"But the EPA failed to raise the advanced biofuels level by an equal amount".
Today's announcement of the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard is either pleasing or a missed opportunity, depending on your point of view.
The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard program for 2018, and biomass-based diesel for 2019.
The Iowa congressional delegation isn't entirely happy with the EPA's 2018 final fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, but they say it'll have to do. Next year's blending requirement for corn ethanol, a starch-based biofuel, was set at 15 billion gallons. The agency noted that the final renewable fuel standards for 2018 and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2019 differ slightly from the limits it proposed earlier this year.
"The EPA's announced renewable volume obligations fall short of the full potential of the USA biofuels industry", said Sen.
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This has been a tumultuous year for the biofuels industry, and for Midwest Republicans who backed President Donald Trump.
American Soybean Association President Ron Moore said failing to increase the biodiesel RVO "continues to be a missed opportunity to capitalize on a valuable market for soybean oil", and that EPA should "take another look at biodiesel and the value USA soybean farmers bring to the domestic energy discussion".
Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen called the final figures "a marked improvement" and encouraged the EPA to keep an eye out for advancements in cellulosic biofuel production, "because we believe greater cellulosic production is likely". "The EPA's on-time announcement upholds the statutory targets for conventional biofuels, which will provide much-needed certainty for hard-pressed rural communities". "The biofuels industry will rise or fall together, and thus we are disappointed the final rule is not more aggressive with regard to other advanced biofuels such as biodiesel". Ernst tells KMA News she was particularly disappointed in the biodiesel levels.
American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings says the advanced biofuel volume of 4.29 billion gallons "represents a modest step in the right direction for the RFS" to "reassure retailers that it makes sense to offer E15 and flex fuels".
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) added it was encouraging that the EPA "absorbed the tens of thousands of comments" on the issue. "Moving forward, I will continue pressing the EPA to further bolster the biodiesel and cellulosic requirements".