Lawmakers Urging Administration to Increase Biofuels Usage


A group of Midwest lawmakers Tuesday urged the Biden administration to increase biofuels usage and reject any reduction in blending requirements. After recent reports that the administration may be considering lowering the Renewable Volume Obligations, the group raised serious concerns about the harm a reduction in biofuels usage could cause to the administration’s clean energy goals and economic stability of the renewable fuels marketplace.

The letter states, “We have strong reservations about the potential for the Administration to destroy over five billion gallons of biofuel volume from the 2020, 2021, and 2022 RVOs.” The effort is led by Democrats, including Representatives Cindy Axne of Iowa and Angie Craig of Minnesota, along with Senator Cheri Bustos of Illinois and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. The letter followed similar comments from Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor states, “it is imperative to consider the vital role that environmentally sustainable fuel options such as ethanol will play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”