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NEWS UPDATE April 12, 2013

EPA Opens Door To Raising Gasoline Octane Rating In ‘Tier III’ Fuel Rule

Dawn Reeves, Inside EPA, 4/12/13  •    •  Posted April 12, 2013

EPA’s “Tier III” fuel and vehicle emissions rule opens the door to raising gasoline’s octane level — a rating of a fuel’s performance — to promote better-performing cleaner fuels and engines, but automakers and biofuel advocates are criticizing the agency for proposing that the onus be on automakers to ensure the fuels are available given refiner resistance. Automakers have long sought higher octane levels in regular fuel, which currently averages an 87 rating, because they do not want to mandate that consumers purchase higher octane mid-grade at 89 or premium at 92 that are far more expensive. But they say they need even higher octane levels to ensure that technologies, such as direct fuel injection and turbocharge operate properly, boosting efficiency and reducing emissions, making it easier for automakers to comply with EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) tailpipe rule that requires fleets to average 54.5 miles per gallon in 2025. [ read more … ]

Bills to reform, repeal RFS introduced in the House

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 12, 2013

Standing in front of the Capitol yesterday, flanked by bipartisan supporters, a Republican lawmaker rolled out a reform bill aimed at cutting the targets set in the renewable fuel standard and removing corn ethanol’s eligibility for credit. The same lawmaker also then quietly introduced legislation that would completely repeal the standard, which U.S. EPA uses to set yearly levels of ethanol and advanced biofuel. [ read more … ]

2 economists propose RFS freeze

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 12, 2013

As the tug of war over biofuels continues on Capitol Hill, a pair of agricultural economists are calling for a two-year freeze in the renewable fuel standard’s requirements. Scott Irwin and Darrel Good of the University of Illinois say a freeze would let policymakers figure out how to address the various RFS issues and allow for modest growth in the market for gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, E15. “We believe our proposal to freeze [renewable fuel standard] mandates in 2014 and 2015 at 2013 levels represents a pragmatic way forward,” Irwin and Good wrote this week in Farmdoc Daily, an online University of Illinois agriculture publication. [ read more … ]

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