ACE members advocate for RFS, urge E15 RVP relief during fly-in

By American Coalition for Ethanol | April 13, 2016

The American Coalition for Ethanol and nearly 70 of its grassroots members are in Washington, D.C., as part of the group’s 8th annual fly-in April 13-14.

ACE members will have more than 125 meetings with lawmakers representing 36 states on April 13 to convey the importance of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and bipartisan legislation to extend Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief to E15 and higher ethanol blends.

On April 14, ACE members will hear from USDA about the status of the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership program, Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., on RVP legislation for E15 and higher ethanol blends, and officials with the U.S. Grains Council on global ethanol demand.

With assistance from Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., ACE is hosting a congressional staff briefing on April 14 entitled: “What Blend Wall? Retailers confirm consumer interest in E15 and flex fuels.” Bruce Vollan, a convenience store owner from South Dakota will share his experience with flex pumps and consumer interest in E15 and flex fuels. Todd Garner, CEO of Protec Fuel, will discuss his experience helping 300 retailers across the South and Mid-Atlantic areas of the U.S. manage infrastructure installations for E15 and flex fuels.

“Our opponents are constantly telling Congress the RFS needs to be repealed and using E15 places cars and station owners at risk,” said Brian Jennings, ACE executive vice president. “During our fly-in retailers will join with ACE members to share their first-hand experience about the growing demand for low-cost, high-octane E15 and flex fuels thanks to congress standing strong on the RFS.”

ACE is specifically pushing for additional cosponsors of S. 1239 and HR 1736, legislation which would extend RVP relief to E15 and other blends which have more ethanol but fewer evaporative emissions than E10 and gasoline during the June 1 through Sept. 15 season summer ozone season.  “E15 typically costs two to 10 cents per gallon less than E10, so refusing to allow the sale of this fuel in the summer robs consumers of the opportunity to buy a lower cost product which is cleaner than gasoline and E10,” said Jennings.

ACE will be providing fly-in updates on Twitter (to follow ACE on Twitter, click this link) and at www.ethanol.org