President to Lift Ban on Higher Ethanol Gasoline

President Donald Trump is expected Oct. 9 to lift a federal ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, known as E-15, a senior White House official told reporters. The move will be coupled with restrictions on biofuel credit trading sought by merchant refiners like Valero Energy Corp and PBF Energy Inc. Those rules would be aimed at retailers and oil majors accused by merchant refiners of driving up cost of complying with biofuels blending laws.

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NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov said the retail fuels community appreciates the Trump Administration's efforts to remove legal impediments to offering fuel consumers the products that they may want to purchase, but said there is serious concern that the Administration is also considering certain so-called 'transparency' proposals in conjunction with allowing E15 to be sold year-round.

"These proposals are solutions in search of problems and should not be pursued because they are unnecessary," Fialkov said. "The RIN market as it exists today is structurally sound; it provides the necessary price discovery and risk management vehicles for parties in the production, distribution, and blending of renewable fuels. The RIN market is what enables biofuels to be consumed in the United States.

"Many of the 'transparency' proposals that the Administration is reportedly considering would undermine renewable fuels markets. They were designed by certain refiners that have not sufficiently invested in bringing renewable fuels to market. They are simply the latest iteration of bad ideas that these refining companies continue throwing at the wall, hoping one will eventually stick. Allowing E15 to be sold year-round, though best achieved through the legislative process, would help limit the damage that EPA's back-room small refinery waivers have imposed upon farmers and renewable fuel producers in recent months. It would be unfortunate for this step to be nullified by misguided policies masquerading as transparency measures."

via Business Feeds

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