EPA seeks input on 2013 fuel standards

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public feedback on its new recommendations for biofuel volume targets.

The EPA is proposing 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program.

The proposed 2013 overall volumes and standards are:

• Biomass-based diesel (1.28 billion gallons; 1.12 percent)

• Advanced biofuels (2.75 billion gallons; 1.60 percent)

• Cellulosic biofuels (14 million gallons; 0.008 percent)

• Total renewable fuels (16.55 billion gallons; 9.63 percent)

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

Overall, the EPA’s program encourages greater use of renewable fuels, including advanced biofuels. For 2013, the program is proposing to implement the Energy Independence and Security Act’s requirement to blend more than 1.35 billion gallons of renewable fuels over the amount mandated for 2012.

The energy act 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.

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