Next Generation Fuels Act Sets The Stage For The Future

Posted on: March 31, 2023

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)—The Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is applauding yesterday’s reintroduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill aims to modernize the nation’s fuel supply and optimize new vehicles to take advantage of higher ethanol blends, resulting in lower fuel costs, reduced emissions, and increased energy security for the future.

“The Next Generation Fuels Act is a top legislative priority for corn growers in Missouri and across the country,” said MCGA President Clint Stephens. “Every time the price at the pumps spikes, we are reminded of the need for a diverse fuel supply and greater energy independence. Consumers want more choices and affordable options in the transition to cleaner vehicles and fuels. The Next Generation Fuels Act provides these solutions.”  

Designed to gradually clean up the nation’s fuel supply and transition new vehicles to cleaner, more efficient fuels, the Next Generation Fuels Act would also lower costs for drivers by model year 2031. Higher octane levels increase engine efficiency, helping autos meet vehicle fuel efficiency standards and reducing emissions. As a clean octane standard, the bill requires additional octane sources resulting in at least 40 percent fewer GHG emissions than unblended gasoline, and sets new limits on toxic hydrocarbon aromatics.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa), along with Reps. Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), and Nikki Budzinski (D-Ill.). Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) has also signed on as an original co-sponsor of the clean-fuel measure.

“Incorporating higher blends of renewable fuels can be part of the solution in answering our nation’s growing energy needs with a cleaner-burning fuel grown and refined here at home,” Stephens said. “MCGA appreciates Congressman Cleaver for recognizing this bill’s benefits for consumers and rural Missouri. We look forward to working closely with Missouri’s congressional delegation to get this measure across the finish line and bring a cleaner, cheaper fuel to the pump.”

A companion bill was introduced in the Senate last week. Learn more about the benefits of low-carbon, high-octane fuels at

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