Ethanol industry wants a seat at the table on fuel economy rollback

Source: By John Siciliano and Josh Siegle, Washington Examiner • Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The ethanol industry wants the Trump administration to carve out a place for it as it rolls back the Obama administration’s strict fuel-economy rules for automakers.

The Renewable Fuels Association, representing ethanol producers, explained Monday morning in comments filed to the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that higher blends of the ethanol “would enable cost-effective gains in fuel economy and significant carbon dioxide reductions.”

The Trump replacement, called the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient vehicles rule, or SAFE, would freeze fuel-efficiency and emissions requirements for cars at just above current levels, instead of advancing a fleetwide average of 54 miles per gallon in the next decade.

The ethanol industry want the final rule to include a minimum octane standard for gasoline that would encourage the use of more ethanol, which it argues will help automakers achieve SAFE’s fuel-economy and emissions targets.