New article on biofuels for transportation energy

A new article discussing the “Implications of U.S. biofuels policy for sustainable transportation energy in Maine and the Northeast” is published in the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews by authors Binod Neupane of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  and Jonathan Rubin of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

Drop-in biofuels that are compatible with the existing vehicle and retail infrastructure continue to receive great attention due to their promise in addressing climate change and energy security concerns stemming from use of petroleum-based fuels. This paper discusses current drop-in biofuel production technologies and assesses relevant biofuel policies in the U.S., particularly those impacting forest biomass in Maine and the Northeast. In this context, authors examine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) policy and its definition of biomass which favors biomass from plantations regardless of actual ecological impacts on biodiversity, soil and water quality. They argue that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should consider revising the definition of biomass eligible for renewable fuel credits to include sustainably managed natural forests.