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EPA’s Final RVO Rule

As Matt Herrington noted on Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency released the final required volume obligations (RVO) rule which set the biofuels blending levels for 2021 (retroactively) and 2022 (six months late, and five months into the compliance year).   Following is the breakdown compared to what was proposed by EPA in December 2021: 2021 volume (issued retroactively) is larger; 2022 volume is lower, with the reduction coming from the cellulosic category; However, the 2022 effective volume would be larger as EPA added a 250 million gallon “supplemental obligation” for 2022. The supplemental volume is intended to address the remand of the 2014-2016 final RVOs by the DC Circuit Court of Appeal...

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Forecasting developments in production agriculture

On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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