2018 Announcements for the Renewable Fuel Standard
Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price Calculation for 2019
For any calendar year for which the projected volume of cellulosic biofuel production is less than the applicable volume of cellulosic biofuel set forth in Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must reduce the required volume of cellulosic biofuel for that year to the projected volume and must provide obligated parties the opportunity to purchase cellulosic waiver credits.
Final Renewable Fuel Standards for 2019, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020
EPA has finalized volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2019 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel, as well as the biomass-based diesel volume for 2020.
Grain Sorghum Oil Pathway Final Rule
On July 24, 2018, EPA issued a final notice determining biodiesel and heating oil produced from distillers sorghum oil via a transesterification process, as well as renewable diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) produced from distillers sorghum oil via a hydrotreating process, would meet the lifecycle GHG emissions reduction threshold of 50 percent required for advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
EPA’s Report to Congress on the Environmental and Resource Conservation Impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program
On June 29, 2018, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act, EPA issued its second report to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the Renewable Fuels Standard program. This report is a synthesis of the peereviewed scientific literature since 2011 on biofuel use and production impacts on air and water quality, water quantity, ecosystem health and biodiversity, soil quality, invasive species, and international land use change.
Public Hearing for Proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2019, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020
EPA will hold a public hearing in Michigan on July 18, 2018 for the proposed rule ‘‘Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2019 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020.’’
Proposed Volume Standards for 2019 and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020
On June 26, 2018, EPA issued proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for calendar year 2019. EPA also proposed biomass-based diesel volume standards for calendar year 2020.