The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the proposed rule for allowing E15 to be sold to 2001 and newer vehicles year-round across the country, potentially allowing motorists to access clean, low cost renewable fuel.
E15 is a fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol and is approved for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles, making up roughly 90 percent of the vehicles on the road today. Currently, outdated Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) regulations force fuel retailers to restrict sales of E15 to flex fuel vehicles (FFV) only from June 1 to September 15, the peak driving season. The proposed rule puts steps in motion to allow year-round sales of E15.
“The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is excited to hear the EPA released the proposed rule of permitting year-around sales of E15” said Curt Mether, President of ICGA. “This moves the rule in the right direction in hopes it is ready by the summer driving season beginning June 1. Year-round E15 sales would be a win for Iowa corn farmers and Iowa drivers. We need to better understand the language included about Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS) and the impact that it would have to our farmers. We will review the details and will be asking our leaders and ICGA members to engage on the rule making”.