Breaching the ethanol 'blend wall' proving tough!
EPA also proposed the biodiesel mandate hold steady in 2014 and 2015 at 1.280 billion gallons, same as in 2013. Further, the advanced fuels requirement would be slashed to 2.21 billion gallons from 2.75 billion in 2013.
Corn and soybean markets reacted negatively because these “leaked” proposals were for deeper cuts than most anticipated. Just days after the “leak,” EPA officials were back-pedaling furiously, insisting the “leaked” proposals indicating significant cuts to ethanol mandates for 2014 were only “draft proposals” and that “decisions about the mandates for next year have not been finalized.” Further, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that no decisions would be made on 2014 standards until “stakeholders have a chance to comment on any proposals.” And that, sadly, almost guarantees final proposals will be a muddled mixture of politics and economics that will satisfy no one. AG
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