EPA Proposes 2013 US Renewable Fuel Standards

US – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed its 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2).

The proposed 2013 overall volumes and standards are:

  • Biomass-based diesel (1.28 billion gallons; 1.12 per cent)
  • Advanced biofuels (2.75 billion gallons; 1.60 per cent)
  • Cellulosic biofuels (14 million gallons; 0.008 per cent)
  • Total renewable fuels (16.55 billion gallons; 9.63 per cent)

The proposal will be open for a 45-day public comment period and EPA will consider feedback from a range of stakeholders before the proposal is finalised.

Responding to the announcement, Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) said: “The advanced ethanol industry appreciates US EPA’s due diligence on getting to the right number on cellulosic biofuels. The cellulosic biofuels industry is just breaking through at commercial scale with the most innovative and cleanest liquid fuel in the world.

“US EPA worked hard to ensure that the cellulosic biofuels volume standard for 2013 would be tied directly to the commercial production of cellulosic biofuels expected to come online this year. While weaning the United States off of its addiction to foreign oil is not easy, the volume standards proposed today will continue to provide advanced biofuel investors and innovators with a predictable and durable path forward in that effort. US EPA’s acknowledgement of the Brazil situation underscores the need to knock down the ethanol blend wall quickly, so that we are not protecting 90 percent of the market exclusively for fossil fuels.

“The RFS is one the most, if not the most forward-looking and intelligent energy programs ever enacted in the United States. We look forward to finalizing these targets as quickly as possible to provide our investors and fuel producers with the certainty they need to meet the RFS.”