E15 Policy Priorities

Among Growth Energy’s 2023 policy priorities is to expand access to lower-carbon, lower-cost higher blends of ethanol at the pump at home and abroad by:

  • Restoring unrestricted access to E15 year-round nationwide.
  • Working with U.S. Department of Agriculture to swiftly implement and distribute the $500 million for biofuels infrastructure included the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
  • Clarifying rules around the use of existing fuel storage and dispensing equipment for E15.
  • Finalizing EPA’s proposal to simplify onerous labeling requirements at fuel pumps and broaden use of existing underground storage tanks.
  • Breaking down trade barriers to low-carbon ethanol in markets like Brazil, India, and China.
  • Instituting a nationwide octane standard.

Current Federal Legislation 

Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

Introduced by Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to ensure the continued availability of low-carbon fifteen percent ethanol fuel blends (E15) in all fuel markets year-round. This legislation would permanently extend the 1.0 psi summertime Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends beyond E10, thus eliminating any seasonal restrictions on sales.

Next Generation Fuels Act

In March 2023, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act, a bill that would allow for the sale of fuels with greater octane levels, thereby increasing the amount of ethanol that can be used in the fuel supply, and, in turn, lowering prices at the pump for consumers. The bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

What They Are Saying: Members of Congress Champion Higher Blends of Biofuels to Combat Gas Prices  

E15 Waiver in the States and EPA’s Response

In 2022, a coalition of Midwest states sent a letter to EPA Administrator Regan calling for parity between E10 and E15 fuels through Section 211(h)(5) of the Clean Air Act. Combined, the states account for 14.79% of total gasoline demand in the U.S. and are home to 1,494 of the nation’s E15 retail sites

  • Illinois (3.17% of U.S. gasoline demand, 155 E15 retailer sites)
  • Wisconsin (1.85% of U.S. gasoline demand, 359 retailer sites)
  • Minnesota (1.75% of U.S. gasoline demand, 388 retailer sites)
  • Iowa (1.02% of U.S. gasoline demand, 289 retailer sites)
  • Nebraska (0.66% of U.S. gasoline demand, 122 retailer sites)
  • Ohio (3.69% of U.S. gasoline demand, 87 retailer sites)
  • South Dakota (0.36% of U.S. gasoline demand, 24 retailer sites)
  • Missouri (2.29% of U.S. gasoline demand, 70 retailer sites)

In April 2023, the EPA announced an emergency E15 waiver for the summer 2023 driving season. In his statement, EPA Administrator Michael Regan stated that “allowing E15 sales during the summer driving season will not only help increase fuel supply, but support American farmers, strengthen U.S. energy security, and provide relief to drivers across the country.”

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On May 31, 21 members of the House, led by Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai urging her to protect U.S. farmers and biofuel producers and prioritize U.S. #ethanol export competitiveness in Brazil.https://t.co/Ugx88bA1KT https://t.co/bmf7EjdNxA

via @EthanolMagazine

Protecting #IA04 farmers and #ethanol producers will always be a top priority for me in Congress. I appreciate working with my @WaysandMeansGOP colleague @RepLaHood to ensure American ethanol exports receive fair treatment and robust market access in Brazil. https://t.co/pX246NiqLn

via @RepFeenstra

.@NUVUFUELS: "In Michigan alone, the higher biofuel blend offers drivers more than $1 billion in fuel savings annually, reduces emissions, and supports the state’s rural economy." twitter.com/Lwl_First_Look…

via @GrowthEnergy

Celebrated the nation's second #E15 standard with @RFNebraska's Dawn Caldwell and Traci Menke. Thank you for your work getting #LB562 signed into law. Nebraskan families will see savings at the pump this summer! cc: @LadyOfAg https://t.co/uPgLthktdZ

via @EmilySkor