Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Biofuels Industry Reacts to Final RVO Numbers

Biofuels Industry Reacts to Final RVO Numbers

All groups that support cleaner-burning, renewable fuels should work together to help the EPA understand why a viable starch industry and aggressive targets for cellulosic and advanced biofuels are essential to safeguarding public health and improving the health of our planet.

The cellulosic standard is one area lowered for 2018.

The agency finalized a total renewable fuel volume of 19.29 billion gallons, including 4.29 billion advanced biofuel - a slight increase from the proposal - and 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. The biomass-based biodiesel amount remains at 2.1 billion gallons. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in a Wednesday release provided by his office.

The proposed numbers were 19.24 billion gallons of total renewable fuel and 2.1 billion gallons for biomass-based biodiesel.

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor - "The EPA's on-time announcement upholds the statutory targets for conventional biofuels, which will provide much-needed certainty for hard-pressed rural communities".

"These flat volumes will harm Americans across several job-creating sectors - be they farmers, grease collectors, crushers, biodiesel producers or truckers - as well as consumers", Doug Whitehead, chief operating officer of the National Biodiesel Board, said in a statement Thursday morning.

American Soybean Association President Ron Moore said failing to increase the biodiesel RVO "continues to be a missed opportunity to capitalize on a valuable market for soybean oil", and that EPA should "take another look at biodiesel and the value US soybean farmers bring to the domestic energy discussion".

"It appears that EPA did exactly what Sen". We feel the Administration missed an opportunity in not continuing a sensible and consistent growth trajectory for biomass-based diesel.

"It was really exciting to see and it tells us that the President and his administration believe in biofuel, that was fantastic", Pitz said.

Grassley, Ernst, King, Young, and Loebsack all ended their statements with an emphasis on their continued commitment to advocating for and defending the Renewable Fuel Standard and the US biofuel industry.

Even as officials expressed disappointment with the new advanced biofuel levels Thursday, they still praised the administration for upholding ethanol amounts and backing off the potential structural changes. American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings says, "ACE members are very pleased" that EPA set the RVO for ethanol at the statutory level of 15-billion gallons, as other industry groups applauded the announcement. "Moving forward, I will continue pressing the EPA to further bolster the biodiesel and cellulosic requirements".

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