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Ethanol Increase: More Art than Science

EPA will set ethanol Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for 2020 to net out at 15 billion gallons; that is the latest word on the new biofuels package proposed by the Administration according to commentary from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The 2020 RVOs have been a political hot potato for a while and the subject of much speculation since 30 August when the President announced that there would be a “giant package” to boost biofuel use.  Since then details, speculation and pieces of the package were leaked.  Much of that information pointed to a 16 billion gallon RVO for corn ethanol in 2020, as we noted on 13 September.  But as WPI also wrote on 30 August, conventional ethanol faces a statutory cap of 15 bill...

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