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2014 RFS proposals

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

On 15th November of this year, the EPA released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the 2014 RFS. The program was established as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and was later expanded by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA07). It requires the EPA to set annual requirements for the renewable content of liquid fuels that may differ from a set of targets specified by US law. The US EIA is required by the RFS previsions in EISA07 to provide the EPA with all information related to the projected use of motor gasoline and diesel and supply of various categories of biofuels in the month prior to issuance of the EPA’s final RFS rulemaking for the year’s program.

The EPA has set requirements for cellulosic biofuels well below the legislated volume targets for such fuels in previous years. The proposed rule for 2014 will be the first time that the agency is seeking to set the total renewable fuel and advanced biofuel requirements below the legislated targets.

RFS summary from the EPA

‘Today EPA is proposing a cellulosic biofuel volume for 2014 that is below the applicable volume specified in the Act.’

‘Statute provides EPA the discretion to adjust the volumes of advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel under certain conditions.’

‘Relying on its Clean Air Act waiver authorities, EPA is proposing to adjust the applicable volumes of advanced biofuels and total renewable fuel to address projected availability of qualifying renewable fuels and limitations in the volume of ethanol that can be consumed in gasoline given practical constraints to the supply of higher ethanol blends to the vehicles that can use them and other limits on ethanol blend levels in gasoline.’

Who is impacted by the RFS?

Entities potentially affected by this proposed rule are those involved with the production, distribution, and sale of transportation fuels, including gasoline and diesel fuel or renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. 

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd.

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