Surmountable “Blend Wall”

Joanna Schroeder

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 11.27.47 AMFuels America recently hosted a briefing on the Hill (Washington, D.C.) to give an update on the so-called “blend wall.” Energy experts and biofuel industry representatives discussed the need to provide consumer choice at the pump. Other topics discussed during the event included: benefits of renewable fuel; penetration  of new fuels like E15  and cellulosic ethanol into the marketplace; compliance flexibility; and Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

Panelists for the event included:

  • Tom Buis, CEO, Growth Energy
  • Dr. Andy Randolph, Engine Technical Director, Richard Childress Racing
  • Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental Section Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
  • Bruce Vollan, Midway Service, Inc.
  • Bob Casper, President, POET Ethanol Products

Tom Buis kicked off the briefing and noted the timing of the event happened to coincide with a spike in oil prices – now higher than $100 per barrel for domestic oil. He said that the oil companies are touting all the oil – new oil finds, oil from shale (i.e. fracking) oil drilled from oceans, and arguing that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)  is not needed. “Well I think this morning’s headlines is just another good example of yes we do. Yes, we need a competitive, alternative to fossil-based fuel.”

You can listen to the Hill briefing, “Surmountable Blend Wall” here: Surmountable Blend Wall

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