Trump Announces E15 Waiver Support

The Trump Administration is apparently planning to allow E15 sales year-round. During the White House agriculture roundtable on Thursday, President Trump announced his support for E15 sales year-round without a cap on RIN prices, according to attendee Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. Ethanol groups have argued that allowing year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol blended fuels would be a “win-win” for agriculture and refiners, who have alleged that RIN prices are over-burdensome.

Growth Energy applauded the comments from Trump, calling the move a “common-sense fix.” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says a waiver lifting the Reid Vapor Pressure limits on summer-time E15 sales “allows retailers to offer better options alongside traditional blends all year long.”

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson applauded the move as well, but says, “More can and should be done for higher blends of ethanol.” NFU called on the administration to eliminate similar barriers to expanded use of higher blends of ethanol, such as E30.