In a November 23 announcement, the EPA released the Final Renewable Fuel Standards for 2017, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018. The mandates represent final RFS volumes that are higher than past historical levels — 15 billion gallons of ethanol will be mixed into 2017’s gasoline supply — and final standards that meet or exceed volume targets for total renewable fuel, biomass-based diesel, and advanced biofuel.
The announcement is good news for Iowa, the nation’s leader in ethanol production, and was met with enthusiastic support from advocates of biomass-based diesel. In a release from Ames-based Renewable Energy Group (REG), President and CEO Daniel Oh expressed his appreciation for the EPA’s increase in the Biomass-Based Diesel RVO to 2.1 billion gallons for 2018, 100 million gallons over the final 2017 level and 200 million gallons above the 2016 minimum volume.
“While our industry has shown that higher volumes of biomass-based diesel can and will be produced and consumed, this final rule elevates the growth trajectory for our cleaner, lower carbon intensity advanced biofuel,” said Oh. “Biomass-based diesel will continue to lead the way. We appreciate the support of those at the EPA, many others throughout the Administration and our bi-partisan champions on Capitol Hill who all helped make this possible.”