Submit your comments to the EPA by August 31

The EPA proposed the 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for corn-based ethanol at the level intended by Congress but proposed to lower the total RVO, as well as the cellulosic and advanced volumes, below the 2017 volumes.  We need to keep a strong Renewable Fuel Standard!  Doing so will yield greater stability and certainty in the marketplace and spur increased investment in renewable fuels.  Please submit your comment to the EPA by August 31, 2017.

The Renewable Fuel Standard:

  • Has spurred economic growth for farmers and rural communities
  • Provides a dependable structure that assists in stabilizing markets and promoting new technological advancements in the biofuels industry
  • Is NOT a “mandate.”
    • The standards set by the EPA simply allows more American-made products to be part of America’s fuel supply.
    • We should be strengthening our commitment to renewable fuels, not backing down.

RFS Overview

For more than 20 years, the National Corn Growers has worked side by side with farmers, industry, and government to build the ethanol industry from the ground up. Corn farmers across the country and the ethanol industry have helped America move one step closer to energy independence.  Our industry is also a major force in the revitalization of rural America by helping create green jobs and stimulating economic activity in rural communities.

Corn farmers and the ethanol industry play a significant role in promoting both energy independence and a stable, prosperous U. S. economy.  All this has been possible due in large part to the passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2005 and expansion in 2007.  The RFS has been a remarkable success and has helped to promote cleaner, greener fuels while also helping America become more energy independent.  We must protect the integrity of the RFS.

How it works

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for issuing annual regulations to ensure fuel sold in the U.S. contains the correct volume of renewable fuel. Also, the EPA is obligated to set the annual renewable volume obligation (RVO) for the upcoming year by November 30.  After three years of regulatory uncertainty, NCGA was pleased EPA set the 2017 RVO at the 15 billion gallons for conventional ethanol, in line with the statute set by Congress.  As EPA continues work on the 2018 RVO, sending your comments will help ensure EPA issues a strong final RVO.

Other Resources

Download NCGA’s RFS Issue Brief

Read the Austin Dillon Op-Ed on the RFS