EPA Scales Back Increase in Ethanol Use

By Paul Riegler on 1 December 2015
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to require gasoline refiners to blend more ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply but the increase will be far lower than the target set by Congress in 2007.

In 2016, refiners will be required to blend 18.11 billion gallons of renewable fuels, an increase from the agency’s 17.4 billion that it proposed in May of this year but well below the target of 22.25 billion originally envisioned by Congress.

Advanced biofuels will also see a modest increase, rising to 3.61 billion from the 3.4 billion previously proposed, amounting to roughly half of what Congress originally required.

Congress first created the so-called renewable fuel standard, which mandates the expanded use of blended fuels, with an eye towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It was expanded as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

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