Renewable Fuels Standards

By Anna Austin | February 04, 2009
The U.S. and Canada have enacted separate federal renewable fuels standards, yet individual states and provinces have additional standards in place or on the books.

1. British Columbia: By 2010, all gasoline sold must contain 5 percent ethanol.

2. Alberta: By 2010, 5 percent ethanol must be blended with all gasoline sold.

3. Saskatchewan: Since October 2006, all gasoline sold has been required to contain 7.5 percent ethanol.

4. Manitoba: Since April, all gasoline sold has been required to contain at least 8.5 percent ethanol.

5. Ontario: Since 2007, an annual average of 5 percent ethanol has been blended into gasoline sold in Ontario. An increase to 10 percent in 2009 has been proposed.

6. Quebec: By 2012, all gasoline sold must contain 5 percent ethanol.

7. Washington: Since Dec. 1, all gasoline sold in Washington has been required to contain 2 percent ethanol.

8. Oregon: Since Sept. 16, total gasoline sales have been required to contain 10 percent ethanol.

9. California: Gasoline produced at state refineries must contain 10 percent ethanol by Dec. 31.

10. Hawaii: Since 2008, at least 85 percent of Hawaii's gasoline has been required to contain 10 percent ethanol by volume.

11. Montana: Total non-premium gasoline sales, except 91-octane, must contain 10 percent ethanol three months after in-state ethanol production reaches 40 MMgy. There are no ethanol plants under construction or operating in the state at this time.

12. Minnesota: With an E10 mandate already in effect, total motor gasoline sales must contain 20 percent ethanol by volume by 2013.

13. Iowa: Twenty-five percent of motor fuel sold in the state must come from renewable sources (E10, E85 and biodiesel blends) by 2020.

14. Missouri: Since 2008, total non-premium gasoline sales have been required to contain 10 percent ethanol.

15. Louisiana: Total motor gasoline sales must contain 2 percent ethanol by 2015, or six months after in-state ethanol production reaches 50 MMgy. There is one 1.4 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant operating in the state, and a 25 MMgy facility is under construction.

16. Florida: Beginning Dec. 31, 2010, all gasoline sold or offered for sale within the state is required to contain 9 percent to 10 percent ethanol by volume.