The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed a nearly 9 percent increase in biofuels use this year under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, launching an annual debate over the use of ethanol and other alternative fuels in cars and trucks.
The announcement of proposed targets by EPA opens a 45-day comment period. EPA also proposed changes to address fraud in the Renewable Identification Numbers system used by the biofuels industry and fuels marketers to show compliance with the RFS.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed a nearly 9 percent increase in the use of biofuels this year under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.
The agency set an overall total of 16.55 billion gallons to be used in transportation, compared to 15.2 billion gallons last year. The 2013 target includes increases in the use of advanced biofuels, biomass-based diesel and cellulosic biofuels.
A federal court on Friday granted a partial victory to opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard by rejecting the Obama administration's 2012 cellulosic biofuels estimate.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency overestimated 2012 cellulosic biofuels output, sending the calculation back to the agency. It was unclear, however, how the order would affect refiners who must pay credits to the government based on the estimate, and how it would change EPA's estimate for 2013.
British researchers have found a gene in willows that causes trees that grow diagonally to produce up to five times as much biofuel as upward-growing trees. Such biofuel is used in the U.K. to power vehicles and provide heating, R&D reports.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell told the Interior Department his administration is willing to invest up to $50 million in an assessment of oil reserves of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomberg reports.