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Testimony Before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment

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My testimony focuses on the purpose and operation of Renewable Identification Numbers, better known as RINs, as the compliance mechanism for meeting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates. In particular, my remarks emphasize RINs' accounting and economic role under the RFS, as well as summarize the empirical evidence on RIN price determinants and their impact on downstream fuel prices. I also address the potential effects of certain proposed changes to the RFS on RIN prices, and their implications for future biofuel use in the United States.

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  • Gabriel E. Lade, 2018. "Testimony Before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 18-pb24, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
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    5. Gabriel E. Lade & Sebastien Pouliot & Bruce A. Babcock, 2018. "E15 and E85 Demand Under RIN Price Caps and an RVP Waiver," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 18-pb21, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
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    9. Bruce A. Babcock & Gabriel E. Lade & Sebastien Pouliot, 2016. "Impact on Merchant Refiners and Blenders from Changing the RFS Point of Obligation," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 16-pb20, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
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