Washington, D.C. – Persistent challenges in courts and in the implementation of the enacting laws have kept the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at the forefront of energy policy discussions. There are strong advocates in support of holding firm on the existing requirements. At the same time, calls for outright repeal have grown louder. But there also exists a vast middle ground – to reform, not repeal, the RFS. In order to support constructive dialogue in this ongoing debate, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Energy Project is convening an advisory group of disparate stakeholders, who agree that legislative and/or regulatory reforms are needed to put the RFS on a stable footing.
BPC is commissioning experts in the field to author objective, fact-based background papers on the issues surrounding the RFS to inform the wider debate. Over the next year, BPC project staff will publish viable policy options based on the private deliberations of the advisory group of stakeholders. Additionally, BPC plans to convene public events where a balanced mix of stakeholders can present views on different policy options.
“While the RFS has always been controversial, dissonant positions are now crowding out real debate and undermining policy progress. This project will convene experts with starkly opposing opinions and pragmatic expectations,” said Jason Grumet, BPC’s president.
“Biofuels policy often is discussed in black and white, when in reality, there are so many complex issues,” said Margot Anderson, executive director of BPC’s Energy Project. “BPC’s process will allow us to get beyond talking points, analyze the deeper issues and propose reasoned policy options.”
KEYWORDS: RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD