On Friday the Environmental Protection Agency published a Federal Register notice for a 60-day public comment period on its 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard requirements. EPA’s proposal would for the first time scale back requirements for the total amount of biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply.
The proposal lowers the mandate to 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels. Of the 15.2 billion gallons, 13.01 billion gallons is to come from conventional ethanol and 2.2 billion gallons from advanced biofuels. The RFS as passed by Congress in the Energy Independence and Security Act calls for 18.15 billion gallons of renewable fuels next year, with 14.4 billion gallons to be conventional ethanol and 3.75 billion gallons advanced biofuels.
Comments must be submitted to EPA on or before Jan. 28. AFBF will be submitting comments that will be shared with state Farm Bureaus.