EPA releases final 2017 renewable fuel quotas, draws industry fire

Posted on November 29, 2016

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EPA releases final 2017 renewable fuel quotas, draws industry fire

Nick Snow | Oil and Gas Journal

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced final renewable fuel quotas for 2017 that increased volume requirements from 2016 levels under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. 

The American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers each criticized the Nov. 23 move, and called on Congress again to substantially reform or repeal the RFS.

The new quotas apply to cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for calendar year 2017, and biomass-based diesel for 2018. Total renewable fuel volumes grew by 6% from 2016 levels, EPA said.

“Renewable fuel volumes continue to increase across the board compared to 2016 levels,” said Janet McCabe, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for air and radiation. “These final standards will boost production, providing for ambitious yet achievable growth of biofuels in the transportation sector.”

AFPM and API officials felt otherwise. “While we appreciate the difficulty of the task before EPA, the agency’s decision to increase the 2017 RFS volumes is completely detached from market realities and confirms once again that Congress must take immediate action to remedy this broken program,” AFPM Pres. Chet Thompson said on Nov. 23.

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