The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to boost usage of
renewable fuels among Americans.
Starting in 2006, the overall pool of fuel in the
consist of at least 2.78 percent renewable fuels produced domestically,
including ethanol and biodiesel.
The requirement is part of a new standard set forth by the EPA as part
of its Renewable Fuels Standard Program, which was authorized by the Energy
Policy Act of 2005.
Eventually, the program plans to double the current use of fuels
produced from American crops by 2012.
John Millet, a spokesman for the EPA, told “Land Line Now” that means
going from current levels of about 4 billion gallons of renewable fuels per
year to 8 billion gallons by 2012.
Millet said the industry is already poised to meet the 2006 requirement
because the requirement was based on production levels that are currently
“We expect the industry will be able to go beyond the standard in the
first year,” he said.
Millet said he expects refiners and producers will be able to meet
future requirements with little trouble as well.
“We don’t see any indicators that we will have the need to enforce a
lot,” he said.
Millet said this is the first standard of its kind and the EPA expects
it to go a long way toward increasing the use of domestically produced
renewable fuel sources.
“It gives certainty to the (refiners) that if they expand production,
then that production will find a market,” he said.