Today’s proposal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 2023-2025 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes creates a clear pathway for sustainable growth in the production and use of low-carbon renewable fuels, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.
“EPA’s proposed rule solidifies a role for the Renewable Fuel Standard in future efforts to reduce carbon emissions and enhance our nation’s energy security,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Once finalized, this rule will significantly accelerate growth and investment in the low-carbon renewable fuels that will help decarbonize our nation’s transportation sector, extend domestic fuel supplies, and bolster the rural economy. By including three years’ worth of RFS volumes, EPA’s proposed rule will finally provide certainty and stability for the entire supply chain. EPA Administrator Michael Regan put the RFS program back on track with the 2022 volume obligations, and today’s proposal builds upon that solid foundation. RFA thanks Administrator Regan and the Biden administration for continuing to make good on their commitment to grow the marketplace for lower-carbon, lower-cost renewable fuels.”
EPA proposes to set the 2023 total RFS requirement at 20.82 billion gallons (bg), with 5.82 bg coming from advanced biofuels and 15 bg from conventional renewable fuels like corn ethanol. In addition, EPA proposes to add a supplemental volume of 250 million gallons on top of the 2023 standards to address a 2017 decision from the D.C. Circuit Court in a case brought against EPA by RFA and other leading farm and biofuel groups.
For 2024, EPA proposes a total RFS volume of 21.87 bg, comprising 6.62 bg of advanced biofuel and 15.25 bg of conventional renewable fuels. In 2025, EPA proposes to require 22.68 bg of total renewable fuel, including 7.43 bg of advanced biofuel and 15.25 bg of conventional renewable fuel.
Cooper noted that these renewable volume obligations also would stimulate rapid growth in E15 and E85, making it that much more important that a resolution is found for allowing year-round sales of E15, especially with new legislation filed this week with the support of RFA, the American Petroleum Institute and others.