The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised the 2013 cellulosic biofuel requirements for obligated parties (e.g., refiners) under the Renewable Fuel Standard 2 program down to 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons, or a 0.0005% ratio of the renewable fuel volume to the non-renewable gasoline and diesel volume used in 2013.
In August 2013, EPA had specified 6.0 million gallons as the cellulosic biofuel requirement for 2013. The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers petitioned for reconsideration of that standard based on the very low actual production of such fuels. EPA granted the petition in January 2014, noting that one of two companies it had expected to produce cellulosic biofuel in 2013 had reduced its production (KiOR).
The new amount is based on actual cellulosic biofuel production in 2013. EPA calculated the volume of cellulosic biofuel to be used in 2013 by reference to the actual number of cellulosic biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) generated and reported through EPA’s Monitored Transaction System (EMTS) in 2013. (Earlier post.)
EPA has proposed a 2014 cellulosic biofuel volume of 17 million gallons, with a range of 8-30 million gallons, for a 0.010% percentage standard.