Year-Round E15 Access: KCGA’s Advocacy and Emergency Waiver Drive Summer Fuel Savings

By Trish Svoboda

Motorists can still save on superior-quality fuel, due to the emergency waiver issued by the Biden Administration for summer sales of E15 (15% ethanol fuel), which has become popular among fuel retailers statewide. According to leaders of the Kansas Corn Growers Association (KCGA), this waiver ensures consumer access to E15, a fuel known for its affordability, high octane rating, and environmental advantages. The waiver offers relief from an antiquated regulation that would otherwise hinder summer sales of E15.

KCGA President J.D. Hanna, Silver Lake, said this waiver is needed and appreciated. Kansas Corn has been active in helping retailers get funding to add infrastructure to offer E15 fuel as a choice, and it’s been exciting to see the rapid expansion of the fuel. She said 120 gas stations have the fuel available across the state.

According to Josh Roe, KCGA CEO, eight midwest states will have year-round E15 fuel starting next year.

“We’re thankful for the efforts of President Biden and EPA in granting this waiver for 2024, but we are also looking for longer-term solutions,” Roe said. “Governor Laura Kelly’s leadership in asking the administration for the E15 waiver is appreciated by our growers, and we encourage her to take further action to give fuel retailers regulatory certainty by joining the eight Midwest states that recently received an exemption from the summertime E15 restrictions.”

KCGA and the National Corn Growers Associations continue collaborating with partners, such as those in the petroleum sector, to advocate for federal laws that would ensure uninterrupted, year-round availability of E15.

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