The Renewable Fuel Standard: Overview, Issues, Future Considerations


Lydia Rider (Editor)

Series: Renewable Energy: Research, Development and Policies
BISAC: TEC031010

Federal policy has played a key role in the emergence of the U.S. biofuels industry. Policy measures have included minimum renewable fuel usage requirements, blending and production tax credits, an import tariff, loans and loan guarantees, and research grants. One of the more prominent forms of federal policy support is the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), whereby a minimum volume of biofuels is to be used in the national transportation fuel supply each year.

This book describes the general nature of the RFS mandate and its implementation, and outlines some emerging issues related to the continued growth of U.S. biofuel production needed to fulfill the expanding RFS mandate, the potential inability of the domestic market to absorb ethanol above a 10% share of domestic gasoline fuels (a problem known as the “blend wall”), and the emergence of potential unintended consequences of this rapid expansion. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Overview and Issues (pp. 1-48)
Randy Schnepf and Brent D. Yacobucci

Chapter 2 – Waiver Authority under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) (pp. 49-62)
Brent D. Yacobucci

Chapter 3 – Analysis of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) (pp. 63-84)
Brent D. Yacobucci

Chapter 4 – Meeting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Mandate for Cellulosic Biofuels: Questions and Answers (pp. 85-112)
Kelsi Bracmort

Chapter 5 – The Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond (pp. 113-174)
Terry Dinan, Ron Gecan and David Austin


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