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The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Energy Project is convening an advisory group, commissioning background papers, publishing viable policy options based on advisory group’s inputs, and hosting public events on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Overview and Goal

  • BPC is convening an advisory group of biofuels stakeholders who believe that reforming, but not repealing, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is an important and achievable near-term policy goal.
  • BPC and the advisory group will consider both legislative and regulatory reform options for the RFS.
  • The advisory group’s deliberations inform BPC’s development of policy options for reforming the RFS, but the stakeholders are not expected to endorse any of the options.
  • Background papers and stakeholder discussions, containing objective, fact-based commentary on RFS issues, assist in developing materials to educate and inform the wider debate.

Advisory Group

  • The advisory group provides input through a series of meetings and conference calls.
  • The project is conducted under a modified set of Chatham House rules. Participants are identified, but any comments or views shared in the group will not be publicly characterized, quoted, or attributed to them.

Project Outputs

  • Background Papers: BPC commissioned experts in the field to author background papers on issues surrounding the RFS. BPC is partnering with to host an online discussion related to these background papers in late February. You can register as a contributor to’s discussions here.
  1. Technical Barriers to the Consumption of Higher Blends of Ethanol
    by The International Council on Clean Transportation
  2. Petroleum and Renewable Fuels Supply Chain
    by Stillwater Associates LLC
  3. Inventory of Federal Regulations Affecting Biofuels other than the Renewable Fuel Standard
    by Van Ness Feldman
  4. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Authority to Amend the Renewable Fuel Standard
    by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  5. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Authority to Amend the Renewable Fuel Standard
    by Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • Policy Options: BPC will publish viable policy options derived from the advisory group’s discussions. These will be available for public comment on BPC’s website.
  • Public Events: BPC will convene public events with panels of stakeholders to present their views on different policy options and ongoing legislative and regulatory activities.

Press Releases

Join the Online Discussion at on Two New Papers Related to the Renewable Fuel Standard Commissioned by the Bipartisan Policy Center
March 18, 2014

Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Three Commissioned Papers Related to the Renewable Fuel Standard
February 4, 2014

Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard: BPC Staff to Develop Policy Options Based on Advisory Group’s Input
November 21, 2013

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