The Obama administration is requiring more ethanol be blended into the country’s gasoline compared with a proposal earlier this year, but the increase falls short of the aggressive targets set by Congress nearly a decade ago.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that refiners will be required to blend 18.11 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2016, an increase from the agency’s 17.4 billion May proposal, but well below the 22.25 billion target set by Congress in 2007. The increase is largely reflective of rising gasoline consumption, tied to low pump prices.
Similar changes also were made by the EPA in advanced biofuels — cellulosic ethanol made from grasses, corn stalks, wood chips and other materials — with 3.61 billion gallons mandated for next year, an increase from the 3.4 billion previously proposed, and about half of what Congress intended.
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