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Renewable Fuel Standard Program

2015 Announcements for Renewable Fuel Standard

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Renewable Fuel Standard: Final Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and the Biomass-Based Volume for 2017

On November 30, 2015, EPA finalized the volume requirements and associated percentage standards under the RFS program in calendar years 2014, 2015, and 2016 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel. EPA also finalized the volume requirement for biomass-based diesel for 2017.

Learn more about Final Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and the Biomass-Based Volume for 2017.

Notice of Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price Calculation for 2016

Information regarding the calculation of the Cellulosic Waiver Credit (CWC) price, and establishment of the CWC price, for 2016.

Notice of Opportunity to Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Jatropha Curcas Oil for Use in Biofuel Production

EPA's analysis of the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of jatropha curcas oil feedstock for use in making biofuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel, and jet fuel.

  • Learn more about the Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Jatropha Oil for Use in Biofuel Production.
  • The Federal Register Notice published October 13, 2015 listed an incorrect date by which comments must be received.  A correction was published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2015.

Renewable Fuel Standard: Proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and the Biomass-Based Volume for 2017

EPA proposed the volume requirements and associated percentage standards that would apply under the RFS program in calendar years 2014, 2015, and 2016 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel. EPA also proposed the volume requirement for biomass-based diesel for 2017.

Renewable Fuels Volume Standards Timeline Announced

A consent decree in litigation brought against EPA, by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), established the following schedule for issuing Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014 and 2015:

  • By June 1, 2015, the agency will propose volume requirements for 2015;
  • By November 30, 2015, EPA will finalize volume requirements for 2014 and 2015 and resolve a pending waiver petition for 2014.

Outside the scope of the consent decree, EPA also committed to:

  • Propose the RFS volume requirements for 2016 by June 1, 2015 and finalize them by November 30, 2015;
  • Propose and finalize the RFS biomass-based diesel volume requirement for 2017 on the same schedule; and
  • Re-propose volume requirements for 2014, by June 1, that reflect the volumes of renewable fuel that were actually used in 2014.

Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price and Minor Amendments: Direct Final Rule

A direct final rule on the Renewable Fuels (RFS) program to clarify how EPA calculates cellulosic waiver credit prices.

Notice of Opportunity to Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Cotton (Gossypium spp.) Seed Oil for Use in Biofuel Production

EPA’s analysis of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the production and transport of Gossypium spp. seed oil (“cottonseed oil”) feedstock for use in making biofuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel, and jet fuel.

  • Learn more about the Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Cotton Seed Oil for Use in Biofuel Production. 

Notice of Opportunity to Comment on Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to the Production and Transport of Brassica Carinata Oil for Use in Biofuel Production

EPA’s analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of carinata oil feedstock for use in making biofuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel, and jet fuel.

  • Learn more about the Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to the Production and Transport of Brassica Carinata Oil for Use in Biofuel Production. 

Notice of Opportunity to Comment on Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to the Production and Transport of Pennycress (Thlaspi Arvense) Oil for Use in Biofuel Production

EPA’s analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of pennycress oil feedstock for use in making biofuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel, and jet fuel.

  • Learn more about the Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to the Production and Transport of Pennycress Oil for Use in Biofuel Production. 

Approval Letter for an Alternative Renewable Biomass Tracking Program

CARBIO’s plan includes a robust tracking program that requires an independent third party to conduct an annual survey of the entire biofuel supply chain, from soybean production through intermediate processing, to biodiesel production.  This approved plan enhances existing regulatory oversight requirements currently applied to qualifying renewable fuels being imported from Argentina.

Request for Substantiations of Claims of Confidential Business Information (CBI) from Businesses that have Submitted Reports and Transactional Information under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program

EPA received a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for certain records submitted to EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program between January 1, 2011 and November 2014. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register requesting substantiations of confidentiality claims from businesses that have submitted any or all of the information listed in the notice and are claiming the information as confidential business information (CBI).

  • Learn more about Substantiations of Claims of Confidential Business Information (CBI) from Businesses that have Submitted Reports and Transactional Information under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program. 

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