WASHINGTON, D.C. — E15 retailers from across the country are urging President Trump to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency follows through on his commitment to allow fuel containing 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round.
“This common-sense change will allow us the opportunity to consistently offer a less expensive, higher performing fuel to our consumers at stations across America,” the companies stated in their letter to the president.
Today, there are 1,374 retail locations in 29 states selling E15 usually 3-10 cents below the price of regular gasoline. The vast majority of these locations are selling E15 along with E85 at blender pumps and making both available at nearly every dispensing location. Growth Energy works hand-in-hand with Prime the Pump, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping build the infrastructure and distribution of higher biofuel blends, to give more and more Americans the choice of E15 at the pump.
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said that the outdated regulation not only hurts consumers by removing a cleaner, more cost-efficient fuel option during the summer driver season but also harms businesses.
“President Trump is a businessman, and he understands this regulation is bad for business and bad for rural America,” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “Because retailers cannot offer E15 to consumers during the summer driving months, they must go through the costly and unnecessary hassle of relabeling every single E15 dispenser twice a year – costing roughly $1.5 million. This treatment confuses consumers and makes marketing a legally approved fuel more difficult than it should be.”
The retailers also urged the president you to avoid implementing a cap on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and curtail the rapid expansion of so-called small refinery “hardship” waivers.
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it granted five new small refinery exemptions for 2017, bringing the total gallons of lost demand to 2.6 billion in 2016-2017:
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