EPA set to advance RFS overhaul

Source: By Steve Davies, Bill Tomson, and Noah Wicks, Agri-Pukse • Posted: Sunday, October 9, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency is set to advance a proposal laying out biofuel usage mandates for the next few years and likely creating credits for biogas-produced electricity. A source with knowledge of EPA’s plans say the proposed “set” rule will move to the Office of Management and Budget for review any day and will cover 2023, 2024 and possibly 2025. EPA is required under a consent decree to release the proposal by Nov. 16.

Why it matters: Next year will be the first year that there aren’t usage targets stated in law. EPA Administrator Michael Regan suggested last month that the proposal would provide some room for growth in biofuel usage: “I believe that what we’re proposing will continue the progress that we’ve made up until this point,” he said. The rule is expected to include a new program for e-RINs, credits that would be available for biogas that’s used to produce renewable power for transportation. The National Milk Producers Federation is among the groups supporting the e-RIN plan.