Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann
INDIANAPOLIS — Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency take action on setting renewable energy volume requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In a letter to the EPA Administrator, Ellspermann noted the uncertainty in the volumes requirements significantly impacts Hoosier farmers and biofuels industries in Indiana. Gov. Mike Pence sent out a similar letter on Jan. 21, 2014.
“The proposed reductions in the renewable volume requirements and the delays by the EPA in setting them have created uncertainty for the Hoosiers involved in this industry, particularly with the 2014 and 2015 requirements that remain incomplete,” Ellspermann said in her letter. “Industry decisions on growth, investment, and employment are being dampened given this uncertainty. This must change for our nation to realize the objectives put in place by Congress when the renewable volume requirements were established.”
Congress originally authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to establish renewable energy production requirements in 2005. The policy is meant to enhance the nation’s energy supply with biofuels added to traditional petroleum fuels.
She also expressed concern about transparency and openness in the volume setting process and asked that the EPA provide ample opportunity for substantive contribution from stakeholders.
“Stakeholders must have an opportunity for substantive contribution to the process, particularly those stakeholders who bear the responsibility of meeting the requirements,” Ellspermann said.
Ellspermann’s letter follows a previous letter on the same topic sent by Gov. Mike Pence on January 21, 2014.
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