EPA Rule threatens the Future of Renewable Liquid Heating Fuels

February 3rd, 2023 - 1:21 pm

Take Action by Friday to Oppose this Harmful Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering a rule to limit biodiesel blends in heating oil and diesel fuel to no more than 20 percent (B20). Your help is needed to defeat this misguided proposal which, if imposed, will make biofuel in heating unprofitable and increase greenhouse gas emissions.
The purpose of the EPA’s proposed rule is to set biofuel volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for the coming years. It also puts forward several changes to the program.

Buried deep in the proposal is a change that prohibits renewal credits known as RINs from being "separated" from biodiesel blends that exceed 20%. Because of the complex way that RINs are traded, this would severely disincentivize blending biodiesel into heating oil.

This arbitrary and seemingly politically motivated change would make fuel dealers less competitive in a market where consumers and policymakers are demanding low-carbon home energy solutions. It would be particularly disruptive in states where blending is required by law.

This EPA proposal is a free gift to the "electrify everything" movement and gas and electric utilities. By keeping biodiesel blends below 20%, heating oil will be less competitive from an emissions perspective with respect to natural gas and electric heat pumps. It is basically a backdoor way to knock us out of the game.

Take a moment to send a letter of opposition to the EPA. A letter has been prepared for you and is available using the below link. The deadline for submission is Friday, February 10, 2023 at 11:59pm ET. Thank you for your support!