EPA increases renewable fuels standard, giving boost to Nebraska, Iowa ethanol industries - Omaha World Herald

Article by Russell Hubbard - December 1, 2015 

The Nebraska and Iowa corn ethanol industries — the nation’s largest — received a small boost Monday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised the amount of renewables that must be part of the nation’s motor-fuel supply.

The EPA’s final rule for 2016 requires 18.1 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be used in powering motor vehicles; the agency has no separate requirement for corn-based ethanol as part of its Renewable Fuel Standard. But in practice, corn-based ethanol destined to be blended with clear gas accounts for 90 percent of biofuel production. Gasoline with 10 percent ethanol added — E10 — is available at almost every filling station.

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