✔ Is a higher-blend, higher-octane fuel choice
✔ Burns cleaner and cooler, which is good for your engine
✔ Utilizes more earth-friendly ethanol, which cuts carbon emissions by 39 percent and displaces chemicals that create smog and are linked to cancer and asthma
✔ Sold at 1,800+ locations across 31 states
✔ EPA-approved for cars 2001 or newer
✔ Warrantied by automakers for 93 percent of new vehicles
✔ Saves up to 10 cents per gallon compared to traditional fuel
✔ Nine billion miles driven on E15 by American motorists
✔ An opportunity to reverse a 44 percent plunge in farm income over the last six years
✔ Boost employment by 136,000 jobs, on top of nearly 366,000 jobs nationwide supported by ethanol today
✔ Create a market for up to seven billion additional gallons of U.S. ethanol and two billion bushels of American corn
✔ Support rural manufacturing at more than 200 biofuel plants across the heartland
Unfortunately, an outdated regulation known as Reid Vapor Pressure – or RVP – is preventing drivers from accessing cleaner, more affordable biofuel blends and cutting homegrown biofuels out of a key market.
RVP is the measure of how quickly fuel evaporates. Due to an antiquated regulation, the federal government holds 15-percent ethanol blends (E15) to tougher standards than traditional gasoline (E10) during the summer months. However, EPA data shows that E15 results in lower evaporative emissions than traditional blends.
With a simple fix – allowing the sale of E15 year-round – we can give drivers better fuel choices for their wallets and the air we all breathe.
In October 2018, the administration directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lift summertime restrictions on the sale of E15, proclaiming “we are unleashing the power of E15 to fuel our country all year long.” In response, the administrator of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, has pledged to ensure the new rules are in place before the start of the summer driving season on June 1.
Leaders from across the Midwest and beyond have rallied behind the push and are urging the EPA to ensure that nothing stands between American motorists and better options at the fuel pump.
In 1990, Congress limited the amount of evaporative emissions from vehicle fuel as measured by RVP. To meet the summer RVP requirement, Congress specified that 10 percent ethanol fuel blends (E10) would receive a one pound per square inch (psi) RVP waiver because ethanol-blended fuels reduce tailpipe emissions.
However, E15 was not yet on the market when these regulations were implemented, and equal treatment was never extended to higher ethanol blends. Nevertheless, the EPA has long recognized that “E15 is likely to result in somewhat lower evaporative emissions compared to fuel currently sold in much of the country (E10) as a result of the lower volatility of E15.”
The EPA is not alone. Environmental experts agree that E15 reduces airborne pollutants. In fact, independent research suggests that ethanol blends reduce toxic emissions by up to 50 percent, including smog and ultra-fine particulates.
Yet these outdated regulations remain in place, barring many retailers from offering E15 to all drivers during the summer driving months (June 1 to September 15).
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Growth Energy filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to intervene in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule allowing year-round access to gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol, or E15. The final rule is being challenged by the […]
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor joined President Trump at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Following the event, Skor issued a statement: “We are grateful to President Trump for delivering on his promise to unleash the power of E15 all year-long,” said Skor. “The approval of year-round E15 is […]
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Growth Energy and Casey’s General Stores announced that Casey’s will expand its E15 offering to more than 60 new sites this summer across their footprint following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of E15 year-round. E15, known the consumers as Unleaded 88, is a fuel with 15 percent ethanol and is […]
Submit a comment on the proposal for E15 year-round and let EPA know you want a cleaner, more affordable fuel choice at the pump all year long.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation that would bring much-needed transparency to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) secretive small refinery exemption (SRE) process and ensure refiners meet their biofuel blending requirements. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor thanked the senators for introducing this legislation at a time […]
I have introduced a bipartisan solution w/ @SenDuckworth to bring more transparency to the RFS small refinery waiver process & provide more certainty to farmers & ethanol producers. Learn more: https://t.co/X5pA90xY2e
Thank you @SenatorFischer and @SenDuckworth for introducing bipartisan legislation to help restore transparency and integrity to the abusive small refinery exemption process, especially at a time when #biofuel producers and corn farmers need it most. growthenergy.org/2019/06/14/bip…