The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week unveiled its proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2018 that keep the requirement for conventional biofuels like corn ethanol at the 15-billion-gallon (56.8 billion litres) level set by Congress.
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) expressed satisfaction that the agency has proposed to maintain the same volume as in its 2017 final rule, saying that it will help to drive more investment in infrastructure to allow higher ethanol blends.
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) executive director Monte Shaw said: “IRFA applauds President Trump for keeping his campaign promise with this proposal to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard for ethanol. Maintaining the 15-billion-gallon conventional biofuels level is good news for E15, motorists and farmers.”
According to the proposal, a total of 19.24 billion gallons of renewable fuels should be supplied to the market next year, including 4.24 billion gallons of advanced biofuel, a slight decrease from the 2017 requirement of 4.28 billion gallons.
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US EPA proposes to keep 2018 ethanol quota at 15 bn gallons