EPA updates SRE data, 38 SRE applications now pending for 2018

By Erin Voegele | June 25, 2019

Another small refinery exemption (SRE) application for the Renewable Fuel Standard’s 2018 compliance year has been declared ineligible or withdrawn, according to updated SRE data posted to the U.S. EPA website on June 24. 

The data shows two of the 40 SRE applications filed for compliance year 2018 have now been declared ineligible or withdrawn, up from one as of May 16. The remaining 38 SRE applications are still pending. No other changes to the agency’s SRE data were made.

For compliance year 2017, 37 SRE applications have been filed. To date, 35 applications have been approved, with one declared ineligible or withdrawn and one application still pending. Together the 35 approved applications have exempted 17.05 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from complying with renewable Fuels Standard blending requirements, accounting for 1.82 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs).

For compliance year 2016, the EPA has received 20 small refinery petitions, with 19 approved to date and one still pending. The 19 approved petitions have exempted approximately 790 million RINs, or 7.84 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting RFS blending targets.

For compliance year 2015, the EPA received 14 petitions. The agency approved seven petitions and denied six. One petition was declared ineligible or withdrawn. The seven approved petitions have exempted approximately 290 million RINs, or 3.07 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting RFS blending targets.

The EPA received 13 small refinery petitions for compliance year 2014. The agency approved eight petitions, but denied the remaining five. The eight approved petitions exempted 210 million RINs, or approximately 2.3 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting RFS blending targets.

For the 2013 compliance year, EPA received 16 petitions. The agency approved eight and denied seven. One petition was declared ineligible or withdrawn. The eight approved petitions exempted 190 million RINs, or approximately 1.98 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel form meeting RFS blending obligations.