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Growth Energy Applauds Congressional Letters Calling for E15 Emergency Waiver

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Growth Energy, the nation’s largest biofuel trade association, commended a bipartisan group of senators and representatives today after they sent two letters to the Biden administration calling for an emergency waiver that would permit the sale of E15—a fuel blend made with 15% bioethanol—this summer.

Twenty six lawmakers from the House of Representatives signed onto a letter calling on the administration to “expeditiously take action to permit the nationwide sale of gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) fuel during the 2024 summer driver season.” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor issued the following statement in response:

“The planet benefits and consumers save money when they can fill up their cars with E15. In the absence of a federal legislative fix, we need EPA to act now to provide an emergency waiver, so that retailers have enough time to ensure their supplies of this more affordable, earth-friendly fuel won’t be interrupted this summer. We thank Representatives Craig, Smith, Pocan, and Johnson for leading the charge on this critical issue, and hope this letter spurs the EPA into taking action on behalf of American drivers.”

A full copy of the House letter is available here.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, 20 lawmakers signed onto a letter to the administration, noting that “American biofuels remain a straightforward, no-cost solution to shoring up our energy supply and reducing consumer costs, and issuing a waiver for the 2024 summer driving season remains in the public’s best interest.” Skor said the following in response:

“All of the conditions that made an E15 waiver so important in past years are still present. If EPA doesn’t take action, American motorists would lose access to a more affordable fuel option this summer. We can’t afford to wait any longer – we need EPA to act now. We commend Senator Thune, Senator Durbin, and other bipartisan Senate biofuel champions for pushing the administration to do the right thing and allow E15 to be sold this summer.”

A full copy of the Senate letter is available here.

ABOUT E15 (UNL88)

E15 (UNL 88) is a fuel blend made of gasoline and 15% ethanol. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its use in all cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) made in model year 2001 and newer—representing more than 96% of all vehicles on the road today. E15 can be found at over 3,400 gas stations across the country and to date, Americans have driven more than 100 billion miles on this fuel blend. In 2022 and 2023, consumers choosing E15 experienced average cost savings of 10-30 cents per gallon, with some locations offering over $1 off per gallon.

ABOUT GROWTH ENERGY
Growth Energy is the leading voice of America’s biofuel industry. Our members operate and support biomanufacturing facilities at the heart of America’s bioeconomy, delivering a new generation of plant-based energy and climate solutions. For more information, visit us at GrowthEnergy.org, follow us on X (formerly Twitter) at @GrowthEnergy, or connect with us on Facebook.

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