2013 Renewable Fuel Standards Proposed by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the 2013 percentage standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard. For total renewable fuels - EPA is proposing 16.55-billion gallons; for advanced biofuels - 2.75-billion gallons; for biomass-based diesel - 1.28-billion gallons; and for cellulosic biofuels - 14-million gallons. The RFS2 program encourages greater use of renewable fuels - including advanced biofuels. For 2013 - the program is proposing to implement the requirement of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to blend more than 1.35-billion gallons of renewable fuels over the amount mandated for 2012.

The annual renewable fuel volume targets established in the 2007 legislation steadily increase to an overall level of 36-billion gallons in 2022. The EPA calculates a percentage-based standard for the following year to achieve these volumes. It is based on these standards that refiners and importers determine the minimum volume of fuel it must ensure is used in its transportation fuel.

The EPA's proposed volumes and standards for 2013 are open for a 45-day public comment period. EPA will consider feedback from a range of stakeholders before the proposal is finalized.

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