On May 5, the Environmental Protection Agency released its draft rule for increasing the supply of renewable fuels as mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Following the mandate of the EISA, the U.S. fuel supply must include, by 2022, 36 billion gallons of biofuels with reduced lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions. The breakdown of fuels would be 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuels, 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuels, 4 billion gallons of advanced biofuels and 1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel. The proposed rule also includes a lifecycle analysis of greenhouse gas emissions, a controversial feature that is believed to have delayed the proposed rule's issuance for months. There will be a 60-day comment period on the proposed rules once it is published in the Federal Register.

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