Clements: The bipartisan Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act introduced in both the House and Senate last week would extend the Reid Vapor Pressure volatility waiver to gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, allowing retailers to offer E15 year-round. AFBF congressional relations director Andrew Walmsley says the waiver already covers 10 percent ethanol blends and extending the waiver will bring higher blends to the pump.
Walmsley: This Act would allow higher blends to be sold year-round. Right now they can’t be sold in the summer time in most states, and so freeing up the ability of retailers to provide more choice to consumers that might want to run on a higher blend because of either cost, or supporting American farmers or whatever it may be. So, it’s really rolling back a regulatory roadblock that’s been sitting at EPA for quite some time.
Clements: He says extending the waiver paves the way for increasing ethanol demand.
Walmsley: We’re able to produce it. You look at where commodity prices are, where fuel prices are, we’ve seen the benefits to rural America and to our choices of fuel out across the country and this just provides additional opportunity to get more biofuel in the market place that’s being held back because of the regulatory roadblock at EPA.
Clements: He says farmers should contact their lawmakers and urge them to support rural America by supporting the bill.
Walmsley: The biggest thing folks can do if they are wanting more options and the ability to move the market where we’re utilizing more agricultural products in our fuel supply, is to contact their House member and their senators and urge them to cosponsor the bill.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.
Communications Assistant, AFBF