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Industry has mixed feelings on RFS volume standards for 2013

By Holly Jessen | January 31, 2013

U.S. EPA


Groups representing the U.S. ethanol and advanced biofuel industries responded swiftly to the 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumetric requirements released Jan. 31, pointing out both positives and negatives, while pledging to submit comments on the proposal.

Growth Energy said it was long overdue. “We are encouraged that it is a proposed rule with the opportunity for public comment,” said Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy. “There are a number of issues that should be considered, which could have serious impacts on the U.S. production of biofuels.”

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen called the 2013 volume requirements a catalyst that will compel oil companies to move past the blend wall necessitating the use of high-level ethanol blends, such as E15 and E85. “Injecting larger volumes of biofuels into the U.S. fuel supply and spurring a more rapid transition to domestically produced renewables is exactly what the RFS was intended to do,” he said. “The program is working as envisioned by Congress.”

EPA said its proposal to waive the cellulosic biofuel requirement from one billion gallons to 14 million gallons was consistent with a January court ruling that vacated the 2012 cellulosic biofuel volume requirements.  The same court ruling also rejected arguments aiming at repealing the RFS. Continue Reading...

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