bit.”
Alicia Lindauer with the U.S. Department of Energy did join the panel, representing the government. “Quite frankly, the Department of Energy is doing far more in terms of the analysis and work on future fuel and technology,” Dinneen said.
Also on the panel was Fuels Institute Executive Director John Eichberger and Jan Koninckx, Global Business Director for Advanced Biofuels with DuPont Industrial Biosciences. Listen to their conversation here: NEC Biofuels Policy Panel