Ag groups praise introduction of long-awaited Next Generation Fuels Act
The long-awaited Next Generation Fuels act was introduced to the US House Thursday by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois.
The bill establishes a minimum octane standard for gasoline and requires sources of the added octane value to reduce carbon emissions by at least 30% compared to baseline gasoline.
Many ag and environmental groups support the bill as a roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect human health and increase engine efficiency while also encouraging the use of biofuels and lower prices at the pump.
Renewable Fuels Association President Geoff Cooper calls the bill “landmark legislation” that begins an exciting new era for transportation fuels policy, adding that RFA looks forward to making the “bold vision” a reality. RFA began advocating for the creation of this bill in 2018.
National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross says the Next Generation Fuels Act “builds on the success of the Renewable Fuels Standard by advancing the industry’s commitment to providing the lowest cost, most efficient and environmentally friendly fuel.” Chairman Lynn Crisp says it is a big accomplishment for corn farmers to see their vision reflected in this legislation.
Bill Leigh, a farmer and Corn Growers Association President in Bustos’ home state of Illinois says the Next Generation Fuels Act is “the biggest proposed energy policy change since the 2005 Renewable Fuel Standard”. By establishing a new 98 Research Octane Number (RON) the bill supports mid-level blends like E25 and E30 which would generate new corn and ethanol demand.
National Farmers Union President Rob Larew also welcomed the legislation thanking Bustos for recognizing the potential of ethanol. Citing the many benefits of the bill, Larew touches on combatting climate change and creating new markets for family farmers.