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Ethanol Groups Support Midwest Governors’ Efforts to Secure Permanent, Year-Round Access to E15

On Thursday, various ethanol groups have come out applauding efforts of Midwestern governors’ to gain permanent, year round access to E15. Read the various statements below:

Growth Energy Supports Governors’ Efforts to Secure Permanent, Year-Round Access to E15

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor thanked Governors Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa), Pete Ricketts (R-N.E.), Doug Burgum (R-N.D.), Tony Evers (D-Wis.), Laura Kelly (D-Kan.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), JB Pritzker (D-Ill.), and Tim Walz (D-Minn.) for their efforts to secure permanent access to year-round E15, a fifteen percent ethanol blended fuel. The coalition of governors sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Regan calling for parity between E10 and E15 in their states fuels through Section 211(h)(5) of the Clean Air Act and included analysis of the environmental benefits of doing so.

“We are grateful to Governors Reynolds, Ricketts, Burgum, Evers, Kelly, Noem, Pritzker, and Walz for working to secure permanent, year-round access to cleaner, lower-cost E15 fuel,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “While President Biden’s recent decision to lift restrictions on E15 fuel nationally this summer was a welcome and exciting announcement, particularly as drivers across the nation continue to face high gas prices, we need a permanent fix to protect access to E15 next summer and beyond. The governors’ timely request to Administrator Regan would allow more drivers in their states to save money at the pump and reduce vehicle emissions as we work toward a national permanent solution.

“Our nation cannot let outdated regulations stand in the way of a clean energy future and we look forward to EPA’s affirmative response on this issue.”

You can read the full letter here.


RFA Thanks Midwest Governors for Taking Action to Allow Year-Round E15

Governors from eight Midwest states notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today that they are taking action to allow the year-round sale of lower-carbon, lower-cost E15 in their states.
The bipartisan group of governors from Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin is exercising the authority granted to them under the Clean Air Act, and the action will result in equality in the regulation of E15 and E10 volatility during the summer months. This would allow retailers and marketers in these eight states to sell E15 unincumbered in 2023 and beyond.
“We thank Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and this entire bipartisan group of governors for their determined leadership,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “These governors should be applauded for pursuing a simple regulatory solution that will allow consumers in their states to benefit from E15’s lower cost and lower emissions 365 days a year. Once this notification is approved by EPA, it will mean lower pump prices for drivers in these eight states, lower tailpipe pollution, a more secure energy supply, and a more vibrant rural economy. These states have guided the way forward on E15, and we call on other states and the EPA to follow their lead, so that the benefits of E15 can be permanently enjoyed by drivers across the nation.”
In their letter, the governors thanked EPA for its emergency waiver for E15 this summer and stated more work needs to be done to provide a long-term solution. “While this emergency RVP waiver will deliver economic relief and energy security benefits in the near term, a permanent solution allowing the year-round sale of E15 is also needed for long-term certainty,” they wrote. The governors provided information demonstrating that the action they are seeking will reduce emissions of certain pollutants that can lead to ground-level ozone formation.
Cooper also highlighted recent research from refining sector experts that showed the action sought by the governors would impact gasoline production costs by just 1.5 cents per gallon or less in the Midwest.
These eight states account for more than 10 percent of the nation’s gasoline consumption and are home to:
  • 57 percent of the nation’s 2,512 stations currently selling E15;
  • 72 percent of the nation’s 206 ethanol biorefineries;
  • 69 percent of the nation’s 407,000 ethanol-related jobs;
  • 59 percent of the nation’s 305,000 farms that grow corn; and
  • 69 percent of the nation’s corn production.


POET Applauds Midwest’s Move to Cleaner, Affordable Fuels

Sioux Falls (April 28, 2022) – Today POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels, applauds Governors Kim Reynolds (R-IA), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Doug Burgum (R-ND), Tony Evers (D-WI), Laura Kelly (D-KS), Kristi Noem (R-SD), JB Pritzker (D-IL), and Tim Walz (D-MN) for taking bold, bipartisan action to secure year-round access to E15, a 15 percent bioethanol fuel blend. The eight Midwest governors sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exercising their authority under the Clean Air Act to “provide relief, flexibility, and certainty in the fuel market” and give E10 and E15 regulatory parity in their states.

“Thank you to Governors Reynolds, Ricketts, Burgum, Evers, Kelly, Noem, Pritzker, and Walz for fighting for permanent access to E15, lower prices at the pump and cleaner fuels in your states,” said Joshua Shields, POET Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications. “Skyrocketing gas prices underscore the need for year-round access to biofuel blends, like E15, that save money, lower emissions and are made in America.”

“The breadth of support from states across the Midwest proves that biofuels are truly a bipartisan solution,” Shields continued. “The governors’ action is a shining example of how reaching across state lines and across the aisle can fuel a better future for everyone.”

According to, today the average reported retail savings between E0 (0% bioethanol) and E15 (15% bioethanol) is $0.64 per gallon. Americans are also currently saving $0.31 per gallon on average by choosing E15 over standard E10 gasoline.

The letter is available here.


ACE Applauds Midwest Governors for Working to Ensure Retailers Can Sell E15 Year-Round 

Sioux Falls, SD – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) applauded the bipartisan group of Midwestern governors today for their letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, officially requesting from EPA their state authority to ensure retailers can continue to sell E15 all year long without interruption. ACE CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement thanking the Midwest governors:

“ACE thanks this bipartisan group of Midwest governors for their leadership to ensure E15 can be sold year-round to help bring down prices at the pump while simultaneously reducing tailpipe emissions. E15 is a low-cost, clean fuel blend and losing access to this growing clean fuel market will only harm everyone through even higher pump prices and greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions.

“ACE stands by these Governors as they pursue all options to ensure E15, a clean and safe fuel with lower RVP emissions than E10 and straight gasoline, can be sold year-round for years to come.”

Governors Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa), Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska), Tim Walz (D-Minnesota), Tony Evers (D-Wisconsin), Doug Burgum (R-North Dakota), Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota), Laura Kelly (D-Kansas), and JB Pritzker (R-Illinois) signed the letter.

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