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Growth Energy says biofuels need bigger role in CAFE Standards

A biofuels group has expressed frustration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed fuel-economy standards.

Chris Bliley, senior vice president of regulatory affairs with Growth Energy, says the agency didn’t consider biofuels when setting its latest Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards. “Higher biofuel blends, high octane mid-level blends such as E30, have tremendous benefits and automakers can really take advantage of these high-octane fuels to maximize efficiency of their engines.”

NHTSA’s proposal sets fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans for model years 2030-2035 and passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2027-2032.

Bliley tells Brownfield NHTSA instead used electronic vehicles when calculating baselines for its new standards. “One of the other big pieces that they ignored is the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard that calls for increasing growth of biofuels.”

He says the agency also needs to consider greenhouse gas reduction and energy security benefits of biofuels throughout the final rule.

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