Renewable Energy Group Statement on Final EPA Renewable Fuel Volumes

by Abel Hampton December 2, 2017, 0:37
Renewable Energy Group Statement on Final EPA Renewable Fuel Volumes

"The EPA's on-time announcement upholds the statutory targets for conventional biofuels, which will provide much-needed certainty for hard-pressed rural communities", said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor".

Proposed RFS volume requirements, July 2017.

The amount of advanced biofuels will be 4.29 billion gallons, with biomass-based diesel the same as set in July at 2.1 billion gallons and cellulosic biofuel at 288 million gallons - 50 million gallons higher than the July proposal.

At issue this week was the Renewable Fuel Standard, a program that requires refiners to blend an increasing amount of renewable fuels like corn-based ethanol into traditional fuels like gasoline. Levels for advanced biofuels and cellulosic ethanol were also lower than expected.

"While I hoped for higher levels, they aren't unexpected and are unfortunately in line with EPA's original proposal". While we would have liked to see a larger increase, we consider this a crucial win - signaling a policy of continued RVO growth under the Trump administration.It would have been even better if EPA continued that policy of growth with the 2019 Biomass-Based Diesel RVO as we advocated.

EPAProposed RFS volume requirements July 2017
EPAProposed RFS volume requirements July 2017

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) said it was disappointed in the EPA's levels and its failure to respond to repeated calls for growth. "These flat volumes will harm Americans across several job-creating sectors - be they farmers, grease collectors, crushers, biodiesel producers or truckers - as well as consumers ..." We will continue to work with EPA in 2018 to develop workable plans for additional growth in 2019.We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our legislative champions, agriculture partners and others in the biodiesel supply chain. Chet Thompson, President and CEO of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, said EPA did "exactly what Senator Grassley demanded, bowing the knee to King Corn".

"The RFS remains America's single most successful energy policy and continually works to save consumers money, protect the environment, drive rural growth, and secure US energy independence". By not raising the RFS levels, the EPA is discouraging investment and discouraging growth.

AgDay national reporter Betsy Jibben talks with Robert White, vice president of industry relations with for the Renewable Fuels Association, about the cellulosic number.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the volumes "fall short" of the industry's potential and aren't in keeping with Congress' intent to grow advanced fuels through the RFS.

"Administrator Pruitt, therefore, faces the daunting task of implementing a broken program that was based on incorrect assumptions made over a decade ago", Macchiarola said in a statement.

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