A cellulosic landmark

Production has begun at rates deemed commercial by two US makers of cellulosic biofuel. Mute the trumpets, though. Volumes still won't be great enough to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard requirement for the material, which is a fraction of what Congress envisioned for this year when it passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. If anything, the start-ups show how flawed the RFS truly is—and how greatly it needs to be scrapped. INEOS Bio on July 31 said it had begun producing cellulosic ethanol at commercial scale at a plant in Vero Beach, Fla., and would make its first shipment in August. The plant can produce 8 million gal/year of etha...

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