Hearings will be held this summer to examine the Renewable Fuel Standard, a law mandating blending of renewable fuels into petroleum-based fuels.
The hearings will be held by the Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Congressman Fred Upton, R-Mich. No date has been set for the hearings.
The RFS, part of the Clean Air Act, was first introduced in 2005 and amended in 2007. It mandates volumes of renewable fuel be blended into petroleum-based fuels which ratchets up each year through 2022. The total volume mandate for 2013 is 16.55 billion gallons of which 13.8 billion gallons is to come from starch-based ethanol, primarily made from corn. That amount would increases to 15 billion gallons by 2015.
The committee is issuing a series of white papers on the RFS and is currently soliciting input from interested stakeholders.