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Proposed RVO Raises Multiple Questions for Illinois Economists

Submitted by on June 15, 2015 – 11:11 amNo Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s May 29 proposed renewable volume obligations (RVO) is under scrutiny by University of Illinois economists in recent FarmDocDaily posts.

Jonathan Coppess examines the argument that EPA appears to be turning the renewable fuel standard (RFS) upside down, “switching it from one that was meant to force industry action to one that permits industry inaction to override the statue.” Coppess’ post, “EPA doubles Down on Questionable Reading of the RFS Statute,” evaluates EPA’s waiver arguments. …

Scott Irwin and Darrel Good continue to examine whether the proposed RVO does work as a ‘push’ for ethanol consumption, particularly looking at alternative scenarios in the post “Does it Matter Whether the EPA Targets Volumetric or Fractional RFS Standards?

EPA develops two sets of RFS compliance numbers when it publishes the RVO for each year. The first is an overarching volumetric RVO which is also expressed as a percentage standard. The percentage standard for a given year is the mandated national biofuels volume divided by total national use of transportation fuel.  …

…   “Our analysis highlights the sensitivity of estimates of the push in conventional ethanol mandates to the policy target of EPA. It does indeed matter whether the EPA targets fixed volumetric standards, fixed fractional standards, or a fixed push in the standards.”   READ MORE and MORE (Omaha World-Herald) and MORE (Indiana Public Media)


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