EPA Proposes Increase in Renewable Fuel Levels

Randall Weiseman Corn, Energy, Field Crops, General, Soybeans

corn stalk ethanol gas pumpThe Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal this week to increase renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

While agriculture and farm groups applaud the increase, industry groups say the increase is not enough. The proposal would increase total renewable fuel volumes by nearly 700 million gallons between 2016 and 2017. The conventional biofuel amount of 14.8 billion gallons is an increase from 14.5 billion gallons in 2016. The EPA says the increase will achieve 99 percent of the Congressional target of 15 billion gallons.

For biodiesel, the EPA proposal would establish a 2.1 billion gallon Biomass-based Diesel requirement in 2018, up from the 2.0 billion gallon requirement for 2017. The EPA will accept comments on the proposal for 60 days.