Growth Energy Files Comments to NHTSA in Support of High-octane Ethanol Blends

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Growth Energy filed comments today with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as it prepares an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles.

The comments consist largely of study and analysis that Growth Energy filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of the use of a high-octane, midlevel ethanol blend.

“It has long been recognized that vehicles and fuels operate as a system, and to undertake significant changes and increases in the stringency of tailpipe GHG standards without an examination of potential changes in the fuel used by these vehicles makes little sense,” Growth Energy Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley said.

“Ethanol is a proven high-octane fuel that significantly reduces emissions. Policymakers should examine the literature about the benefits of using a high-octane midlevel ethanol blend in conjunction with modern engines to achieve future fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards.”