EPA Releases Final RVOs for 2020

The agency raised the cellulosic biofuel category to 590 million, more than proposed.

December 20, 2019

WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday released the final cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes for 2020 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the final rule Thursday, and publication will follow in the Federal Register. Annual renewable fuel percentage standards are used to calculate the number of gallons each obligated party is required to blend into their fuel or to otherwise obtain renewable identification numbers (RINs) to demonstrate compliance.

Under the final rule, 20.04 billion gallons of biofuel must be blended into the fuel system, up from 19.92 billion gallons in 2019. The EPA increased the cellulosic biofuel category slightly more than initially proposed—590 million gallons vs. 540 million gallons—and also increased the percentage standards.

The agency kept the volumes of biodiesel for 2021 at 2.43 billion gallons, the same as 2020. Biodiesel volumes are set a year in advance of other renewable fuel categories.

The EPA’s RVOs and percentage standards are as follows, with 2018 and 2019 final volumes and percentage standards listed for reference (newly finalized volumes/percentages are in bold). All volumes are ethanol-equivalent, except for biomass-based diesel, which is actual.