US EPA proposes 3% increase in renewable fuel quotas

Ethanol plant in the US. Featured Image: Jim Parkin/Shutterstock.com

June 27 (Renewables Now) - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2019 that represent a 3% increase over the 2018 requirement with respect to total renewable fuel volumes.

The proposal keeps the requirement for conventional biofuels like corn ethanol at 15 billion gallons (57 billion litres), while raising the advanced biofuel quota to 4.88 billion gallons from 4.29 billion gallons for 2018. 

EPA proposed volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel for 2019, and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2020. The 2019 biomass-based diesel standard was set at 2.1 billion gallons in 2018.

Volume requirements in billion gallons 2018 2019 2020
Cellulosic biofuel  0.288 0.381 -
Biomass-based diesel  2.1 - 2.43
Advanced biofuel 4.29 4.88 -
Renewable fuel  19.29 19.88 -
Implied conventional biofuel 15 15 -

In spite of the increase, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was unhappy with the proposal.

"While we acknowledge that the implied 15-billion-gallon requirement for conventional biofuels like corn ethanol should, in theory, send a positive signal to the market, it comes with the backdrop of 1.6 billion gallons of demand destructed by illegal waivers to small refineries and no commitment that EPA is changing its approach to granting these exemptions," said RFA president and chief executive Bob Dinneen.

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