DuPonter says don’t meddle with fuel standard

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There is no reason for Congress to adjust, amend or mess with the renewable fuel standard (RFS), according to Jan Koninckx, global business director of biofuels at DuPont.

Koninckx recently explained DuPont’s position on the video program, “OnPoint,” the E&E news network. “The renewable fuel standard works really well and has been extremely effective since its inception in 2007. It’s been very successful, and it has met or exceeded all its objectives. Cellulosic ethanol is coming to reality a little later than the original vision of the renewable fuel standard, but this was foreseen. This was foreseen in the law as a possibility, so there’s a good regulatory framework around it with which the EPA can administer this issue. So, there is no need for any change. The RFS is successful.”

The public shouldn’t be upset about the way that the RFS works or was written to allow adjustments, according to Koninckx.

He said, “I think that all of the proposals that are made to alter the RFS essentially have the same objective as eliminating it or repealing it.”

Allowing the RFS to be voted on for any change to any part of it would probably open the proverbial can of worms to paraphrase the DuPont official’s long-winded contention.

Koninckx said, “At DuPont, we’ve invested large amounts of money and our best resources and so have other companies….The RFS has been very successful bringing the U.S. to the global leadership in renewable fuels, and in biotechnology, and has brought a lot of investment to the U.S.”

Koninckx has had responsibility for the cellulosic ethanol development and commercialization at DuPont for five years, and he thinks progressing cellulosic ethanol production from the laboratory to construction of commercial-size cellulosic fuel plants has gone quite well. DuPont is constructing a cellulosic ethanol plant near Ames, Iowa, that will be using corn stover as its feedstock.

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