The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed slight increases to the amount of ethanol and biofuels that fuel producers must add to gasoline and diesel in 2017.
Fuel producers would need to blend 18.8 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2017, an increase from the 18.11 billion gallons required in 2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard passed in 2005 and expanded in 2007. The 2017 proposal is still well short of the legislation's goal of 36 billion gallons in 2022.
"These increases would boost production and provide for ambitious yet achievable growth," according to the EPA.
The proposed 2017 blend percentages sould come in at 10.44% for renewable fuel, 2.22% for advanced biofuel, 1.67% for biomass-based diesel, and 0.173% for cellulosic biofuel.
The EPA has also proposed a target for advanced biofuels of 4 billion, biomass-based diesel of 2 billion, and cellulosic biofuel of 312 million gallons. The EPA set the 2018 requirement for biomass-based diesel at 2.1 billion gallons.
Read more from the EPA website here.