US Senate pushes for new biofuels legislation

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Growth Energy has welcomed the introduction of legislation to fast-track infrastructure investments designed to open new markets for higher ethanol blends like E15.
The Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act would authorise $500 million (€411 million) over five years for infrastructure grants, building on successful programmes like the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Programme (HBIIP).
It would also require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalise proposed rules that would eliminate onerous labelling and underground tank requirements that limit access to E15.
CEO Emily Skor said: “Higher biofuel blends play a vital role in America’s fight against climate change, and the transition to E15 alone could slash greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 18 million tonnes per year – equal to removing 3.85 million vehicles from the road.
“With support from our champions in Congress, and fewer roadblocks at EPA, there’s no reason why every driver in America cannot take advantage of low-carbon biofuels to reduce their own footprint while saving money at the pump. We urge leaders in Congress and at EPA to ensure that biofuels remain a top infrastructure priority as we work to fast-track America’s climate progress and ensure healthy air for all.”