Examining the Renewable Fuel Standard

Hearing Date: March 16, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn House Office Building


  • To examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.


  • The RFS dictates that a specific amount of renewable fuel must be mixed into transportation fuel sold in the United States. Ethanol is the most common ingredient blended in order to comply with RFS.
  • Due to delays in issuing annual blending mandates, EPA must issue retroactive mandates.
  • On November 30, 2015, EPA released the final renewal fuel volume obligations for the years 2014, 2015, 2016 simultaneously.
    • For 2014, the total volume of renewable fuel blended into the national supply was 16.28 billion gallons.
    • The final mandate for 2015 was 16.93 billion gallons, and 18.11 billion gallons for 2016.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Christopher Grundler Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Document
John M. DeCicco, Ph.D. Research Professor University of Michigan Energy Institute Document
Kelly Stone Policy Analyst ActionAid USA Document
Wallace E. Tyner, Ph.D. James and Lois Ackerman Professor Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University Document
Nicolas D. Loris Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow The Heritage Foundation Document