The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is one of America’s great success stories, and the bedrock policy that forged our nation’s biofuels industry. It provides consumers with real choice and savings at the pump, while strengthening our rural economy, lowering our carbon footprint, and delivering greater energy independence by requiring a modest but growing amount of biofuels be blended into our nation’s transportation fuel mix.  Today, 98 percent of gasoline in the U.S. contains about 10 percent ethanol.

At Growth Energy, we believe the RFS should be faithfully executed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Congress intended, and that EPA should not undermine the policy and increase consumer fuel costs, hurt our economy, and hinder progress toward our environmental goals. Read our FAQ on biofuel blending requirements here.

Growth Energy will continue to support:

  • Reigning in EPA’s abuse of small refinery exemptions (SREs), returning integrity and transparency to the decision-making process, and ensuring gallons lost to SREs are accounted for in future blending targets.
  • Ensuring EPA guarantees 15 billion gallons of domestic ethanol consumption as Congress intended and the law requires.

Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs)

The 2005 RFS allowed small refineries with a production capacity less than 75,000 barrels per day to be temporarily exempted from the law’s blending requirements. When the RFS was expanded in 2007, EPA extended these exemptions until 2011 and required small refineries to demonstrate “disproportionate economic hardship” to qualify for future waivers. Starting with 2016 the compliance period, EPA rapidly increased the number of SREs, granting 85 over three years and removing over 4 billion gallons of biofuels from the marketplace.


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As the holiday season officially begins, CEO @EmilySkor spoke with TV and radio stations from across the country about how Americans can save money and help the environment by selecting higher biofuel blends like UNL88 at the pump. Take a look: fb.watch/9Cfw4CXanZ/

via @GrowthEnergy

I’m throughly disappointed that @EPA failed to meet their deadline for issuing biofuel blending requirements that would lower emissions & gas prices. Keeping biofuels in the U.S. clean energy agenda means ensuring fossil fuel companies can’t keep skirting their #RFS obligations.

via @RepCindyAxne

Earlier this month, we submitted a Notice of Intent to sue @EPA regarding its failure to timely fulfill the agency’s statutory obligation under the RFS to issue the 2022 RVO. That was 28 days before today's deadline of November 30. growthenergy.org/2021/11/02/gro…

via @GrowthEnergy

🛎 @EPA, today marks the statutory deadline under the RFS to issue the 2022 RVO. Failing to issue RVOs on time is a missed opportunity to address our climate challenge, provide consumers with continued lower-carbon choices at the pump, and contribute to the rural recovery. https://t.co/dheapJIHKz

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