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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

EPA Releases RVO Standards for 2014-2016

May 29, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Friday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for the years, 2014, 2015, and 2016. EPA is proposing to establish 2014 standards at levels that reflect actual consumption of domestic renewable fuel in that year, and standards for 2015 and 2016 that increase steadily over time. Congressman Gene Green released the following statement:

“Today, the EPA proposed the RVO for 2014 and 2015— many months after the standard should have been set.  While the 2014 standard is reflective of actual fuel production, this does not provide the refining industry any solace, and doesn’t do any good after the fact.  The RVOs are set to increase over time. The realities of the marketplace are that fuel efficiency is up and demand is flat, if not declining. It surely doesn’t make sense to increase the requirements. The standards are not reflective of our market’s needs. Congress needs to work on the issue, and pass legislation that respects the spirit of the law by encouraging advanced fuels, but eliminates the EPA’s juggling act and the economic uncertainty surrounding the RFS.”