Open Fuel Standard Introduced in House

engel-rfs-hearingCongressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) this week introduced the Open Fuel Standard Act (H.R. 2493) in the House, legislation which would require 30 percent of new automobiles in 2016, 50 percent in 2017, and 50 percent in each subsequent year, to operate on non-petroleum fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum-based fuels.

“This could include ethanol, methanol, natural gas, electricity, biodiesel, hydrogen or a new technology,” said Rep. Engel, who has sponsored the bill in previous sessions of Congress, during yesterday’s hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard, saying that he believes the legislation would complement the RFS. “It would empower consumers to make a choice about which fuel is best for them.”

Engel says he got the idea for the legislation during a visit to Brazil many years ago when he noticed the variety of fuel choices consumers had. “If it works in Brazil, it can work here if we wish it to work,” he said. Rep. Eliot Engel

“This is all about choice,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen in support of the bill. “Consumers want a choice other than petroleum. A recent poll showed that 76 percent of Americans wanted manufacturers to produce vehicles that run on fuels other than oil. The goal here is to offer consumers the most cost effective and clean energy choice possible.”

The bill also features original co-sponsors Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY-03), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA-13), Tom Cole (R-OK-04), Collin Peterson (D-MN-07) and Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam).

6 thoughts on “Open Fuel Standard Introduced in House

  1. This is a great idea that has been kicked around in various bills. Like to see this get some momentum. I am writing my congressman now to support this.

  2. i appreciate the bill to promote alternative fuels, but where is propane in this thought process? it is clean, abundant and a economical alternative as far as infrastructure.
    all we ask is that propane be kept on a level playing field when alternative fuels are being discussed. it is a green alternative that is a economical choice for consumers, the enviroment and suppliers. PROPANE , IT IS

  3. I’m still trying to find my first “RFA Alternative Fuels” filling station. Tesla is building recharge stations and Clean Energy is building CNG filling stations. Both are growing rapidly. The ethanol industry is big and strong yet the RFA insists on sucking off the tit of the petroleum industry. Propel is expanding its E85 stations in California, but mostly with CARB and other government grants. No gas station gets government support and the RFA shouldn’t either. Get over it and start building your own filling stations. Ethanol is cost competitive against petroleum fuels and should be able to compete on its own. Perhaps a little less talk and political influence and a little more business might be appropriate.

  4. I like it, by all means let’s do it for the sake of future generations who will not be pleased if we don’t take action to avoid placing their future in jeopardy. By the way I should probably mention that my company stands ready to enable this move to succeed.

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  5. @ Mike D.

    We are seeing more E-85 being sold direct in the midwes @ stations owned by ethanol producers. The also sell E-10 which they buy at terminal along with E-15, E-20, E30, E- 50 etc and of course E-85. But you are right, i’d like to see it done this way more often. There are cars, but I’d like to see more. Ford and Dodge have decent E-85 small cars, and GM could but they have chosen not to.

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