Growth Energy files NHTSA comments in support of ethanol blends

By Growth Energy | August 28, 2017

Growth Energy recently filed comments with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as it prepares an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles.

The comments consist largely of study and analysis that Growth Energy filed with the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of the use of a high-octane, midlevel ethanol blend.

"It has long been recognized that vehicles and fuels operate as a system, and to undertake significant changes and increases in the stringency of tailpipe GHG standards without an examination of potential changes in the fuel used by these vehicles makes little sense," Growth Energy Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley said.

"Ethanol is a proven high-octane fuel that significantly reduces emissions. Policymakers should examine the literature about the benefits of using a high-octane midlevel ethanol blend in conjunction with modern engines to achieve future fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards."