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Year-round E15 benefits Hoosier farmers and consumers

Contact: Dave Blower Jr. at 317-644-0980; dblower@indianasoybean.com

 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 31, 2019) — The Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) celebrates the Trump Administration achieving its planned goal to allow year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol blends – known as E15 – before the summer driving season opens on June 1.

 

“We appreciate the work that went into following through on this promise,” said ICGA President Sarah Delbecq, who is a farmer from Auburn, Ind. “Ethanol is a vital consumer of Indiana corn, and any expanded use of ethanol financially helps Hoosier farmers. This rule, which supports ethanol use and promotes corn demand, has certainly been a long time coming, and Indiana growers definitely welcome this announcement.”

 

The final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) eliminates an outdated barrier that requires retailers in many parts of the country to stop selling E15 during the summer months. The rule allows E15 to receive the same summer volatility adjustment EPA permits for E10.

 

E15 lowers fuel prices for drivers by 3-10 ten cents per gallon and results in lower emissions, which improves air quality for everyone. Blending additional ethanol replaces some the most harmful components in gasoline, and cleaner ethanol results in 43 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.

 

Indiana ranks as the fifth-largest producer of U.S. ethanol – generating more than 1.1 billion gallons per year. The Hoosier State produces 7.8 percent of the total U.S. ethanol output. The state’s production will increase when its 15th ethanol plant goes online during the first quarter of 2020. Collectively, these ethanol plants consume nearly 47 percent of Indiana’s total corn crop – more than 461 million bushels.

 

Earlier this spring during an EPA public hearing in Ypsilanti, Mich., Delbecq supported the agency’s plan to provide year-round E15 sales. At that same meeting, though, she expressed concerns with EPA approving waivers for small oil refineries that chose not to blend ethanol in accordance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). These waivers have had a very negative effect on Indiana corn farmers farmers. Specifically, in 2018, the EPA waived 2.64 gallons of ethanol, which nearly offset Indiana’s entire corn output from 2017.

 

“These waivers directly impacted rural America and corn farmers,” Delbecq added. “With immense uncertainty now and in the future for the ag economy due to planting delays and trade disruptions, more waiver abuse would only exacerbate the damage to farmers’ bottom line and overall demand for corn. To offer a source of stability, the EPA needs to fulfill the intended goals and promises in the original RFS.”

 

The Indiana Corn Growers Association, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 9 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide. Learn more at www.incorn.org/icga

 

This communication was not funded with Indiana corn checkoff dollars.