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EPA finalizes Midwest E15 rule, delays implementation to 2025

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By Erin Voegele

February 22, 2024

PolicyE15

The U.S. EPA issued a final rule on Feb. 22 that will allow E15 to be sold year-round in eight Midwestern states beginning in 2025. The ethanol industry has welcomed the rule but is expressing disappointment in its delayed implementation.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Feb. 15 signed legislation that allows fuel retailers within the state to claim a fuel tax refund of up to 5 cents per gallon of E15 sold. The tax refund can be claimed for calendar years 2025 through 2029.

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Growth Energy on Feb. 20 submitted comments to CARB regarding the board’s proposed changes to California’s LCFS, noting that the proposed changes ignore plant-based fuel options that could immediately help the state reach its climate goals.

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In comments submitted to CARB on proposed amendments to that state’s LCFS, the RFA expressed concerns about a previously undiscussed sustainability certification program and the state’s continued delay in allowing sales of E15.

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ACE comments on CARB 2024 proposed amendments to LCFS

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By American Coalition for Ethanol

February 21, 2024

ACE has submitted comments to CARB regarding its 2024 proposed amendments to the LCFS. The comments focused on proposed “sustainability criteria” for crop-based biofuels, the need to approve E15 in California and the importance of E85 and FFVs.

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The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) Board approved 74 project applications totaling more than $3.4 million in cost-share funding for Iowa fuel retailers during its most recent quarterly board meeting.

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Growth Energy commended the Ohio General Assembly on Feb. 8 after its approval of a tax incentive that would make it easier for fuel retailers in the state to sell higher bioethanol blends like E15 and E85.

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Iowa awards $3.4M to retailers to offer higher biofuel blends

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By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

February 02, 2024

On Jan. 30, Iowa’s cost-share Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) awarded $3.4 million in grants for 74 applicants that will add E15 to retail sites and one applicant to add a biodiesel terminal in Iowa.

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Growth Energy released updated data on Jan. 29 showing that American drivers recently surpassed a massive milestone: 100 billion miles driven on E15. The fuel blend is saving U.S. motorists an average of up to 15 cents per gallon at the pump.

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The South Dakota Senate on Jan. 22 voted 33 to zero in favor of a bill that aims to allow fuel retailers to claim a fuel tax refund of up to 5 cents per gallon of E15 sold. The tax refund would be available for fiscal years 2025 through 2030.

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The USDA on Jan. 11 awarded $19 million under the Higher Blend Infrastructure Incentive Program. The grants will support projects in 22 states to expand the availability of higher ethanol and biodiesel blends.

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Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor delivered the keynote address to the IRFA’s Renewable Fuels Summit on Jan. 11. She updated the crowd on the state of the U.S. bioeconomy and outlined the biofuel sector’s policy agenda for the new year.

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Montana has become the 49th state to approve the sale of E15 following updated fuel regulations that went into effect on Jan. 1. The fuel blend, which contains 15 percent ethanol, can now be sold in all states except California.

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The U.S. EPA on Dec. 18 delivered its final rule to allow year-round E15 sales in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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The Renewable Fuels Association’s annual review of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements indicates that E15 is explicitly approved by the manufacturer for use in approximately 95 percent of model year 2024 cars and light trucks.

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