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Fuels & Renewable Policy


Renewable Fuel Standard White Paper

On May 18, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released its Proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2017 and the Biomass Based Diesel Volume for 2018. As policymakers and the public consider this proposal, it is important to provide an overview of current Renewable Fuel Policy and a roadmap for fundamental policy change. Renewable Fuels have been mandated under federal law for over a decade, and our current renewable fuels policy is outdated, and ineffective. Government fuel blending requirements are constraining free market forces, supporting uneconomic activity, and limiting consumer choice.

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Facts about the Renewable Fuel Standard

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 included an expanded Renewable Fuel Standard, which the EPA used to develop a final rule effective July 1, 2010. To comply with the Standard, biofuel producers and importers must blend increasing amounts of biofuels into gasoline and diesel.

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2014 RFS Letters and Comments

API continues to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate Renewable Fuel Standard requirements that reflect the realities of the ethanol blend wall.

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E85 - Not a Solution to Blend Wall

Only six out of 100 cars on the road today can even use E85.

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RFS2, Ethanol Blendwall and NERA Study

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) with significant increases in biofuel volume mandates. However increasing ethanol blends to E15 for use in millions of cars currently on the road could damage vehicles, void engine warranties, and damage gasoline station infrastructure. E85 remains a specialty fuel, with low consumer demand, and infrastructure investments from gas station owners would be required to expand distribution.

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What Others are Saying

What other parties are saying about the Renewable Fuel Standard and concerns regarding E-15 and E85.

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API Comments to RFS Rulemakings

API continues to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate Renewable Fuel Standard requirements that reflect the realities of the ethanol blend wall.

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API Testimony at EPA RFS Hearing

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 significantly increased the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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API comments on 2012 RFS

API Comments to EPA’s proposed rule establishing the volumetric requirements of the Renewable Fuels Standard for 2012.

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API Comments on AAM Sulfur Proposal

A Letter to EPA Administrator Jackson in response to a recent letter to EPA from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. API identifies erroneous claims from the auto industry in calling for reduced sulfur standards in gasoline.

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