Wednesday, February 20, 2008

EPA Raises Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)

Environmental Protection Agency EPA Renewable Fuels Standard RFS corn ethanol food vs fuelThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is raising the 2008 renewable fuels standard (RFS), which determines how much non-petroleum fuel will power vehicles, to 7.76 percent.

The change is in response to the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), which President Bush signed in December.

Last November, EPA announced a RFS of 4.66 percent, based on previous law, that mandated at least 5.4 billion gallons of renewable fuels be blended into the nation's transportation fuels this year.

However, EPA is now increasing the standard to 7.76 percent to comply with the new minimum of 9.0 billion gallons of renewable fuel that EISA requires.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

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