US EPA Cuts Target for Cellulosic Biofuel

WorldEnergyNews.com
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday slashed its target for 2013 use of cellulosic biofuel to less than a million gallons, after the industry failed to meet goals for production of the fuel last year.

The agency lowered the mandate to 810,185 gallons in a new rule, well below the 6 million gallons it had required in the plan it finalized last August.

Oil groups challenged the previous plan after one of the two companies slated to make cellulosic biofuel in 2013 dramatically reduced its production estimates after the final rule was issued. Cellulosic biofuel is made from grasses, trees and crop waste.

In January, the EPA agreed to reconsider the mandate, which would have required oil refiners to buy millions of dollars worth of credits if cellulosic fuels were not available to be blended into gasoline or diesel.

The agency's newest target will serve as the final rule for 2013 regarding cellulosic fuel, unless the agency receives "relevant" adverse comment.

When Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005 with the goal of reducing U.S. reliance on oil, it expected cellulosic fuels would make up a significant portion of its mandated use of 36 billion gallons of biofuel by 2022.

But development of the innovative fuel sources has lagged and refiners successfully argued in court that they should not be responsible for using fuel that was not commercially available.

Every year refiners have to prove they have used a certain amount of advanced biofuels or have bought credits representing use of the fuel by others in an open market. If they do neither they are subject to fines.

A U.S. federal court ruled in 2013 that the department could not inflate the target for cellulosic fuel use to help spur development of the fuel. Instead, the court said the agency should set its target based on realistic production assessments.

(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Maritime Reporter August 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

Grimaldi's Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Order Again for Wärtsilä

Finnlines, a leading Ro-Ro and passenger vessel operator with services in the North and Baltic Seas, has contracted Wärtsilä to supply three of its vessels

Dutch Green Ports to be Model for Turkey

Netherlands will be a model for Turkey’s ports within an environmentally-friendly Green Port implementation, says Daily News.   Port of Amsterdam and Dutch officials

MHI, SBG Invest in Wind Energy Startup Altaeros Energies

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. ("MHI") and the Suhail Bahwan Group ("SBG") have invested in Altaeros Energies, a Massachusetts-based technology company, to

Energy

Yamal LNG Arctic Project in Doldrums

The massive $27 billion Yamal LNG liquefied-natural-gas venture in the Arctic Circle, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s plan for Russia has been squeezed by U.

MHI, SBG Invest in Wind Energy Startup Altaeros Energies

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. ("MHI") and the Suhail Bahwan Group ("SBG") have invested in Altaeros Energies, a Massachusetts-based technology company, to

Transocean To Present At Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference

Transocean Ltd. today announced that Jeremy Thigpen, President and Chief Executive Officer, will address attendees at the Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference in New York.

Government Update

Oil Soars in Biggest One-day Rally in Years

Oil rocketed as much as 10 percent higher on Thursday, posting its biggest one-day rally since 2009 as recovering equity markets and news of diminished crude supplies

Great Lakes Shipyard to Build Guatemalan Harbor Tug

U.S. shipbuilding and repair yard Great Lakes Shipyard informs it has signed a contract to build another of its HandySize Class, 3,400 HP twin-screw tugboat for

US Rep. Crenshaw Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Ken Mahler,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Navigation Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.8766 sec (1 req/sec)