This September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its 2013 requirements for biodiesel production in the United States. The biodiesel industry will be responsible for producing 1.28 billion gallons next year – a significant increase from last year’s required 1.0 billion gallons – under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2).

“This action, which meets goals designated by Congress, is another step that strengthens America’s energy security by reducing dependence on foreign oil,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

Under updated RFS2 requirements, 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel will be produced in the United States this upcoming year. Credit: NAFTC.

RFS2 was established under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). EISA specifies a one billion gallon minimum volume requirement for the biomass-based diesel category for 2012 and beyond.

The law also calls on the EPA to increase biodiesel volume requirements after consideration of environmental, market, and energy-related factors. The EPA’s final decision was based on several years of analysis. In July 2010, former National Biodiesel Board chairman, Ed Hegland, appointed a board to analyze these factors. In July 2011, the group recommended the 1.28 billion gallon requirement to the National Biodiesel Board. The EPA reviewed stakeholder’s comments on the recommendation and made its final decision this September.

The mandate will be effective on November 26.

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