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EPA proposes RFS volumes for 2020, biomass-based diesel volumes for 2021

Agency required to set renewable fuel percentage standards each year

Posted July 15, 2019

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler issued a proposed rule under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program that would set the minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in 2020, as well as the biomass-based diesel volume standard for 2021.

The key elements of the proposed rule are:

  • “Conventional” renewable fuel volumes, primarily met by corn ethanol, would be maintained at the implied 15-billion-gallon target set by Congress.
  • Advanced biofuel volumes for 2020 would increase to 5.04 billion gallons, which is 0.12 billion gallons higher than the 2019 standard.
  • The cellulosic biofuel volume requirement of 0.54 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons for 2020 is based on EPA’s production projection, which is 0.12 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons higher than the cellulosic biofuel volume finalized for 2019.
  • The biomass-based diesel (BBD) volume for 2021 would be maintained at 2.43 billion gallons, the same as the 2020 standard.

The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set annual RFS volumes of biofuels that must be used for transportation fuel for four categories of biofuels: total, advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel. EPA implements the RFS program in consultation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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