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Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced new biofuel rules for a Renewable Fuels Standard (aka RFS2) and there's a lot for ethanol producers to love in there.

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

GM has long been a proponent of using high-level ethanol blend, E85, in motor vehicles. But, with all of the talk of putting E15 or E20 (gasoline with 15 or 20 percent ethanol blended in) into the national supply - see these earlier posts about the EPA, the Minnesota Ag Department, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Underwriters Laboratories on the topic - GM's Biofuels Implementation Manager, Coleman Jones, has found "Seven Reasons Why Testing Mid-level Ethanol Blends Matters." The short ve

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.

China is already the third largest producer of ethanol in the world behind Brazil and the US. However, General Motors wants to make the industry sustainable just as it is trying to do here in the U.S. with its investments in Coskata and Mascoma. To that end, the company held a workshop on sustainable non-food biofuels for media in Beijing China this week. GM is working with the China Automotive Energy Research Center to support the development of sustainable biofuels policies in China.

The British Government is quite concerned about the social and environmental impacts of biofuels. The Minister of Transport, Andrew Adonis, has announced plans to not be in quite such a hurry regarding the implementation of biofuels. The UK's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), the mandatory amount of biofuels sold at the pump, had been expected to reach five percent in 2010-11. Instead, this limit is now set back to 2013-14 - still aiming for the European target of 10 percent by 2020. T

As you might remember, the EU wants all state members to use 10 percent of biofuels by 2020 at pumps. The way this policy gets implemented is left up to the will of each country, either by mandatory blends or sales quotas. Such is the case of Spain, which has just started to make biofuel blends/quotas a real thing. The idea is that Spanish gas stations should supply 1.9 percent biofuels at pumps, either directly blended in fuels or at separate pumps, by 2008. The amounts become mandatory for 200

An internal draft from the European Commission states that the EU plans for a mandatory 10 percent blend of biofuels in 2020 is going to cost Europeans quite a lot of money: 65 billion euros (about $95 billion). The draft estimates costs from 2007 to 2020 and was made by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

The EU's Direct Payments Management Committee has listened to the European Commission and is cutting subsidies for biofuel crops. These subsidies were created to support these crops as long as they didn't reach 2 million Ha. This figure will be exceeded before the year is out.