EPA sets RFS volumes for 2019, biomass-based diesel volumes for 2020

Agency required to set renewable fuel percentage standards each year

Posted December 6, 2018

EPA recently finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2019, and biomass-based diesel for 2020.

The key elements of the rule are:

  • “Conventional” renewable fuel volumes, primarily met by corn ethanol, will be maintained at the implied 15-billion-gallon target set by Congress for 2019.
  • Advanced biofuel volumes for 2019 will increase by 630 million gallons over the 2018 standard.
  • Cellulosic biofuel volumes for 2019 will increase by almost 130 million gallons over the 2018 standard.
  • Biomass-based diesel volumes for 2020 will increase by 330 million gallons over the standard for 2019.

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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