Biodiesel Vows To Work With Trump Admin To Correct RFS Levels

This has been a tumultuous year for the biofuels industry, and for Midwest Republicans who backed President Donald Trump.

"Increases in the volume requirements are justified and would be good public policy", Grassley said.

The now mandated volume for 2017 is also 15 billion gallons; with only weeks left in 2017, the Energy Information Agency (EIA) of the US Department of Energy is forecasting the total domestic use of ethanol for the year to be just 14.4 billion gallons.

"While I hoped for higher levels, they aren't unexpected and are unfortunately in line with EPA's original proposal", Grassley said. "Maintaining the 15-billion-gallon conventional biofuel requirement will accelerate investments in the infrastructure necessary to distribute mid-level ethanol blends like E15 and E30, and flex fuels like E85".

The amount of renewable fuels required to be blended into the nation's gasoline supply next year will be roughly the same as this year, according to a final rule to be published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency noted that the final renewable fuel standards for 2018 and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2019 differ slightly from the limits it proposed earlier this year.

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The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) said it was disappointed in the EPA's levels and its failure to respond to repeated calls for growth.

The head of the leading US ethanol industry trade association applauded the EPA's decision to keep a 15-billion-gallon mandate for conventional biofuels. "We'll continue to work with this administration to right this wrong for future volumes".

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".

"The EPA's announced renewable volume obligations fall short of the full potential of the US biofuels industry", said Sen. "We think this action is bad for USA manufacturing and American consumers and encourage Congress to finally fix the RFS". "He stood by that, but we still want to see growth in the industry". Still, we would encourage EPA to closely monitor the commercialization of new cellulosic technologies, particularly regarding corn kernel fiber conversion, because we believe greater cellulosic production is likely.

"Administrator Pruitt, therefore, faces the daunting task of implementing a broken program that was based on incorrect assumptions made over a decade ago", Macchiarola said in a statement.

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