Next Generation Fuels Act Paves Way for Future of Renewable Fuels

September 24, 2020

Next Generation Fuels Act Paves Way for Future of Renewable Fuels

Sep 24, 2020

Key Issues:EthanolHigh-Octane Low-Carbon

Author: Liz Friedlander

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today welcomed the introduction of The Next Generation Fuels Act, legislation to transition to a higher octane fuel in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet future needs of more advanced vehicles. Corn growers support a low carbon octane standard as a means toward boosting long term corn demand for clean, affordable ethanol.


The Next Generation Fuels Act, introduced by Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., recognizes the high octane, low carbon benefits of corn ethanol.


Establishing a new 98 Research Octane Number (RON) standard for gasoline and requiring that sources of additional octane result in at least 30 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than unblended gasoline, 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.


“Ethanol is uniquely positioned to not only provide consumers with low-cost options at the pump but also pave the way to future engines that increase efficiency and reduce emissions,” said NCGA President Kevin Ross. “The Renewable Fuel Standard was a game-changer for corn farmers, and the Next Generation Fuels Act builds on that success in advancing our commitment to providing the lowest cost, most efficient, and environmentally friendly fuel available.”


Due to its high octane rating and other properties, ethanol is an efficient octane source. It is also the most cost-effective octane source, providing the greatest efficiency gains at the least cost to drivers while displacing the most harmful components of gasoline. A new 98 RON would support mid-level blends like E25 and E30, which would generate new corn grind.


“Corn farmers have a vested interest in the future of transportation fuels, which is why NCGA began laying the groundwork for this policy several years ago. It’s a real accomplishment for corn growers to see our vision reflected in the Next Generation Fuels Act,” said NCGA Chairman Lynn Chrisp.


Low carbon, high octane fuel such as a 98 RON supports vehicle efficiency gains of at least five percent and reduces GHG emissions from the transportation sector. Blending more low carbon ethanol further decreases GHG emissions and improves air quality by replacing hydrocarbon aromatics.


“Congresswoman Bustos has been a real champion for agriculture and the benefits of low carbon ethanol. NCGA is thankful for her leadership to advance renewable fuels by introducing this legislation, and we look forward to working with her to build support for policies that take greater advantage of ethanol’s benefits,” Ross said.


More information on the benefits of high octane fuels and NCGA’s support for a low carbon octane standard can be found at