A proposal now being considered in Washington which would decrease the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply has once again heated debates about ethanol across the nation and here in our area too.
The Renewable Fuel Standard was created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
In 2007, the standard was expanded so the volume of renewable fuel required to be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply would increase from nine billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons by 2022.
Recently, it was announced that the EPA has proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel/gas supply by more than two billion gallons for 2014.
A public comment period is currently being held prior to any decision on the reduction.