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EPA Proposes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards

Posted on July 13, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed 2011 percentage standards for the four fuels categories under the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program, known as RFS2.

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, 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 proposed 2011 overall volumes and standards are: - Biomass-based diesel (0.80 billion gallons; 0.68%). - Advanced biofuels (1.35 billion gallons; 0.77%). - Cellulosic biofuels (5 to 17.1 million gallons; 0.004 to 0.015%). - Total renewable fuels (13.95 billion gallons; 7.95%).

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