Tepid reaction to EPA biofuel numbers

  • Tepid reaction to EPA biofuel numbers

Tepid reaction to EPA biofuel numbers

On Thursday, the EPA made a decision to require refiners to blend 19.29 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2018, up from 19.28 billion gallons this year.

"Not only has EPA hit the mark with the 15 billion-gallon implied target, but EPA has also improved on the proposed rule by correctly growing the total 2018 volume from the 2017 level as intended in the RFS", said North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in a media statement.

Ethanol was maintained at its 15 billion gallon cap.

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor - "The EPA's on-time announcement upholds the statutory targets for conventional biofuels, which will provide much-needed certainty for hard-pressed rural communities. We would like to have seen a boost to the target blending levels for cellulosic biofuels, and we will continue to work with the administration to advance the RFS goal of further stimulating growth and showing USA leadership in 21st century fuels".

The amount of renewable fuels required to be blended into the nation's gasoline supply next year will be roughly the same as this year, according to a final rule to be published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"As far as the advanced biofuels, a little disappointed".

"These flat volumes will harm Americans across several job-creating sectors - be they farmers, grease collectors, crushers, biodiesel producers or truckers - as well as consumers", said Doug Whitehead, chief operating officer for the NBB. "I disagree. Based on the 2018 biodiesel level finalized a year ago, biodiesel producers had every right to expect a 100-million-gallon increase for 2018".

Iowa congressional delates say the EPA's final rule on Renewable Fuel Standard volumes don't take advantage of the industry's potential for biofuel production.

.

Grassley, Ernst, King, Young, and Loebsack all ended their statements with an emphasis on their continued commitment to advocating for and defending the Renewable Fuel Standard and the USA biofuel industry.

The head of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), meanwhile, called Thursday's announcement a win for the ethanol industry - and specifically for one of its key proponents in Congress. He also contemplated counting exports of ethanol toward meeting the RFS mandate.

The Renewable Fuel Association, a biofuels industry group, said it was pleased EPA didn't scale back the levels, but argued the Renewable Fuel Standard needs to be a "forward-looking program" to drive investment in new technologies.

"We need to do more for biodiesel", said Ernst, "because we can produce more". EPA implements the program in consultation with U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy.

"Increases in the volume requirements are justified and would be good public policy", Grassley said.