EPA releases RFS final numbers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, this action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and for biomass-based diesel for 2018.“Renewable fuel volumes continue to increase across the board compared to 2016 levels,” said Janet McCabe, the agency’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. “These final standards will boost production, providing for ambitious yet achievable growth of biofuels in the transportation sector. By implementing the program enacted by Congress, we are expanding the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing our reliance on imported oil.”Some key elements of the EPA’s action:• Non-advanced or “conventional” renewable fuel increases in 2017, meeting the 15 billion-gallon congressional target for conventional fuels.• The standard for biomass-based biodiesel — which must achieve at least 50% lifecycle greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to petroleum-based diesel — grows by 100 million gallons. The required volume of biomass-based diesel for 2017 is twice that of the minimum congressional target.• Cellulosic biofuel — which must achieve at least 60% lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions — grows 35% over the 2016 standard.• The advanced biofuel standard — comprised of biomass-based diesel, cellulosic biofuel, and other biofuel that achieves at least 50% lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions — increases 19% over the 2016 standard.• Total renewable fuel volumes grow 1.2 billion gallons from 2016 to 2017, a 6% increase. Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements for 2014-2018 20142015201620172018Cellulosic biofuel (million gallons)33123230311n/aBiomass-based diesel (billion gallons)1.631.731.92.02.1Advanced biofuel (billion gallons)2.672.883.614.28n/aRenewable fuel (billion gallons)16.2816.9318.1119.28n/a “The EPA moved in the right direction by increasing the 2017 ethanol volume to statute. This is critical for farmers facing difficult economic times, as well as for consumers who care about clean air, affordable fuel choices, and lowering our dependence on foreign oil,” said Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “The Renewable Fuel Standard has been one of America’s great policy success stories. It has improved our energy independence, our air quality, and our rural economies. Although we believe the EPA did not have authority to reduce the ethanol numbers in the first place, we are pleased to see the RVO finally back on track.”The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) also welcomed the release of new standards to support American jobs and energy security..“The real winners with this announcement are American consumers who will now have access to even more cleaner burning, advanced biofuel,” said Donnell Rehagen, NBB CEO. “These benefits extend far beyond the biodiesel industry, supporting high paying jobs and clean air across the nation. Though we are poised to top these numbers this year, growth in advanced biofuels still sends positive signals to the marketplace.”last_img

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