An appeals court today made the decision to throw out the 2012 mandate for usage of cellulosic biofuels set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
An appeals court today made the decision to throw out the 2012 mandate for usage of cellulosic biofuels set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The American Petroleum Institute filed the suit against the usage requirement saying the mandate was unrealistic. EPA projected that 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels would be produced in 2012, even though that volume of fuel is not yet commercially available. National Sorghum Producers filed a petition with the EPA in August 2012 to develop a pathway for biomass sorghum to be used to make cellulosic ethanol and is optimistic for the potential role this sorghum feedstock can play once it is approved by EPA. Meanwhile, the separate mandate for advanced biofuels was upheld in the court’s decision, which bodes well for the production of advanced biofuels from grain sorghum. Its pathway was published in December by EPA.