EPA to hold biofuels quota steady in 2018

November 30, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has backed off its proposal to slightly cut the federal biofuels mandate.

The agency finalized a rule Thursday that would instead hold blending quotas under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) flat for 2018.

The rule will require refiners to mix 19.29 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the gasoline supply in 2018. That’s about 25 percent lower than the target Congress established in a 2007 law, but the EPA has routinely finalized RFS blending quotas below the statuary requirements.

EPA regulators will require refiners to blend 15 billion gallons of conventional corn-based ethanol into the fuel supply, as well as 4.29 billion gallons of advanced biofuels. The agency will also mandate 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel to be blended into the diesel fuel supply.

In July, the EPA proposed an overall 19.25 billion-gallon blending target, a level that included cuts to the biodiesel target....

Read entire article at The Hill.

See response from American Petroleum Institute.

 

 

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