Dec 4, 2013 - Sales of E85, the blend containing 85% ethanol and 15% petrol, in the US state of Iowa increased to over 3.61 million gallons (13.7 million litres) in July-September from 2.62 million gallons in the previous three months of the year.
The result, which is the second highest achieved so far, is almost two times higher than the 1.83 million gallons sold in the first quarter of this year, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) said Tuesday. Still, it projected that in the last three months of the year, E85 sales might decrease due to the government’s plans to reduce the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS was introduced by the Congress as part of its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the country’s reliance on foreign oil imports through promoting renewables
The state of Iowa has has 42 ethanol refineries with a combined capacity of some 3.8 billion gallons of ethanol annually. Three cellulosic ethanol facilities are currently under construction, IRFA said.
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