EPA proposes 18.3bn gallons of biofuels blending for 2017
May 26, 2016
On 18 May, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed increases in renewable fuel volumes for all types of biofuels for 2017 under the country’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme.
The agency proposed a total renewable fuel volume 18.8bn gallons for 2017, covering cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel. The EPA also proposed volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2018.
The EPA said total renewable fuel volumes would grow by nearly 700M gallons between 2016 and 2017.
Advanced renewable fuel – which requires 50% lifecycle carbon emissions reductions – would grow by nearly 400M gallons between 2016 and 2017.
The non-advanced or ‘conventional’ fuels portion of total renewable fuels – which requires a minimum of 20% lifecycle carbon emissions reductions – would increase by 300M gallons between 2016 and 2017 and achieve 99% of the Congressional target of 15bn gallons.
Biomass-based biodiesel – which must achieve at least 50% lifecycle emissions reductions – would grow by 100M gallons between 2017 and 2018.
Cellulosic biofuel – which requires 60% lifecycle carbon emissions reductions – would grow by 82M gallons or 35%, between 2016 and 2017.
The EPA proposal would establish a 2.1bn gallon biomass-based diesel requirement in 2018, up from the 2bn gallon requirement for 2017.
The National Biodiesel Board said that “EPA can easily call for at least 2.5bn gallons in 2018 after nearly 2.1bn gallons of biodiesel were delivered under the RFS in 2015.
The EPA said it would the proposals would be open for public input and comment until 11 July.