Renewable Fuel Standard
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), part of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, has been a great success for both farmers and consumers. In 2012, over 13 billion gallons of ethanol was produced in America, bringing much needed jobs across the country and adding money to local communities. The RFS helps promote fuel choice while supporting American jobs and the rural economy. In 2013 the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce began reviewing the (RFS) and many challenges to this vital piece of legislation were brought up all throughout the House and Senate. Also, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed changing the RFS to reduce the amount of ethanol that is required in our nation's fuel supply. In response to these attacks the MCGA began a communications campaign aimed at pushing back against these challenges and hopefully, preventing efforts to weaken or repeal the RFS. Highlights of the campaign are below. Michigan Corn also commissioned a study by Michigan State University that shows the benefits Michigan consumers receive because of the RFS.
Impact of the RFS Study