Pinpointing Policy: Renewable Fuels
The Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced “finalized regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver that currently applies to E10 during the summer months.” As a result, the sale of E15 will be allowed but not required year-round.
Kansas Farm Bureau member-developed policy speaks generally to this topic:
- Increased efforts to develop, promote and utilize products derived from the crops and livestock produced by our nation’s farmers and ranchers;
- Consumer education, promotion efforts and incentives, including retailers’ incentives, to expand the production and use of agricultural-based alternative and renewable fuels (AG-7, pg. 10)
The American Farm Bureau Federation has applauded this announcement, based on the stances listed in the 2019 AFBF policy book, including:
- Production and use of agricultural based fuels;
- Efforts to educate consumers and industry on the benefits of biofuel blends higher than 10 percent; (404.1.4, 404.2.1.3, pg. 64)