Minneapolis, Dec 1 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued its proposed renewable volume obligation (RVO) targets for 2023, 2024 and 2025.
For 2023, the agency is proposing an RVO of 20.82 billion gallons, which includes 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol.
In addition, a supplemental volume of 250 million gallons of ethanol will be added to the 2023 RVO to address the remand of the 2014-2016 annual rule by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in Americans for Clean Energy vs EPA.
For 2024 and 2025, the EPA is proposing an RVO of 15.25 billion gallons of conventional ethanol for both years.
The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association’s executive director, Brian Werner, said: "Minnesota ethanol is a readily available renewable energy solution that offers consumers an affordable and cleaner option at the pump. We appreciate that the EPA’s proposed rule setting renewable fuel volumes for 2023 through 2025 provides for continued growth in the production and use of low-carbon ethanol. Once finalized, this rule will send a strong signal about the important role that ethanol can continue to play in reducing emissions, enhancing domestic energy security, and creating rural jobs."