CFDC Applauds Decision to Provide Regulatory Relief to Higher Ethanol Blends  

Source: By Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition • Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Washington, D.C. October 9, 2018: The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) called today’s announcement by the Trump Administration to open the market to higher volumes of high octane, low carbon and low-cost ethanol an important a win for consumers and the environment.

The decision to apply existing standards to these higher blends that lower vapor pressure is long overdue, said CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante. “Higher ethanol blends reduce the very evaporative emissions this antiquated restriction was designed to control”, he said.

“Adding clean burning ethanol to gasoline replaces the toxic, cancer causing components used to increase octane. It reduces carbon emissions, particulates, and a range of harmful pollutants.”

While applauding the Administration’s decision, CFDC officials cautioned that if the EPA attempted to limit the new rule to only blends of 15% it would be a major misstep and cause for serious concern by many in the ethanol industry.   CFDC is a member of the High Octane Low Carbon Alliance along with major ethanol and agriculture organizations and have argued for higher octane levels to help meet the pending fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas rule.

Ethanol at volumes in the 25-30% range can provide low cost octane allowing automakers to design more efficient vehicles.  “15% volume is a great start but certainly should not be a cap or any kind of limit at a time when automakers are acknowledging higher volumes can provide significant increases in octane that they can design to.” Said Durante.

Even putting the environmental benefits aside, said Durante, the dramatic price differential between gasoline and ethanol provides substantial savings to consumers. If nothing ese this is a pocketbook issue and keeps money at home at a time of increasing world oil prices, he said.

CFDC officials said they will continue to work with EPA and other interested parties as they finalize the rule lifting the restrictions.