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Can the US Still Meet Its 2022 Biofuels Targets?

Can the US Still Meet Its 2022 Biofuels Targets?

EIA went on to state: “Looking forward, important challenges remain for cellulosic biofuel production. Total production costs for many of these first-of-a-kind projects remain higher than the cost of petroleum-based fuels on both a volumetric and energy-content basis. Cellulosic ethanol also faces the same market and regulatory challenges to increasing its share of the fuel market that is faced by other types of ethanol.” At the same time, the EIA map detailed the growth of the cellulosic biofuels sector from 20,000 of production in 2012, to 5 million gallons in 2013 and an expected 250 million gallons in nameplate capacity by 2015. These numbers, while reflecting impressive growth rates, are going to be well short of the original RFS2 targets set back in 2007, which aimed for 1 billion gallons of (ethanol equivalent) capacity by 2013. Which raises the question — is there ...

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