EPA Releases '18 Ethanol Volumes at Maximum levels; Chicken Producers Cry Foul

EPA announces final 2018 RVO numbers under RFS

"ACE members are very pleased that the statutory 15-billion-gallon volume for conventional biofuel will be maintained in 2018 and that EPA is increasing the advanced biofuel volume to 4.29 billion gallons".

On Thursday, the EPA also released the 2019 RFS for biomass-based diesel, unchanged from the EPA's July proposal and also the same as the finalized amount for 2018 at 2.1 billion gallons.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB), which has also pushed for higher RVOs under the RFS, called the EPA's announcement a "missed opportunity".

"These volumes are important for setting a baseline - and our industry will again surpass these low expectations - but the failure to increase volumes will inhibit continued growth and investments", the association said.

The amount of conventional renewable fuels, mostly ethanol, held steady at 15 billion gallons.

The U.S. EPA only slightly increased renewable fuel volume requirements for 2018.

The final EPA rule sets the target for conventional renewable fuels - primarily ethanol - at 15B gallons - in 2018, but rejects pleas from biodiesel producers as it maintains a 2.1B gallon quota for biodiesel in 2019. We would like to see greater volumes going to advanced fuels.

"As far as the advanced biofuels, a little disappointed". "While the 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel EPA is calling for in 2018 is a small increase from the volume proposed earlier this year, it is disappointing the 2018 volume represents a decrease from the 2017 cellulosic biofuel level of 311 million gallons".

"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", the RFA chief said. "We continue to urge the administration to provide regulatory equity for E15 fuel blends so we can grow ethanol use beyond the 15-billion-gallon RFS cap".

Renewable fuels, oil refining interests find flaws.

"It's fair to say that we're very frustrated yet again by the lack of growth in these volumes by EPA; we can do more, and we've shown that year after year", said American Soybean Association President Ron Moore of IL.

"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".

The RFS program was created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

The RFS program is a national policy that requires a certain volume of renewable fuel to replace or reduce the quantity of petroleum-based transportation fuel, heating oil or jet fuel.

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