MSEA video opposes efforts to move RFS point of obligation

By Erin Voegele | May 25, 2017

The Main Street Energy Alliance recently released a video outlining some of the negative impacts associated with shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard, claiming the change could disadvantage small business owners and decrease consumption of renewable fuels.

The 3.5 minute video explains that there are approximately 200 points of obligation under current RFS regulations. Shifting the point of obligation would expand this number to several thousands, increasing compliance costs, creating market complications and resulting in higher prices at the pump.

“It’s important for Americans to understand that shifting the point of obligation in the Renewable Fuel Standard will disadvantage small business owners and decrease the overall consumption of renewable fuels in the country,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for MSEA. “The issue is quite complex, but this new video effectively walks viewers through the facts and should serve as an educational tool for those who wish to inform themselves about the issue.”

Last year, Valero Energy Corp. and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers petitioned the U.S. EPA, asking the agency to redefine the point of obligation under the RFS. Several groups, including the National Association of Truck Stop Operators and the American Petroleum Institute have spoken out to oppose these efforts. 

On Nov. 10, the EPA proposed to deny the petitions requesting the agency move the RFS point of obligation. A public comment period on the matter closed Feb. 22.

The MSEA is focused on preserving the RFS’s current point of obligation requirements. Members of the group include the Advanced Biofuels Association, Murphy USA, Quick Trip, Sheetz, Casey’s General Store, Kum & Go, NACS and a variety of other organizations.

A full copy of the video can be found on the MSEA website