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Thanks in large part to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)---a legislative mandate for increased renewable fuels use that passed as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005---the corn ethanol industry is expanding at an unprecedented rate in the United States.


The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) passed as part of Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 2005 mandates that the U.S. produce 7.5 billion gallons of ethanol per year by 2012, but market conditions suggest that this level of production may be significantly exceeded by that year.


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