Fla. bill calls for repeal of state Renewable Fuel Standard Act

By Erin Voegele | December 18, 2012

In December, two state representatives in Florida introduced a bill to repeal the Renewable Fuels Standard Act. The legislation, HB 4001, would remove the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in Florida be blended with ethanol.

The measure was introduced by state Reps. Matt Gaetz and Keith Perry. Cosponsors of the bill include Reps. Larry Ahern, Frank Artiles and Jason T. Brodeur. According to information published by the Florida House of Representatives, if passed into law, the legislation would become effective July 1, 2013.

Gaetz introduced similar legislation, HB 4013, last year. The measure passed the Florida House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee by a vote of 10 to 4 in Dec. 2011. However, it died after being introduced to the House State Affairs Committee in March.

The Florida Renewable Fuels Standard requires that all gasoline sold or offered for sale by a terminal suppliers, importer, blender or wholesaler in Florida contain 9-10 percent ethanol, or other alternative fuel, by volume. The program defines alternative fuel as fuel produced by biomass. The mandate does not apply to fuel used in aircrafts, watercrafts, fuel sold to blenders, fuel used in collector vehicles, off-road vehicles, motorcycles or small engines.