UCS blog outlines just how EPA did an about turn on proposed 2018 cellulosic RVO

In Washington, a senior scientist writing on the Union of Concerned Scientists’ blog clearly demonstrates how the Environmental Protection Agency shifted gears in mid-June by scrapping the cellulosic biofuel target based on corn kernel technology that has been successfully ramping up and instead focusing on the slow-to-commercialization large-scale facilities that haven’t performed as well as they should have. The earlier methodology proposed pre-June 23 would have increased the cellulosic biofuel mandate in 2018 from 2017 in line with this expansion in corn kernel production but instead was cut June 23 by more than 150 million gallons, sending negative signals to investors in advanced biofuels.

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