On Thursday (Jan. 31), the EPA released 2013 targets for fuel blends under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

The agency raised the mandated amount of cellulosic biofuels to 14 million gallons. In 2012, the target was 8.65 million gallons. Production is expected to hit 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022.

Biofuel backers say the increased target is achievable due to new production capabilities.

"We want to thank the EPA and the entire Obama administration for standing strong behind these important standards for advanced biofuels," said Anne Steckel, the National Biodiesel Board’s vice president of federal affairs. "The U.S. biodiesel industry is poised and ready to help meet these requirements, and that will mean reduced greenhouse gas emissions, a better economy and more domestic fuel choices for consumers."

"With plants across the country and more than a billion gallons of production last year, the U.S. biodiesel industry is already the leading producer of advanced biofuels in the country, accounting for more than 80 percent of required production to date," Steckel added. "The industry is adding new feedstocks and building capacity every year, and this policy will only help us continue that growth.”