The very program that made biofuels commonplace in the US transportation fuel supply has ethanol producers looking abroad.
Years of delays in the nearly decade-old Renewable Fuel Standard — which mandates minimum volumes of ethanol, biodiesel and advanced biofuels that industry must produce — have undermined confidence in the program. The US Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the program, failed to produce blending requirements for 2014, missed a November deadline for 2015 mandates, and is now saying it will catch up on 2014, 2015 and 2016 deadlines by June. The EPA’s track record is so bad that Chris Grundler, director of the EPA office of transportation and air quality, offered a frank apology last week to the Renewable Fuel Association’s National Ethanol Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Continue reading