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60 Days Until RFS Reset: Things to Watch

In 2005 Congress passed the Energy Policy Act (EPA) which created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) statutory schedule. The 2005 EPA was amended it in 2007 with the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) which expanded those categories. The bottom line is that renewable fuels were scheduled to increase from 4 billion gallons in 2006 to 36 billion gallons this year. While conventional ethanol and biomass based diesel have fulfilled those volumes, the category of advanced biofuels has not, resulting in the statutory volumes being missed since 2014.  Under the statute, EPA had the authority to “reset” the RFS. That authority allows the EPA Administrator to adjust the applicable volumes of the RFS for future years start...

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On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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