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The RFS Has Rules, But EPA Might Not Be Enforcing Them

A study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that millions of acres of crops might be contributing to the country's ethanol supply, while being in violation of the rules under the Renewable Fuels Standard.

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For 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again upping the level for how much renewable fuel the U.S. should use in the Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program (aka RFS2). The EPA's proposed targets are:

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Back in July of 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced what it thinks the 2011 amounts and percentages should be for four fuel categories under the agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program (aka RFS2):

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The government of Canada has finalized regulations that will require an average renewable fuel content of five percent in gasoline – two percent in diesel fuel and heating oil – starting December 15th, 2010. The regulations are but one minor step in Canada's far-reaching Renewable Fuels Strategy. Once fully implemented, Canada's renewable fuel content requirements will, as the government states, "reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to four megatonnes in 2012 – about the equiv

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The U.S. Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS2) becomes effective Thursday, July 1 and it describes a whole lot of changes for the biofuels industry in the U.S in the coming decade or so. To prepare for the changes and to figure out just what's even possible, the USDA issued a "Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022" last week. One thing that's not changing – not yet, anyway - is the dominating role of ethanol made from corn in the U.S.

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The U.S. biofuel industry gets a potential boost and some new rules from the federal government this week.

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Baring a major breakthrough in cellulosic ethanol technology, the US Energy Information Administration doesn't think there's any way that the United States will meet its self-imposed Renewable Fuels Standard. The mandate in its current form would require that 36 billion gallons of ethanol be blended into conventional petroleum-based gasoline in America by 2022. Current estimates indicate that we'll reach about 30 billion gallons, about 17-percent short of the stated goal.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry had requested that the EPA revise its Renewable Fuels Standard requirement to lessen the amount of ethanol for use in automobiles. Between September 1 of this year till August 31 of 2009, the EPA has mandated that 9 billion gallons of ethanol be blended into gasoline, a number which Perry wanted to see cut in half. In the United States, the vast majority of the available ethanol is produced from corn, a process which has drawn more than its fair share of criticism from

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