Subcommittee on Energy and Power Announces Two-Day RFS Stakeholders Hearing for Next Week

July 15, 2013

Continuing the Energy and Commerce Committee’s ongoing oversight of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) today announced that the subcommittee has scheduled a two-day hearing next week entitled “Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Stakeholder Perspectives.” The subcommittee will convene at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building for the first two panels and will reconvene on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. for the third panel.

Next week’s hearing follows a June 26 subcommittee hearing that reviewed government implementation of the RFS and also comes on the heels of the committee’s release of a series of bipartisan white papers examining a range of emerging concerns with the current statute. Each of the five papers solicited input from interested parties and the committee has received an outpouring of responses. The two-day hearing will feature testimony from three panels of stakeholder witnesses including fuel users, developers, and representatives from the agricultural and environmental communities.

“The renewable fuel standard is a broad and complex statute that affects several different sectors of our economy. I’ve met with stakeholders on all sides of the issue, and I believe now is the time to take an in-depth look at the RFS and compare our original expectations for the program with the actual experience,” said Chairman Whitfield. “I look forward to hearing from additional stakeholders next week who will describe the opportunities and challenges created by this law.”

Additional hearing details, as well as the Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.