Renewable fuels groups push for biofuel blending infrastructure

Source: By Agri-Pulse • Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021

As an infrastructure bill moves through Congress, biofuels groups are pointing to increasing E15 sales as proof more funding is needed for programs like USDA’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. Gasoline blending with 15% ethanol set a new record in Iowa last year despite overall fuel consumption dropping due to the pandemic, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. “These trends prove that consumers are actively seeking out lower-carbon, lower-cost fuels at the pump and that the expansion of retail infrastructure facilitated by USDA’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) is working,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. Consumer use in the Hawkeye state last year increased 24%, according to Iowa Department of Revenue data released last week. Data suggests Iowa retailers sold 60.59 million gallons of E15 in 2020, which is up from 48.96 million in 2019 and twice the volume of 2017 sales.