The recovery of the U.S. economy, helped by greater fuel availability, helped push sales of E15, a gasoline containing 15% ethanol, to a record 814 million gallons in 2021, said the Renewable Fuels Association on Wednesday. Sales were 62% higher than the 504 million gallons sold in 2020, according to RFA estimates.
The FRG, a trade group for ethanol makers, and farm group allies say the Biden administration should use its administrative powers to allow year-round sales of E15 to combat high fuel prices . A federal appeals court ruled last year that the Trump administration exceeded its authority by allowing E15 sales during the summer.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan told senators that his agency is “evaluating options we may have at the EPA to consider using E15 at a level that would be useful to the American people and to help relieve some of the pain we’ve seen from Russia.” launched this war against Ukraine,” S&P Global reported Wednesday.
The Iowa and Kansas attorneys general asked Regan to issue an emergency waiver that would allow summer sales of E15, Ethanol Producer Magazine said. Sales are banned in two-thirds of the country as a precaution against air pollution.