Topics: E-15

EPA Releases RIN Market Proposal

EPA has released a proposed rule that would allow E-15 to be sold year-round (subject to certain restrictions) and also impose significant reforms in how RIN markets function. Although NATSO considers the RIN market reform component of the rulemaking unnecessary, EPA appears to have responsibly distinguished between ethanol RINS and RINS associated with advanced biofuels such as biodiesel. NATSO is continuing to analyze the proposal and will provide a more fulsome analysis in the coming days. More

NATSO ANALYSIS: Trump Administration Pursuing Year-Round E15, RIN Transparency Measures Members Only Join or Login

Over the last two years, there has been an extraordinary amount of uncertainty and volatility in renewable fuels and Renewable Identification Number (RINs) markets. This largely has been due to the Trump Administration's desire to "thread the needle" and develop a policy solution that makes both the renewable fuels community and the refining industry happy. NATSO and the retail fuels community have generally been stuck in the middle. More

President to Lift Ban on Year-Round Sale of E-15

President Donald Trump is expected Oct. 9 to lift a federal ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, a senior White House official told reporters. The move will be coupled with restrictions on biofuel credit trading sought by merchant refiners like Valero Energy Corp and PBF Energy Inc. Those rules would be aimed at retailers and oil majors accused by merchant refiners of driving up cost of complying with biofuels blending laws. More

President to Allow Year-Round E-15; Attach RINs to Exports

President Trump said May 8 that he is considering allowing the unrestricted sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol and will let biofuel exports count toward refiners’ domestic renewable fuel obligations. The proposed changes follow months of fractious negotiations between the corn and oil industries over the future of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, major elements of the compromise remained in dispute after the meeting between top administration officials and four senators ended. More

USDA Awards $100 M for E-15 Pumps

Twenty-one states will receive grants through the $100 million Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to help fund E-15 infrastructure for 5,000 pumps at 1,400 gasoline retail stations. More

EPA Opens Public Comment Period on E-15 Collection Request

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a proposed information collection request regarding several recordkeeping and reporting items associated with the agency’s rule that allows the sale of gasoline blends containing 15 percent ethanol or E-15. More

U.S. Appeals Court Dismisses E-15 Lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s dispenser label requirement for E-15 gasoline blends, ruling that the plaintiffs lacked legal standing to sue. More

Supreme Court Rejects E-15 Challenge

The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to block sales of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E-15). More

EPA Launches Online Resource To Identify E-15 Compatible USTs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week launched a new online resource where it will house information for tank owners regarding the compatibility of underground storage tank system components with E-15. More

Legislation Seeks to Protect Retailers from E-15 Misfueling Liability

Fuel retailers who abide by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) E-15 labeling rules would be protected from liability claims by consumers who misfuel their vehicles under a new bill introduced last week by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) More

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