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Despite Lawsuits, EPA Investigation, Renewable Fuel Standard ‘Not Doomed’

In the latest efforts to repeal the US biofuel mandate, last week the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers both filed lawsuits challenging the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires refiners to blend corn-based ethanol with gasoline. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established … Read more »

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EPA Slashes Cellulosic Biofuels Mandate

The EPA has slashed the amount of cellulosic biofuels that refiners must blend into their gasoline and diesel, from its initial proposal for 14 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel to 6 million gallons in the final 2013 requirement. The rule, issued yesterday, sets percentage standards for four fuel categories that … Read more »

Biofuels Well Below US Targets, Government Says

Biofuels Well Below US Targets, Government Says

Cellulosic biofuels will likely remain well below targets set by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). That law set a target level of 500 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels for 2012 and 1 billion gallons for 2013, growing to 16 … Read more »

Defense Department ‘Should Continue’ LEED Certification

The US Department of Defense should continue to require that its new buildings or major renovations to facilities be designed to achieve a LEED-Silver or equivalent rating, according to a report from the National Research Council. Based on a review of empirical studies related to energy-efficiency and green building standards, Energy-Efficiency Standards and … Read more »