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EPA Proposes to Cut Renewable Fuel Requirements

November 18, 2013

By Oliver Patton

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The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to cut the volume of renewable fuels next year.

The agency is required to set annual standards for cellulosic, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewables. It gave two reasons why it needs to reduce the percentage of these fuels next year.

First, although production of renewables has been increasing, overall gasoline fuel consumption is less than Congress expected when it established the program. Second, there are limits to how much ethanol can readily be blended into gasoline.

In its proposal, the agency proposes cutting renewable fuel from the original level of 18.15 billion gallons to 15.21 billion gallons. Cellulosic biofuel would go from 1.75 billion to 17 million gallons. Advanced biofuel, of which biodiesel is a subset, would go from 3.75 billion to 2.2 billion gallons.

“These adjustments are intended to put the program on a manageable trajectory while supporting growth in renewable fuels over time,” EPA said in its proposal.

But biodiesel interests sounded an alarm about the proposal.

The National Biodiesel Board, which represents biodiesel manufacturers and users, warned that the cutback will cost jobs and lead to plant closures.

“This proposal, if it becomes final, would create a shrinking market, eliminate thousands of jobs and likely cause biodiesel plants to close across the country,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs for the Board.

The proposed cut means the effective market in 2014 will be closer to 1 billion gallons than to 1.28 billion, because of a carryover from 2013 inventory, the Board said.

“Our industry has been running recently at 170 million gallons a month, an annualized rate of 2 billion gallons,” Steckel said. “This proposal could nearly cut that in half.”

EPA will be accepting comments on its proposal for the next two months, and says it is open to alternatives.

Comments

  1. 1. Tim [ November 19, 2013 @ 09:11AM ]

    Yes we all agree, we need remove more and more of this garbage fuel from our fleet. This cause better fuel economy in overall usage and will create less waste caused by production of all this sub, bio and alternative fuels.
    If you wanna be green then why not do it like most countries in Europe do it, LP GAS, smaller displacement engines with more advanced turbos and best off all to save pollution is to reduce consumption by reducing energy need
    Example 1
    Reduce speed limits to national Standart of let's say 60 mph that way we will not need 500+ hp engines to keep up on highways due to being underpowered because of gearing.
    Look at Europe standard routes of travel speed 110kph, you don't see their truck specs with 3.36,3.42 not even 3.55 and yet they all strive for economy because their profit margins are even less then in US so they try to save all they can when they by what ever means they can.
    Where is in US when we drive 63mph fleet truck (7.5+ mpg guranteed) in states that are allowing 75mph, drivers feel underpowered because all the other GoGreen drivers that pass them doing more then 80mph with 3.08 or 3.28 gears 11r24.5 tires and 600+hp motors at the cost 4.5mpg average (think about all of the unnesesory garbage these trucks produce while burning tons of extra fuel monthly, and complaining about rise of fuel cost).

    Ironic, but we are fighting for reduced emissions and pollution reduction with our left hand where is our right hand demands power speed energy in reserves and we allow it to have it all and even more.

    My 2 cents on this toppik.

 

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