"Biofuels: Trump Admin Proposes Boost For Ethanol Blending"

"The Trump administration plans to boost biofuel blending in the nation's fuel supplies beginning next year, while continuing to let small petroleum refineries avoid the mandates in certain circumstances, officials said today [Friday].

In a joint news release, EPA and the Department of Agriculture said a proposal — likely released next week — will open the way to including more than 15 billion gallons of ethanol a year in the nation's fuel supply, the level mandated by the renewable fuel standard, and ensure that exemptions given to small refineries don't undercut the overall mandate.

The announcement didn't delve into details, such as the volumes to be required, saying those would come in a formal proposal subject to public comment, building off EPA's annual rulemaking for next year's biofuel requirements. Proposed volumes would be based in part on a rolling three-year average of biofuel levels, an EPA official told reporters in a conference call today."

Marc Heller reports for Greenwire October 4, 2019.


"Trump, Facing Farmers’ Discontent, Plans Help for Ethanol" (New York Times)

"Klobuchar Blasts Trump Ethanol Proposal As 'Too Little Too Late'" (The Hill)

"Trump Administration Says Plan Would Restore Ethanol Demand" (AP)

"Trump Sides With Farmers In Ethanol Proposal, Angering Oil Industry" (The Hill)

"Trump Unveils New Ethanol Plan, Short On Details, That Promises To Replace Exempted Gallons" (Des Moines Register)

Source: Greenwire, 10/07/2019