U.S. Seen Sticking to 'Blend Wall' in Long-awaited Biofuels Mandate
Downstream Today (Reuters)
U.S. authorities are set to shake up the nation's complex and contentious renewable fuels policy in the coming days, issuing requirements expected to affirm that use of ethanol in motor fuels has, for now, hit a saturation point.
The EPA has pledged by June 1 to release proposals for the amount of ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic fuels - made of plant waste - that must be mixed into motor fuel for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, targets that are up to a year and a half behind schedule.
At stake, say lobbyists and industry groups, is the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a bedrock of two presidential administrations meant to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and shift the nation toward cleaner, domestic energy sources.
For the corn lobby, which represents corn-based e
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