Delay on E15 Waiver “Troubling”

The E15 waiver was a hot topic during Commodity Classic and for good reason: EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, in response to a question asked during a Congressional hearing, said she felt they’d be ready to make a decision late summer. Originally, the EPA was to have ruled on the E15 waiver, that would waive the Clean Air Act to allow up to 15 percent ethanol in motor vehicles, by the beginning of last December. At that time, they deferred to mid-summer – now they are saying possibly by end of summer.

“Though without giving a date, clearly that date has passed and that’s troubling I think, and we’ve got to keep the pressure on,” said Brian Jennings, the Executive Director of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) during an interview with DomesticFuel during Commodity Classic.

According to Jennings, Robert White with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the EPA is doing more work on small engines and the effect of ethanol blends on catalytic converters. This despite the large number of research already available.

“But it does seem frustrating to us that they keep looking for some sort of excuse to delay or not to make the decision when we feel the preponderance of evidence, so far, and as it continues to come in, is going to justify this,” continued Jennings.

Both Vilsack and White agree and feel that the E15 waiver will pass – especially since the Renewable Fuels Standard mandates 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022 and the E10 blend wall is approximately 14 billion gallons and White notes that there are 22 billions gallons above the blend wall that need to find a home.

“E15 is great, but it’s still a band aid for the real issue and the sticking point is going to come very soon and the problem we’ve been facing for well over a decade is you simply can’t flip a light switch for this infrastructure to be there,” explained White.

You can download (mp3 file) or listen to a Robert’s interview here: WhiteE15.CC10.mp3

You can download (mp3 file) or listen to Brian’s interview here: JenningsE15.CC10.mp3

9 thoughts on “Delay on E15 Waiver “Troubling”

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  2. This man needs to go work in a small engine repair shop for a while. He will then learn first hand the detrimental effect E10 fuel is already having on outdoor power equipment engines and components. Adopting E15 will create singificantly more problems with outdoor power equipment and, if he has’t noticed, the number of repair shops continues to decline.

    The production of ethanol consumes more engery than it creates and is environmentaly damaging. His opinion is too obviously biased to be of any value whatsoever.

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  8. First its the catalytic converters, next it is the outdoor small engines, and then its the marine outboard motors. How many holes are we going to test to see if the peg fits. There are thousands of outdoor engines and outboard motors out there. Are we going to test all of them??? E15 should just be allowed to be produced with adviced on its used, be it cars made after 2001 or later. Once E15 is accepted as a cheaper and cleaner fuel as in Brazil these small outdoor engines and marine outboard motors manufacturers will have to make sure it is higher ethanol compatible if they want to keep their market share.

  9. Enough, already. Corn-based ethanol doesn’t help the environment and it presents real operability issues in higher percentages. It’s all a political bribe to farm states. With commodity prices at record highs, let’s bury this foolishness for good.