Fuels & Renewable Policy
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 Renewable Fuels have been mandated under federal law for over a decade, and our current renewable fuels policy is outdated, and ineffective.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.
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.
Only six out of 100 cars on the road today can even use E85.
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.
The multi-billion-dollar ethanol industry is pressuring the Chicago City Council to require E15 ethanol blended gasoline at Chicago gas stations.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 significantly increased the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
API Comments to EPA’s proposed rule establishing the volumetric requirements of the Renewable Fuels Standard for 2012.
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.
API comments to the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management on the economic analysis of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard in the Northeast. API identifies the deficiencies of the NESCAUM report and issues relating to the implementation of a cost-ineffective, nontransparent and unfeasible mandate.
A letter to EPA Administrator Jackson urging EPA to consider the impacts of new regulations on the refining industry and to use a robust economic and supply analysis to justify the new rules.