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Methanol: The other transportation fuel

02.01.2014  |  Dolan, G. A.,  Methanol Institute, Fairfax, Virginia

Keywords: [methanol] [ethanol] [legislation] [RFS] [gasoline] [M85] [M15]

In the US Congress, the Open Fuel Standard Act was introduced to direct automakers to have half of all new cars by the 2017 model year capable of operating on something other than gasoline, with models including ethanol and methanol (MeOH) flexible-fuel vehicles. Congressmen and senators on both sides of the political aisle are also questioning whether the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS’s) goals of 36 billion (B) gallons of renewable fuels in the pool by 2022 is an achievable goal. The running joke in Washington is that it’s easier to buy a unicorn than a gallon of cellulosic ethanol. As policy leaders question the RFS, it may be time to consider a domestic fuel standard that opens the market to low-level MeOH fuel blends made from domestic natural gas.

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