EPA Releases Final Renewable Fuel Volumes for 2019

The organization must issue the amount of renewable fuel to be blended in our nation’s fuel system each year.
December 03, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2019. Each year, the EPA must issue the amount of renewable fuel to be blended in our nation’s fuel system by November 30 of the subsequent year.

In the final proposal, 19.92 billion gallons of biofuel must be blended into the fuel system – an increase from the 2018 volumes and an increase from the EPA’s original proposal in June. It keeps the conventional ethanol volume at 15 billion gallons and increases the advanced biofuel volumes to 4.92 billion gallons. Cellulosic ethanol volumes are also increased to 418 million gallons, which is higher than 2018 volumes and higher than what they originally proposed in June. In addition, the EPA increased the volumes of biodiesel for 2020 to 2.43 billion gallons – up from the 2.1 billion gallons in 2019. Biodiesel volumes are set a year in advance of other renewable fuel categories.

EPA's RVOs and percentage standards are as follows, with 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 final volumes and percentage standards listed for reference (newly finalized volumes/percentages are bolded): 

Final 2019 Volume Requirements
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cellulosic biofuel 123 mill gal 230 mill gal 311 mill gal 288 mill gal 418 mill gal n/a
Biomass-based diesel 1.73 bill gal 1.90 bill gal 2.0 bill gal 2.1 bill gal 2.1 bill gal 2.43 bill gal
Advanced biofuel 2.88 bill gal 3.61 bill gal 4.28 bill gal 4.29 bill gal 4.92 bill gal n/a
Total renewable fuels 16.93 bill gal 18.11 bill gal 19.28 bill gal 19.29 bill gal 19.92 bill gal n/a
 
Final 2019 Percentage Standards
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cellulosic biofuel 0.069% 0.128% 0.173% 0.160% 0.230%
Biomass-based diesel 1.49% 1.59% 1.67% 1.74% 1.73%
Advanced biofuel 1.62% 2.01% 2.38% 2.37% 2.71%
Total renewable fuels 9.52% 10.10% 10.70% 10.67% 10.97%

View a summary of the proposal, or see the EPA’s rule here (PDF).

Stay tuned for more information and analysis on the EPA’s announcement in future NACS Daily articles.

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