EPA to again allow E15 to be sold in the summer

On April 26, 2024, in Ethanol, RFS, by David Elrod

EPA this week announced it will again allow the sales of E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, in the summer months.

EPA has also issued these waivers in 2022 and 2023.

Sales of E15 during the summer months are banned under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the underlying statute that established the U.S. ethanol industry, due to concerns about impacts on air quality due to fuel volatility by burning that particular fuel blend during hotter weather.

EPA said it “does not expect any impact on air quality,” despite the RFS statute including such a prohibition. “Allowing E15 sales during the summer driving seasons will increase fuel supply, while supporting American farmers, strengthening our nation’s energy security, and providing relief to drivers across the country,” EPA said in a press release.