Industry Supports Reconsidering Cellulosic Target

Cindy Zimmerman

A coalition of biofuel producer organizations the reconsideration of the 2011 cellulosic obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

In January 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the 2012 Renewable Fuel Standard obligation for cellulosic biofuels. EPA has implemented the Court’s order and is now voluntarily reconsidering the 2011 obligation for cellulosic biofuels, which is the subject of a separate lawsuit before the Court.

In a joint statement, organizations that make up the Biofuel Producers Coordinating Council, noted that the “RFS was established to open the U.S. transportation fuel market to renewable fuels, and it ensures that the market remains open as cellulosic biofuel production starts up. The program has worked. Advanced biofuel companies across the United States have invested in technology development and construction of first-of-a-kind commercial scale refineries for cellulosic and other advanced biofuels. EPA’s implementation of the Court order does not impact the industry’s progress in developing technologies that reduce dependence on foreign oil and contribute to a cleaner environment.

The industry remains focused on starting up production this year and increasing it in years to come. We look forward to working with EPA to establish 2013 targets that are consistent with expected production volumes this year from the facilities that have already been built.”

Intervenors in the case included the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA), Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC), American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Growth Energy, and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

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