Underwood, ND -
Midwest AgEnergy, the parent company to ethanol biorefineries, Blue Flint, near Underwood, ND and Dakota Spirit, near Spiritwood, ND today announced it has submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding renewable fuel standards (RFS) for blended fuels in the coming year.
The RFS was originally created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded in 2007.
Each year the EPA is required to propose volumes of renewable fuel to be blended with petroleum based fuels in the subsequent year. Stakeholders as well as the general public are allowed to comment on the proposed volumes and the methods used to determine the proposed volume if they differ from amounts specified by Congress.
As a producer of renewable ethanol, Midwest AgEnergy typically submits comments because of the importance of the standard to their core business. In addition, the volumes set in the standard can be felt in the local economy as it will influence prices that Ag producers will receive for their commodities.
For 2019 the EPA has proposed total renewable fuels usage of 19.88 billion gallons of which about 15 billion gallons can be ethanol produced from facilities like those owned by MAG. “Unfortunately a recent change in how EPA administers waivers will remove about 1.8 billion gallons from that amount. According to Adam Dunlop Director Regulatory and Technical Services MAG--
This reduces demand for hundreds of millions of bushels of corn and soybeans. It also decreases the environmental benefits biofuels offer to public health and limits low cost fuel choices to consumers. We encourage farmers who oppose market destruction of this new policy and consumers who want access to high performance, low cost, environmentally friendly fuels to submit comments to EPA and to share those concerns and comments with their political representatives.”
Midwest AgEnergy has posted our submitted comments to our website as guidance for those wishing to submit comments. Comments are due August 17 and can be submitted to Regulations.gov
, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0167.
View Midwest AgEnergy's 2019 RVO comments here