Biofuels groups urge Walz to continue pushing for year-round E15 solution
The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels), along with other biofuels and agriculture players in the state, sent a letter to Governor Tim Walz on October 17 asking him to remain committed to a solution. regulation that will ensure year – round availability of E15.
In April of this year, eight Midwestern governors, including Walz, asked the US EPA to begin a rule-making process to remove unnecessary and outdated regulations that prevent the sale of E15 during the season. summer driving.
Governors are asking the EPA to remove the 1 PSI Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver for E10 blends. This action would eliminate the current disparity between E10 and E15 and put the two fuels on equal regulatory footing during the summer months.
“We thank Governor Walz for working with other Midwestern governors to find a regulatory solution that will allow E15 to be sold year-round in Minnesota. As pressure from the oil industry to back off from putting E15 on a regulatory footing increases, we ask that they stay committed to this common-sense solution so that Minnesotans can fully realize the economic and environmental benefits of E15,” said Brian Werner, Executive Director of MN Bio-Comustibles.
In addition to MN Bio-Fuels, other signatories to the letter were the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU), POET LLC, and Green Plains Inc.
“The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is extremely grateful for Governor Walz’s continued efforts to ensure consumer access to E15 year-round. We thank Governor Walz for working with a bipartisan group of Midwestern governors to exercise their authority under the Clean Air Act to ensure the E15 can be sold year-round. Minnesota leads the nation in the number of fuel retailers offering higher blends of ethanol to consumers and this action will help ensure uninterrupted market access starting June 1, 2023,” said Richard Syverson, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, E15 sales in Minnesota from June through August of this year were 27.25 million gallons, 12% more than the volume sold in the previous three months.
“Minnesota Farmers Union leaders have been instrumental in building the state’s biofuels industry and Governor Tim Walz has been a dependable champion. Biofuels are a win-win-win solution, providing markets for family farmers while creating jobs in rural areas and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Gary Wertish, President of MFU. “We thank Governor Walz for his continued support of year-round E15 and lower-cost fuel at the pumps.”
Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Dan Glessing said the organization appreciates Governor Walz’s bipartisan efforts to secure access to E15.
“Higher ethanol blends provide consumers with cleaner, more affordable fuels, farmers with new markets for their crops, and jobs across the state,” he said.
Read the full letter here.