Shutdown Could Delay 2014 Renewable-Fuel Standard

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 22: A biodiesel pump is seen at Dogpatch Biofuels on March 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. According to a report by San Francisco based nonprofit group Next 10, California continues to be the nation's leader in venture capital funding for green technology, green tech patents and the growth in clean power generation, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions despite a growth in population.
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Clare Foran
Oct. 3, 2013, 10:46 a.m.

As the gov­ern­ment shut­down drags on, the re­lease of the 2014 tar­gets for the re­new­able-fuel stand­ard could be delayed, E&E re­ports (sub­scrip­tion re­quired).

Un­der the man­date, which re­quires re­finers to blend bio­fuels with gas­ol­ine, the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency must de­term­ine the amount of re­new­able fuels to be mixed with gas­ol­ine blends in 2014 by the end of Novem­ber. However, now that all non­es­sen­tial gov­ern­ment activ­ity has been hal­ted, this date may be pushed back.

“With the gov­ern­ment shut­down, we’re not sure any­more. We’re hop­ing to see something in Oc­to­ber,” Bob Greco, dir­ect­or of down­stream activ­it­ies for the Amer­ic­an Pet­ro­leum In­sti­tute, the largest oil and gas trade as­so­ci­ation in the U.S., told E&E. “The longer the gov­ern­ment shut­down goes on, the longer this is go­ing to get delayed, un­for­tu­nately.”


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