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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 Renewable Fuels have been mandated under federal law for over a decade, and our current renewable fuels policy is outdated, and ineffective.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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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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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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Truth About E15 Fuel

The multi-billion-dollar ethanol industry is pressuring the Chicago City Council to require E15 ethanol blended gasoline at Chicago gas stations.

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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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API Comments to NESCAUM

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.

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Tier 3 and Refinery Rulemaking

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.

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