Energy Committee Seeks Industry Comment on Blend Wall

As it reviews the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for the first time in five years, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is seeking input from industry stakeholders to a series of questions related to the "blend wall."

The blend wall, which refers to the point at which adding the EPA-mandated volume of ethanol to gasoline supplies would result in ethanol blends that exceed 10 percent, is approaching much faster than anticipated due to declining gasoline demand. The required volumes of ethanol as set by the RFS must now be added to a smaller-than-expected pool of gasoline, and many experts predict the 10 percent blend wall may be reached as soon as this year. The approaching blend wall raises a number of issues for fuel producers and retailers. The committee is requesting interested stakeholders to send responses to its questions by April 5, 2013.

To view a copy of the white paper, questions for stakeholder comment and information on how to respond, click here



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