Biofuels Industry Reacts to Final RVO Numbers

Nebraska Corn encouraged by EPA’s final 2018 renewable volume obligation

We will continue to work with EPA in 2018 to develop workable plans for additional growth in 2019.We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our legislative champions, agriculture partners and others in the biodiesel supply chain.

"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", said Doug Whitehead, chief operating officer for the NBB. Chet Thompson, President and CEO of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, said EPA did "exactly what Senator Grassley demanded, bowing the knee to King Corn".

"Today, the EPA has upheld their commitment to set the volume requirements for conventional ethanol for 2018 approved levels, and I am pleased that this administration is keeping its pledge to rural America to support the RFS", Ernst said.

The proposed numbers were 19.24 billion gallons of total renewable fuel and 2.1 billion gallons for biomass-based biodiesel. "The EPA's on-time announcement upholds the statutory targets for conventional biofuels, which will provide much-needed certainty for hard-pressed rural communities. He stood by that, but we still want to see growth in the industry".

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.

"The EPA has sat on its laurels when it could have been more aggressive and helped promote further growth", Loebsack said in a Thursday press release provided by his office.

The EPA's requirements were only slightly higher than 2017 for most fuel types, and decreased for cellulosic ethanol.

"We're disappointed today, as we had originally pushed for a level of 2.5 billion gallons for biomass-based diesel in 2019 and 4.75 billion gallons of total advanced biofuels for 2018, but we'll continue in our work to develop even greater capacity within our industry, and we urge EPA and the Administration to take another look at biodiesel and the value USA soybean farmers bring to the domestic energy discussion", Moore said.

Similarly, Iowa's senior Republican Sen.

The announcement of final 2018 renewable fuels volumes brought a mixed reaction in Iowa on Thursday. The 2019 amount for biomass-based diesel also was set at 2.1 billion gallons.

"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. She added she would continue to push for higher biodiesel and cellulosic amounts.

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