Egg Industry News and Commentary

  —  Apr 12

Legislation to Restrict Ethanol Dilution of Gasoline


The 2017 EPA RFS mandate calls for 19.3 billion gallons of ethanol to be blended into gasoline in the U.S. This amounts to 10.7% of total volume of fuel based on predicted consumption. The Renewable Fuels Industry has promoted an increase in the blend ceiling from 10% to 15%. This action would be injurious to a large proportion of the U.S. vehicles on the road. Legislation currently prevents the USDA from funding conversion of gas station pumps to multi-blend delivery at a cost approximating $50,000 per unit. To date the excess supply of ethanol is exported.


A number of state legislators have introduced bills to limit ethanol “dilution” to 10% by volume. H.R. 1315, the RFS Reform Act of 2017 introduced by Representative Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) would restrict addition to the current level of 10%. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Goodlatte who is an opponent of the RFS concurrently introduced H. R. 1314 calling for the elimination of the Renewable Fuels Standard.

This bill is also being referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. H.R. 119 introduced by Michael Burgess (R-TX) would cap ethanol addition at 10%. S.B. 115 has been introduced into the Georgia Senate to restrict the level of ethanol addition within the state. In addition Senate Resolution 205 requests the U.S. Congress to eliminate the RFS on the grounds that it is damaging to gasoline-powered engines especially those installed on motorcycles, stationary equipment and off-road vehicles.