The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on its proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Representatives of the ethanol industry, including the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the American Coalition for Ethanol, have slammed the rule for failing to reallocate RVOs waived by small refinery exemptions (SREs). The RFS Power Coalition, which includes the Biomass Power Association and American Biogas Council, have criticized the rule for failing to include renewable electricity. The ABC and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas have also stressed the proposed rule falls short of accounting for actual 2020 cellulosic biofuel production and will do little to encourage greater development in biogas-based RNG fuels. More >>