Commenting on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a package of actions setting biofuel volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for years 2020, 2021, and 2022, the American Biogas Council (ABC) is both appreciative and disappointed over the EPA's proposal.
Under the RFS, the biogas industry produces gaseous and liquified renewable natural gas (RNG), renewable electricity, renewable hydrogen, and can help decarbonize other fuels.
Thank you to EPA for issuing the RVO for next year which helps the industry continue to develop new projects. We appreciate EPA’s recognition of 20-25 percent annual growth in the D3/cellulosic category, 95 percent of which is renewable natural gas made from biogas. However, we have observed actual industry growth this year that is two times higher. We, therefore, encourage EPA to revise these cellulosic volumes upward in the final rule. In addition, we continue to be extremely disappointed that EPA has again failed to recognize renewable electricity from biogas in its volumes for now the seventh year in a row. We implore EPA to take action quickly to approve the dozens of projects already registered and again revise the RVO for cellulosic biofuel upward to recognize this additional renewable fuel production for battery and fuel cell electric vehicles, said Patrick Serfass, Executive Director American Biogas Council in a statement.