API Calls on EPA to Lower 2014 Ethanol Mandate

Seeks "stop-gap" for "unworkable mandate"

Bob Greco

WASHINGTON -- The American Petroleum Institute (API) has filed a waiver request for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower the ethanol mandate to below 10% of gasoline demand for 2014. API Downstream Group director Bob Greco said the move is designed to protect consumers and the U.S. economy.

"The RFS is broken beyond repair, and we are calling on the EPA to use its waiver authority to provide a stop-gap measure for this unworkable mandate," Greco said. "Higher ethanol requirements could lead to a reduction in the domestic fuel supply, increased costs and severe harm to the U.S. economy."

The RFS and its requirements could drive up diesel costs by 300% and gasoline costs by 30% by 2015, according to a study by NERA Economic Consulting. Also, API's petition highlights how higher ethanol blends are not a practical solution to the blend wall, especially given that E15 can damage engines and cause vehicles to break down, according to studies by the Coordinating Research Council (also click here).

"While a waiver for 2014 will provide short-term relief from the RFS mandate, the program is outdated and needs to be repealed once and for all," Greco said. "Under the current RFS regime, ethanol requirements will continue to increase while gasoline demand continues to decline. That's why we need a full repeal by Congress."

API filed the waiver in conjunction with American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America's oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members--including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline and marine businesses and service and supply firms--provide most of the nation's energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8% of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested more than $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.