WASHINGTON, DC — Growth Energy is holding its annual advocacy conference in Washington, D.C., this week, bringing together over 150 leaders in the ethanol industry from across the country to champion the association’s policy priorities on Capitol Hill.

During Growth Energy’s Biofuels Summit, advocates will meet with members of Congress to urge support for protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and for securing a legislative fix for the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restriction that places barriers on consumer fuel choice during the summer.

“Now, more than ever, this industry is poised to drive the next great wave of economic development across the American heartland,” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said.

“We know that the most effective way to influence members of Congress is to connect them in person, face-to-face with the men and women moving this industry forward. The biofuels industry has a great story to tell and great people to tell it. The RFS has ensured lower fuel prices, a stronger rural America, and cleaner air. To continue this progress, we need Congress behind us. This summit gives us the opportunity to thank and build stronger relationships with our champions as well as foster new allies on Capitol Hill who share our commitment to increasing consumer choice at the pump through cleaner, homegrown biofuels.”

Growth Energy advocates will ask members of Congress to cosponsor the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517, H.R. 1311), which would correct an outdated regulation that restricts retailers from selling fuel containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) during the summer fueling season (June 1 through September 15).

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