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Friday, May 17

Renewable Fuel Standard and Future of Biofuels

Dev Shrestha, University of Idaho, Moscow
Center Bioenergy Sustainability Seminar
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM, National Transportation Research Center, Room C04
Contact: Mike Kass (, 865.946.1241


Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 has determined that 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel will be blended with US petroleum fuel by 2022. Following the rule, EPA has established a mandated volume for different categories of biofuel to be blended each year. The category of biofuel is determined based on the results of environmental life cycle analysis of the fuel. However, the environmental life cycle analysis of a biofuel is not an easy method and has created a big controversy. We will discuss some difficulties and pitfalls in environmental analysis and how it can impact future of biofuels. We will also discuss how the life cycle analysis can play a role is success of biofuel and economic incentives a biofuel will receive. Finally, we will look into current technologies for a realistic picture to see if US will be able to keep its promise of RFS mandate.