Two days of hearings featuring 16 witnesses representing a wide variety of stakeholders impacted by the Renewable Fuel Standard are being held this week by the Energy and Power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Testimony will be presented by representatives of oil, automotive, ethanol, biodiesel, advanced biofuels, corn farmers, poultry, environmental and restaurant organizations, among others. “I give the House Energy Committee credit for creating a process that is designed to come to a clearer understanding of the impact of the RFS,” said Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen, who is on the first witness panel starting Tuesday morning. In written testimony submitted prior to the hearing, Dinneen stated, “By virtually any measure, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been an unmitigated success.”
Scheduled on the second panel is Tom Buis, president and CEO of Growth Energy. “We certainly look forward to that opportunity to be able to tell the facts,” said Buis, adding that Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) both indicated they want “to get the facts out on the table” and “if Congress is doing its job they will take this seriously.”
The first part of the hearing begins at 9:45 am on Tuesday and will continue at 1:30 pm on Wednesday.