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December 4, 2015
EPA Releases Final Renewable Fuel Standard Rule

On November 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule. This RFS rule sets the volume requirements and percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and for biomass-based diesel for 2017. This rule decreases the amount of required ethanol from the original RFS volume requirements set in 2007. The 2016 volume requirements will decrease from 15 billion gallons to 14.5 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol, and from 22.3 billion gallons to 18.11 billion gallons of biofuels. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack stated: "[It] is a positive step forward providing for continued growth in all parts of the Renewable Fuel Standard -- advanced, biodiesel, cellulosic, and conventional -- building on the Obama Administration's and USDA's commitment to biofuels and American-grown renewable energy." This decrease in RFS requirements is disappointing, however, it was imperative that a final RFS rule was released to assuage the uncertainty that has impacted investment in the biofuel industry.

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