WASHINGTON (May 18, 2016) — Advanced Biofuels Business Council (ABBC) Executive Director Brooke Coleman released the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) releasing its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2017. The agency proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 18.8 billion gallons – up from 18.1 billion gallons in 2016 – comprised of 4 billion gallons of advanced biofuel blending (including 312 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel blending) and 14.8 billion gallons of conventional biofuel blending.
“The 2017 proposal continues to grow U.S. renewable fuel markets, which is important and reflects progress we are making on higher biofuel blends, but it fails to correct regulatory missteps when it comes how the blending requirements are derived from year-to-year and to what degree implementation of the RFS hinges upon the oil industry’s willingness to secure and distribute low carbon biofuels when they are available. The Administration has pledged to do everything in its power to drive the commercialization and use of advanced, low carbon biofuels. The 2017 proposal does not do that. We cannot let the oil industry slow the implementation of this program. It’s that simple. If the Administration wants our industry to be aggressive when it comes to financing and commercializing low carbon fuels in the United States, as they have asked us to do, they need to hold up their end of the bargain and make some critical adjustments to the RFS final rule.”