- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The proposed 2011 overall volumes and standards are:
- Biomass-based diesel (0.80 billion gallons; 0.68 percent)
- Advanced biofuels (1.35 billion gallons; 0.77 percent)
- Cellulosic biofuels (5 – 17.1 million gallons; 0.004 – 0.015 percent)
- Total renewable fuels (13.95 billion gallons; 7.95 percent)
The EPA also proposed changes to the RFS2 regulations that would potentially apply to renewable fuel producers who use canola oil, grain sorghum, pulpwood, or palm oil as a feedstock. This program rule would allow the fuel produced by those feedstocks dating back to July 1, 2010 be used for compliance should the EPA determine in a future rulemaking that such fuels meet certain greenhouse gas reduction thresholds.
The second change would set criteria for foreign feedstocks to be treated like domestic feedstocks in terms of the documentation needed to prove that they can be used to make qualifying renewable fuel under the RFS2 program.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established the annual renewable fuel volume targets, reaching an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, the EPA calculates a percentage-based standard for the following year. Based on the standard, each refiner, importer and non-oxygenate blender of gasoline determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is used in its transportation fuel.
The agency is seeking public comment on the renewable fuel standards and the proposed changes to the RFS2 regulations, which are due Friday, Aug. 13, 2010.
More information on the standards and regulations is available at www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/regulations.htm
More information on renewable fuels is available at www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/index.htm
Read the Federal Register notice from July 15 at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-17281.htm.