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EPA proposes renewable volume obligations for 2020

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US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler has issued a proposed rule under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) programme that would set the minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in calendar year 2020, as well as the biomass-based diesel volume standard for calendar year 2021.

This puts the EPA on target to publish the final RFS Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) on time for the third consecutive year.

Under the action, ‘conventional’ renewable fuel volumes, primarily met by corn ethanol, would be maintained at the implied 15 billion gal. target set by Congress. The EPA is also proposing an advanced biofuel volume requirement for 2020 of 5.04 billion gal., which is 0.12 billion gal. higher than the advanced biofuel volume requirement for 2019. The cellulosic biofuel volume requirement of 0.54 billion ethanol-equivalent gal. for 2020 is based on the EPA’s production projection, which is 0.12 billion ethanol-equivalent gal. higher than the cellulosic biofuel volume finalised for 2019. The EPA is also proposing to maintain the biomass-based diesel (BBD) volume for 2021 at 2.43 billion gal.

The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to set annual RFS volumes of biofuels that must be used for transportation fuel for four categories of biofuels: total, advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel. The EPA is using the tools provided by Congress to adjust the standards below the statutory targets based on current market realities. The EPA implements the RFS programme in consultation with the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Energy.

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