According to Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper, trade and small refinery waivers have stymied ethanol demand. “Our industry has grown accustomed to seeing consistent demand growth each year. We didn’t see that in 2019. That had to do with trade barriers and a reduction in export volumes. We also blended less ethanol domestically in the U.S. market because the EPA was mismanaging the Renewable Fuel Standard, letting some refiners avoid their obligation to blend ethanol.” Cooper says it’s been seven years since the EPA enforced ethanol volumes in the law. “We’ve seen the RFS volume eroded by the small refinery waivers for the last several years. In the previous administration, the Obama administration came up with waivers and reductions in volume.”
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