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What is EISA?

Signed on December 19, 2007 by President Bush, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) aims to:

  • move the United States toward greater energy independence and security;
  • increase the production of clean renewable fuels;
  • protect consumers;
  • increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles;
  • promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options;
  • improve the energy performance of the Federal Government; and
  • increase U.S. energy security, develop renewable fuel production, and improve vehicle fuel economy.

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What is RFS2

EISA has given US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an authority to set a renewable fuel volume standard (RFS) for different biofuel. Congress first established the RFS with the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This initial RFS (referred to as RFS1) mandated that a minimum of 4 billion gallons be used in 2006, rising to 7.5 billion gallons by 2012. Two years later, the EISA greatly expanded the biofuel mandate volumes and extended the date through 2022. The RFS2 required the annual 36 billions gallons of biofuel by 2022, with at least 16 billion gallons from cellulosic biofuels, and a cap of 15 billion gallons for corn-starch ethanol.