DELAWARE, Ohio — The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) welcomed recent news of Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) introducing the Next Generation Fuels Act, which will build upon the time tested, highly successful Renewable Fuels Standard. Ohio’s Corn farmers called on the state’s congressional delegation to support this landmark legislation.
The Next Generation Fuels Act establishes a new 98 Research Octane Number (RON) standard for gasoline and requires that sources of additional octane result in at least 30 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than unblended gasoline. Further, it will ensure the progress already made to lower emissions through cleaner renewable fuels continues. Through advanced engine design features that take advantage of this new fuel, automakers will be able to increase engine performance and significantly improve vehicle fuel efficiency.
“Ohio corn farmers have been growing a sustainable crop that is used to make high-octane low-carbon ethanol for years. Ohioans know that ethanol is cleaner-burning and adds needed octane to help their vehicles operate more efficiently,” said Patty Mann, President of the OCWGA. “Ohio corn farmers are committed to providing the highest quality, most cost-effective and environmentally beneficial fuel.”
Ohio is home to seven ethanol production facilities and can produce more than 676 million gallons of ethanol per year using 233 million bushels of Ohio corn. A less expensive, domestic fuel, ethanol provides a ready made solution to protect Ohio’s consumers from the volatility of foreign oil markets while also providing cleaner air for our residents.
“This Bill sets forth a pathway to greater ethanol use to further reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously boosting octane in fuel that auto manufacturers are seeking to meet fuel efficiency standards. The OCWGA will be working hard to make sure our Congressional leaders understand how this bill will benefit the environment and will provide a better fuel that is more cost-effective for Ohio consumers,” said Tadd Nicholson, OCWGA Executive Director.
— Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association
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