US EPA sets higher-than-proposed biofuel volumes for 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday released final renewable fuel volume requirements for 2017 that call for a total of 19.28 billion gallons (72.98 billion litres) of biofuel to be used next year. This is an increase from the 18.8 billion gallons the agency proposed in May. The requirement for advanced biofuel, including biomass-based diesel, cellulosic biofuel and other biofuel that achieves at least 50% lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions, was set at 4.28 billion gallons, up from the 4 billion gallons suggested in May. The quota for conventional biofuels like corn ethanol was increased to 15 billion gallons, thus meeting the target specified by Congress, from the 14.8 billion proposed previously. The volumes for all categories of biofuels are higher compared to the 2016 levels. The EPA also confirmed the biomass-based diesel requirement for 2018 at 2.1 billion gallons.

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