EPA Finalizes 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard RVOs

The agency also establishes biomass-based diesel volume for 2019.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released final 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, setting the RVO for total renewable fuel at 19.29 billion gallons, including 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, and 4.29 billion gallons of advanced biofuel.

In addition, the agency has set the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel at 2.1 billion gallons.

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In its proposed rule released in July, the EPA proposed to set the 2018 RVO for cellulosic biofuel at 238 million gallons. In the final rule, the agency has increased the RVO slightly to 288 million gallons. The EPA also slightly increased the RVO for advanced biofuel, to 4.29 billion gallons from 4.24 billion gallons. The overall RVO has been increased from a proposed 19.24 billion gallons to a final 19.29 billion gallons.

The 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel, however, has been maintained at the originally proposed volume of 2.1 billion gallons.

When compared to the final RVOs for 2017, the cellulosic RVO has been reduced from 311 million gallons to 288 million gallons. The advanced biofuel RVO, however, has been increased slightly, to 4.29 billion gallons in 2018 from 4.28 billion gallons in 2017. The total RVO has increased by approximately 10 million gallons, to 19.29 billion gallons in 2018 from 19.28 billion gallons in 2017.