Twelve years since the original Renewable Fuel Standard was passed in 2005 and 10 years after it was expanded in 2007, the numbers tell an objective story of how successful the legislation has been in a new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association.
“RFS Impacts: By the Numbers” compares data from 2005 and 2007 to 2016 and gets some pretty impressive numbers:
300 percent – Increase in ethanol production since 2005
728 percent – Increase in stations offering E85 for Flex Fuel Vehicles since 2005
Zero – Number of stations offering E15 in 2007
574 – Number of stations offering E15 in 2017
47.1 million metric tons – GHG emissions avoided by using ethanol in place of gasoline
RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper says EPA is expected to issue its proposed 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS at any time so they did the analysis to remind everyone of what a success the program has been.
In this edition of The Ethanol Report podcast, Cooper talks about the RFS numbers, as well as ethanol production and exports this year: Ethanol Report on RFS Analysis