EPA Set to Allow Summer Sales of E15

The move may lower the cost of fuel for consumers.

April 28, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The EPA is set to announce today that it will temporarily exempt E15, gasoline blended with up to 15% ethanol, “from volatility requirements that effectively block sales from June 1 to Sept. 15 throughout much of the country,” Bloomberg reports.

Last year the EPA made a similar move in order to offset increases in gas prices. President Biden said at the time that it was "not going to solve all our problems, but it's going to help some people. And I'm committed to do whatever I can to help—even if it's an extra buck or two in their pockets as they fill up—to make a difference in people's lives."

Earlier this month NACS, along with SIGMA and NATSO, which collectively represent 90 percent of the motor fuel sales in the United States, urged the EPA to authorize the summertime sale of E15.

Ethanol advocates have lobbied the administration to announce the waiver. The EPA is likely to justify the move by citing “similar conditions that provided the foundation for a series of the temporary waivers last year,” including price volatility due to the war in Ukraine.

An analysis conducted for the pro-ethanol group Growth Energy said that when summertime E15 sales were greenlighted last year, the blend cost nearly $1-per-gallon less than conventional E10 in some areas, Bloomberg reports.