ACE urges EPA to maintain biofuels volumes in 2022

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The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Volume Standards for 2020, 2021, and 2022 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
The comments are on how the Agency can improve the final rule in a way that makes important near-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.
ACE’s comments also express support for EPA’s plan to restore the 500 million gallons unlawfully waived in 2016 by implementing a 250-million-gallon supplemental volume remedy for 2022 and 2023.
ACE CEO Brian Jennings has advised the EPA to withdraw the proposed cut for 2020 and maintain volumes realised during that year, citing the unprecedented, unnecessary, and legally dubious nature of the proposal to retroactively reduce the volumes.
He also wants to revise the 2021 volumes to align more closely with actual consumption, setting a final volume for implied conventional biofuel of at least 14 billion gallons.
He also wants to proceed to finalise the proposed 2022 volumes, including restoring 500 million gallons of supplemental volume for 2022 and 2023.
ACE also expressed support for EPA’s new approach regarding Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs), encouraged the Agency to proactively consider regulatory outdated internal biofuel GHG modelling tool with the latest version of the Department of Energy’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model.