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Senators push quickly for higher ethanol blends

A pair of bipartisan backed bills were introduced in Congress Thursday aiming to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10pc, providing E15 ethanol a yearlong market presence.

Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517, H.R. 1311) into the Senate, while Representatives Adrian Smith (R-NE-3) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA-2) introduced the bill before the House of Representatives.

Currently, EPA restricts the retail sale of ethanol-blended gasolines above 10pc ethanol from June 1 until September 15. The bill, which would remove regulatory burdens that limit the use of E15, would allow US consumers the access to E15 and other ethanol blends year-round.

“Biofuels give consumers more options and reduce fuel prices at the gas pump. This legislation would expand the market for ethanol producers, opening more market opportunities for fuels grown on Hoosier farms,” Senator Donnelly said.

Ethanol industry proponents, such as renewable fuels lobby Growth Energy, called the newly released legislation the first step toward eradicating the unnecessary EPA restriction that limits consumer choice at the pump during peak driving season.

“E15 is a…

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