Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) introduced legislation—the Domestic Alternative Fuels Act, H.R. 1959—that would allow ethanol produced from domestic natural gas to be included under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and compete with corn-based ethanol.
Original co-sponsors include: Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX); Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX); Rep. Eric “Rick” Crawford (R-AR); Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX); Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK); Rep. Gene Green (D-TX); Rep. Blake Fahrenthold (R-TX); Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR); Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX); Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX); Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR); Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX); Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT); Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX); and Rep. Thomas Marino (R-PA).
H.R. 1959 would establish Domestic Alternative Fuel as an independent fuel category and list it within the regulations that specify volume obligations to meet the RFS.
Groups in support of the Domestic Alternative Fuels Act include: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, America’s Natural Gas Alliance.