Ontario to Expand to E15 by 2025

Source: By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer • Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Province of Ontario in Canada plans to look to expanding ethanol blends as part of an overall environment plan.

Most notably, Ontario’s newly released plan includes expanding ethanol blends in the province to E15 as early as 2025.

The move would be part of an overall plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

According to the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, Ontario leads Canada in gasoline consumption.

In addition, Ontario phased in a “Greener Diesel Regulation” from 2014 to 2017. That requires a minimum renewable content in diesel to have a minimum percent reduction in lifecycle GHG intensity compared to standard petroleum diesel. Starting in 2017, diesel fuel in Ontario was required to have 4% minimum renewable content that has at least a 70% reduction in lifecycle GHG intensity compared to petroleum.In the United States, the EPA is on track to release a proposal in February to allow year-round E15 sales.Following the Ontario announcement this week, Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, and the Renewable Fuels Association issued a joint statement.

“As one of the largest markets for ethanol, this is a huge milestone for Canada and the people of Ontario,” the groups said. “Ontario recognizes the important environmental, economic, and health benefits that ethanol provides and we look forward to seeing this plan become a reality by 2025.”

Read Ontario’s environment plan here: https://prod-environmental-registry.s3.amazonaws.com/…