The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumetric requirements. For 2013, the EPA has waived the cellulosic requirement from the statutory level of 1 billion gallons to 6 million gallons, but retained the overall advanced biofuel and renewable fuel requirements. For 2013, the total RFS volumetric requirement is 16.55 billion gallons.
Commenting on the EPA announcement, Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), said, “First and foremost, by decreasing the cellulosic requirement by 99.4 percent to a very realistic, achievable number, the EPA has totally obliterated Big Oil’s myth that the RFS is inflexible and unworkable. As in years past, the finalized annual requirements are a testament to the inherent flexibility that is the backbone of the RFS.”
Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC), also released a statement in response to EPA’s publication of the 2013 RFS volumetric blending requirements.
“It is clear that U.S. EPA has done its homework when it comes to setting the 2013 standard. The commercial cellulosic biofuel facilities that U.S. EPA projected to start up in 2013 are indeed operating, and the adjusted targets reflect the number of actual gallons expected to be available through the end of the year. We agree with U.S. EPA that there will be sufficient quantities of advanced biofuels in the market to maintain the broader advanced biofuel standard,” Coleman said.