Sept. 11, 2017 — Recently, EPA proposed a rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019.

Some of our innovative members aim to capture and convert energy from wastewater into fuels to help run their facilities and reduce costs for their customers.  The RFS is a necessary program for our members to have certainty when considering adding these treatment technologies at their facilities.  A significant amount of time is spent planning new investments based on the knowledge that the fuel they produce will have a certain value.  The RFS guarantees this value and without it, we have heard from our members that new projects will have increased risks and may not be undertaken.  

WEF believes that the lowering of the cellulosic and advanced biofuel volume targets in 2018 will directly impact renewable energy production in the water industry.  Along with other water focused organizations, WEF provided a written comment to the EPA requesting that instead of lowering the targets, the EPA increases the volume targets in 2018 to continue to drive growth in the sector.  The RFS is one of the most crucial factors in increased investment in renewable fuels and the guaranteed demand that they bring directly affects our members ability to continue to drive growth and provide for their customers.


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