On Tuesday, President Biden is set to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency will allow the summer sale of E15 gasoline in 2022 to help offset the surge in gas prices across the nation and help give consumers more choices at the pump. The announcement is expected to be made during his stop at POET Biorefining in Menlo, IA (just west of Des Moines) on Tuesday. Various groups have reacted to the announcement, which you can see below. More on this story as it comes available.
See reaction from various ag groups below:
ACE: Thank you Mr. President for E15 as a Way to Save Money at the Pump
Sioux Falls, SD – Today, ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to an ethanol plant in Menlo, Iowa, the administration announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to issue a national, emergency waiver so E15 can continue to be sold this summer, which will help increase fuel supplies, give consumers more choice to get lower prices, and provide savings to many families. In conjunction, the announcement included updates on more biofuel infrastructure funding and distributions, as well as $700 million in biofuel aid to be awarded yet this month. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings thanked President Biden for these actions in the following statement:
“President Biden’s announcement is great news for the ethanol industry, farmers, and most importantly, American consumers, who are under financial stress from rising energy prices and expenses. E15 is saving families between 10 and 30 cents per gallon, so this is a meaningful step toward reducing gas prices. We appreciate the President making it clear the farmers and biofuel producers who produce American-made ethanol are part of the solution to address pain at the pump.
“Given the long-term importance to ensuring uninterrupted availability of E15 year-round in all part of the country, we look forward to working with the administration and Congress on a permanent remedy to expand consumer access beyond the emergency measures being taken this summer.
“In addition, we thank President Biden for announcing funding support for biofuels infrastructure and stimulus aid for recovering producers. It’s been over two years since COVID-19 shut down the economy and caused a severe market disruption that rocked the ethanol industry and we’re appreciative the administration is delivering on the assistance for biofuel producers.
“As President Biden pledges his support for biofuels today, we also urge him to direct EPA to get the RFS back on track so ethanol can play an even bigger role in helping reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and be part of the solution to climate change.”
ACE and its members have taken multiple approaches to help ensure uninterrupted market access for E15, including encouraging over 100 industry advocates to send nearly 400 messages to their members of Congress to support E15 year-round legislation.
POET: Biden plan delivers ‘lower-carbon, lower-cost’ E15 to consumers
MENLO, IA (April 12, 2022) – Today POET, the world’s largest biofuel producer, is proud to host President Joe Biden as he announces plans to lift outdated summertime restrictions on E15, allowing the 15% bioethanol blend to be sold year-round.
“America needs an immediate fix at the fuel pump, and E15 is here to meet that need,” said Jeff Broin, POET Founder & CEO. “Bioethanol is an affordable, available, American-made fuel that can lower gas prices and boost our nation’s energy independence right now.”
Biden will make his announcement during a visit to POET Bioprocessing – Menlo, one of POET’s 33 state-of-the-art bioethanol production facilities. POET has a combined annual production capacity of 3 billion gallons of bioethanol.
Bioethanol already makes up 10 percent of the U.S. fuel supply. The outdated ban on summertime sales of E15 was lifted in 2019; however, that EPA rule was later overturned in a 2021 federal court decision, once again limiting E15 sales from June to September.
As gas prices continue to skyrocket, E15 can save consumers as much as 50 to 70 cents per gallon. Today’s fix will ensure those fuel savings continue to flow to drivers seeking relief at the pump and improve domestic energy supplies.
“Every driver should have the freedom to choose a fuel that’s better for their wallet, their health, and the environment,” said Broin. “Plant-based bioethanol is the only liquid fuel that can check all those boxes, and it’s produced by Americans, for Americans, right here in the Heartland.”
Consumers have already driven more than 25 billion miles on E15. Moving the nation’s fuel standard from E10 to E15 would offset 6.2 billion gallons of gasoline, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 million tons per year, and bring value to American consumers, rural communities, and the U.S. economy.
“Today we are grateful to President Biden for following through on his commitment to deliver lower-carbon, lower-cost fuel options to the American people and for allowing the POET team to share in the celebration of this major win for consumers and for America’s energy security,” said Broin.
Corn Growers Thank President Biden for Counting on Biofuels To Lower Costs, Boost Energy Independence
WASHINGTON (April 12, 2022) — President Biden is expected to announce today that his administration will use existing authority to prevent drivers from losing access to lower-cost and lower-emission E15, a higher ethanol blend often marketed as Unleaded 88.
In response to the development, Iowa farmer and NCGA President Chris Edgington released the following statement:
“Corn growers thank President Biden for ensuring drivers continue to have access to a lower-cost fuel choice and for acknowledging how renewable ethanol helps reduce prices, lower emissions and improve our nation’s energy security. Farmers are proud to contribute to cleaner, less expensive fuel choices.”
RFA Thanks President Biden for Taking Action to Allow Summertime Sales of Lower-Cost E15
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today in Menlo, Iowa, President Biden toured Growth Energy member plant POET Bioprocessing-Menlo, where he announced that his administration will lift outdated restrictions on E15 for the 2022 summer driving season. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, who attended the event, released the following statement:
“This welcome news for all American drivers seeking lower cost options at the pump. Lifting outdated and unnecessary summertime restrictions on E15 will ensure continued access to a fuel that has been saving drivers as much as 50 to 60 cents a gallon in recent weeks, offering working families relief at the pump at a time when they need it most.
“Not only is this decision a major win for American drivers and our nation’s energy security, it means cleaner options at the pump and a stronger rural economy. American biofuels like ethanol reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46 percent compared to regular gasoline and are key to achieving the nation’s climate goals.
“We are grateful to President Biden and for the support of champions like Secretary Vilsack who have helped promote American biofuels as a solution to rising gasoline prices. We look forward to working with this administration and leaders in Congress to deliver a permanent fix to restore year-round access to E15 in the years ahead.”
Available at more than 2,600 gas stations across 31 states, E15 is approved for more than 96 percent of light duty vehicles, which account for 98 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. Even before the recent run-up in oil prices, it was estimated that nationwide access to E15 could save drivers $12.2 billion annually in fuel costs.
POET is a founding member of Growth Energy and has hosted the last four U.S. presidents at one of their biorefineries. This is also the second time President Biden has visited a Growth Energy plant. As a presidential candidate, Biden toured Growth Energy member Big River Resources in Burlington, Iowa in 2019.
NDFU pleased with E15 announcement
(JAMESTOWN, N.D.) – North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne made the following statement on today’s announcement by President Biden that the summertime ban on sales of E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol) will be lifted.
“President Biden’s decision today acknowledges the important role of agriculture and renewable fuels in our nation’s energy security. Farmers want to do their part in reducing our dependence on foreign oil. One way to do that is to reduce the barriers to offering a variety of ethanol blends at the pump, like E15, which can help consumers save money. Today’s decision also provides certainty for ethanol producers and retailers and offers consumers a cheaper homegrown fuel throughout the year.
“In the long term, we will continue to push the administration and Congress to eliminate barriers to greater availability of ethanol. Mid-level blends of ethanol, like E30, provide even better efficiency, emissions reduction and octane benefits. We need to make sure consumers have the option to buy higher-level blends.”
Biden to allow sale of E15 in summer months
ST. PAUL – President Joe Biden is traveling to Iowa today to announce his administration will issue a waiver to allow the widespread sale of E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol mixed with gasoline, during the summer months.
“This is welcome news for Minnesota’s corn growers and drivers,” said Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President Gary Wertish. “Not only will this action lower prices at the pump, but also it will use more ethanol, a renewable fuel made locally in Minnesota. In addition, ethanol burns cleaner than pure gasoline.”
MFU supports expanding the use of biofuels, including moving toward statewide E15 to provide farmers with a value-added market for their farm products and to mitigate the effects of climate change.
The Environmental Protection Agency will issue an emergency waiver to allow the widespread sale of E15, which is usually prohibited between June 1 and Sept. 15. The move is expected to save drivers about 10 cents a gallon.
“We thank Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota senators, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, for their support of the waiver,” Wertish added. Gov. Walz sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan asking him to waive E15 summer ban to bring certainty to the Midwestern fuel market. The senators joined a bipartisan letter calling on the president to authorize the year-round use of E15 as part of the response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.