The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that was established by Congress in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The rule requires the blending of 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the U.S. fuel supply in 2013. Specifically, the standard requires:
- 1.28 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel,
- 2.75 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, and
- 6 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels
The finalized standards are significantly lower than first recommended six months ago. In fact, the new target for cellulosic biofuel is less than half of what was first proposed. See the Energy Information Administration’s graph outlining the target volume standards more specifically.