Friday, November 15, 2013

EPA's Bad Call on Ethanol

In a win for big international oil companies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposal for the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) as required by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the amount of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel in the coming year.

More dirty oil.  Less clean American-grown ethanol.

Big Oil must be dancing in the streets.

The EPA proposes to set the cellulosic biofuel category at 17 million gallons, biomass-based diesel at 1.28 billion gallons, advanced biofuel at 2.20 billion gallons and renewable fuel at 15.21 billion.

The proposed rule caps corn-based (or conventional) ethanol at 13.01 billion gallons.

But the deal's not done yet.

The proposal still  requires input from the public after the proposed rule is published in the federal register.

We'll share how you can comment when we know the details.

Source: EPA


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