Frequently Asked Questions
What is Growth Energy?
Growth Energy represents the producers and supporters of ethanol who feed the world and fuel America in ways that achieve energy independence, improve economic well-being and create a healthier environment for all Americans now.
Which companies make up Growth Energy?
Growth Energy is comprised of many American ethanol producers and other organizations in the industry, including ICM, Western Plains Energy, Big River Renewable Resources, Green Plains Renewable Energy and POET, just to name a few.
Where is Growth Energy located?
Growth Energy has offices in Washington, D.C. and Omaha, Neb., but represents thousands of people from across the country who have registered their support for our efforts, from suburban moms who want clean air for their kids to small business owners who want to protect themselves from cartel-driven spikes in gas prices. Growth Energy’s members include 79 plants and 66 affiliated companies in 22 states.
How can I get involved with Growth Energy?
There are a many ways that you can help Growth Energy spread its message about the benefits of ethanol. To become a Growth Energy member or join our eTeam, please visit the membership options page under the About tab on our website here.
What is American Ethanol?
Representing a wide array of ethanol supporters, from farmers to bio-engineering firms, American Ethanol was established by Growth Energy in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association and others. By establishing a marketing partnership with NASCAR® starting with the 2011 racing season, the same year that NASCAR switched its fuel to Sunoco Green E15, American Ethanol aims to educate and inform the broader American public about the benefits of U.S.-made ethanol.
What is E15?
E15 is a blend of gasoline and up to 15 percent ethanol. Prior to the Environmental Protection Agency's October, 2011 waiver decision, the amount of ethanol in motor vehicle gasoline was limited to 10 percent (E10). E10 was granted a waiver under Clean Air Act section 211(f)(4) more than 30 years ago and is now ubiquitous in the marketplace, making up over 90 percent of the U.S. gasoline market.
What is the Renewable Fuel Standard?
The RFS program was created under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, and established the first renewable fuel volume mandate in the United States. As required under EPAct, the original RFS program (RFS1) required 7.5 billion gallons of renewable-fuel to be blended into gasoline by 2012. Under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, the RFS program was expanded. RFS2 lays the foundation for achieving significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from the use of renewable fuels, for reducing imported petroleum and encouraging the development and expansion of our nation's renewable fuels sector. Learn more about the RFS and how Growth Energy is working to maintain this important program.
What is a Flex Fuel pump?
A Flex Fuel pump is a filling station fuel pump that allows consumers to select the desired blend of gasoline and ethanol. Increasing the number of Flex Fuel pumps across the country will help deliver ethanol to consumers and end the near-monopoly on transportation fuels enjoyed by the petroleum industry.
What is the Growth Energy Green Jobs Waiver?
In March 2009, Growth Energy submitted a waiver to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lift the arbitrary regulatory cap on ethanol from a 10 percent blend of ethanol to a 15 percent blend of ethanol in our gas supply. High‐tech ethanol is cleaner and greener than ever before. Blending higher percentages of ethanol into our gas is a step we can take right now to create American jobs, increase our energy independence, and improve our environment. It would also ensure a market for the emerging cellulosic ethanol industry. In January 2011, the EPA approved the use of E15 for vehicles built after 2001 - representing 67 percent of the auto fleet and more than 75 percent of the fuel consumed.