Recent Federal Actions
This list includes recent federal actions, such as Federal Register notices and rulemaking actions, agency directives or agency communications, that are all publicly available. These actions relate to alternative fuels and vehicles, fuel blends, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction and fuel economy measures. When rulemakings are finalized, they will move to the list of Federal Laws and Incentives.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule that would establish new renewable fuel volume requirements and associated percentage standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) program, dictating the amount of cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that obligated parties in the United States must blend into transportation fuel in 2018. The proposed rule also includes volume requirements for biomass-based diesel in 2019. As proposed, the volume requirements address production constraints and are lower than the mandated statutory levels that Section 202 of Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). The 2018 proposed standards are 238 million gallons (0.131%) cellulosic biofuels; 2.1 billion gallons (1.74%) biomass-based diesel; 4.24 billion gallons (2.34%) advanced biofuels; and 19.24 billion gallons (10.62%) total renewable fuels. The 2019 proposed volume requirement for biomass-based diesel is 2.1 billion gallons. EPA will accept comments on the proposed rule and petitions for waivers to the proposed rule for 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. For more information, refer to the proposed rule and the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard Program website.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the Volkswagen Group of America's (VW) National Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan. As required by the October 2016 2.0-Liter Partial Consent Decree, VW must invest $1.2 billion over ten years to support the increased adoption of ZEV technology in the United States. VW will submit a series of four 30-month cycle ZEV investment plans to EPA for approval; EPA has approved the Cycle 1 plan, covering Quarter 1, 2017, through Quarter 2, 2019. For more information, see the National ZEV Investment Plan: Cycle 1 and EPA's Volkswagen Clean Air Act Civil Settlement website.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to reconsider the final determination of the mid-term evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles. A parallel process is also being undertaken by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The EPA administrator will make a decision on the final determination by April 1, 2018. NHTSA will issue a final rule for MY 2022 CAFE standards by April 1, 2020.