Missing its Nov. 30, 2012, deadline by a long shot, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its proposed 2013 percentage standards for the four fuel categories that are part of its Renewable Fuel Standard program. EPA proposed setting the cellulosic biofuel standard for 2013 at 14 million gallons.
EPA noted that it believed its approach to developing this standard was consistent with an appeals court ruling in January that rules EPA had overstepped its boundaries in setting the 8.65 million gallons 2012 mandate for cellulosic biofuesls at a level that would help drive industry growth, rather than a hard estimate of how much fuel would be reproduced. EPA continued that its 14-million gallon proposal is a "reasonable representation of expected production."
The proposed 2013 overall volumes and standards are:
Biomass-based diesel (1.28 billion gallons; 1.12%)
Advanced biofuels (2.75 billion gallons; 1.60%)
Cellulosic biofuels (14 million gallons; 0.008%)
Total renewable fuels (16.55 billion gallons; 9.63%)
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established the RFS2 program and the annual renewable fuel volume targets, which steadily increase to an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, EPA calculates a percentage-based standard for the following year. Based on the standard, each refiner and importer determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is used in its transportation fuel.
The proposal announced today will be open for a 45-day public comment period and EPA will consider feedback from a range of stakeholders before the proposal is finalized.
Find more information on the standards and regulations: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/regulations.htm
Find more information on renewable fuels: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/index.htm