[NEWS] Biofuels Want Level Playing Field

– by Progressive Farmer, September 8, 2016, DTIC


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With all of the political fights about the role ethanol and other biofuels have in the transportation sector, there is common ground for the ethanol, oil and automobile industries that could bode well for the long-term health of the agriculture economy.

A lower-carbon, cleaner-air future may hinge on bringing more ethanol into the fuel supply as an octane enhancer.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes a lower-carbon future may not happen without corn ethanol and other biofuels to meet the octane demands of higher-compression engines.

For farmers, bringing high-octane fuels from E25 to E40 could create more markets for corn and a wide variety of feedstocks, including those used for producing cellulosic ethanol.

It may be music to the ears of rural America where lower commodity prices have led to higher uncertainty in 2016.

“Without question, that is the key to this whole thing,” said Doug Durante, director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition based in Washington, D.C.


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