AMA: EPA ethanol plans for 2018 down, but not far enough

PICKERINGTON, OH – EPA’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements are a reduction from 2017 demands, but “do not reflect the agency’s promise to listen to consumers who have registered a low demand for higher ethanol brands,” the American Motorcyclist Association stated.

AMA wants a larger reduction “because higher ethanol mandates force greater amounts of high-ethanol fuel, such as E15, into the marketplace. An increase in the supply of E15 can lead to more inadvertent misfueling — caused by blender pumps and confusing pump labels — by motorcyclists.”

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs in use in the United States is approved by EPA to operate on blends higher than E10; moreover, higher ethanol blends may cause engine and fuel system damage, and void manufacturers’ warranties, AMA noted.

EPA’s Renewable Volume Obligations call for 19.24 billion gallons of biofuel for 2018, which is a drop of less than 1 percent from previous volume requirements. The proposed rule is now in its 45-day comment phase.

According to the EPA’s proposed rule, of the 19.24 billion gallons of biofuels proposed for 2018, 15 billion gallons would come from conventional renewables – primarily, corn ethanol. EPA said the “volume of ethanol that can be consumed as E10 in 2018 is projected to be 14.29 billion gallons.”

“We are encouraged that the EPA is not proposing another increase in ethanol mandates,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations. “But we would prefer that the agency recognize what America’s marketplace is saying: ‘Consumers don’t want higher ethanol fuel blends.’”

The proposed rule can be downloaded HERE

 

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