Under current regulations, gasoline in Canada can contain up to 10 per cent ethanol, but a proposed amendment could raise the maximum to 15 per cent in early 2018. The amendment, if adopted, would follow a similar decision in the U.S., where the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 approved a 15 per cent ethanol blend, or E15, in vehicles from 2001 and later. Canada currently requires that gasoline be blended with five per cent renewable fuel, and on average, Canadian fuel exceeds that regulation, containing an ethanol blend of six to seven per cent. Ottawa is currently developing a clean fuel standard, intended to cut carbon emissions by 30 million tonnes annually by 2030. One estimate from Clean Energy Canada finds that gasoline prices would be five cents a litre higher in 2030 with a clean fuel standard in place, assuming a 15 per cent ethanol blend is standard by 2025.
Source: National Post November 14, 2017 19:30 UTC