EPA Sets 2013 RFS Requirements

By Staff | September 23, 2013

The U.S. EPA has finalized the 2013 volume requirements for the renewable fuel standard (RFS), requiring 16.55 billion gallons of biofuels to be blended in the U.S. fuel supply. Under the RFS, biofuels will comprise 9.74 percent of U.S. transportation fuel this year. The agency has also extended the compliance deadline by four months to provide greater lead time and flexibility to obligated parties. The new deadline is June 30, 2014. 

The standard for biomass-based diesel is set at 1.28 billion gallons, or 1.13 percent of the fuel pool. The requirement for advanced biofuels is 2.75 billion gallons of ethanol equivalent, accounting for 1.62 percent of U.S. transportation fuel. The cellulosic standard is 6 million gallons of ethanol equivalent, or 0.004 percent of the U.S. transportation fuel pool. The remaining 12.514 billion gallons of ethanol equivalent can be met by the renewable fuel category of biofuels. 

In its final rulemaking, the EPA also indicated that it would use flexibilities in the RFS statute to reduce both the advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes in the forthcoming 2014 volume proposal due to the expected E10 blend wall.