Report from the Renewable Fuels Association found that unbranded or independent stations are roughly four to six times more likely to offer E85 and 40 times more likely to offer E15 than stations carrying a “Big Five” oil brand
Klobuchar and Grassley have called on the Federal Trade Commission to evaluate concerns that oil companies may be engaging in anti-competitive practices
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today said that a new report on anti-competitive practices by oil companies to block biofuels underscores the need for action to protect consumers. The report from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) found that unbranded or independent stations are roughly four to six times more likely to offer E85 and 40 times more likely to offer E15 than stations carrying a “Big Five” oil brand. Klobuchar and Grassley have called on the Federal Trade Commission to evaluate concerns that oil companies may be engaging in anti-competitive practices. Klobuchar is the chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee and Grassley is the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.
“Homegrown renewable fuels help spur innovation in our economy and strengthen our country’s energy security,” Klobuchar said. “That’s why I’ve called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible anticompetitive practices by oil companies that block these fuels from making it to consumers. This new report underscores the need for the FTC to look into these allegations, and I will continue pushing to ensure that consumers have access to the cheaper, cleaner fuels they deserve.”
“The Renewable Fuel Standard was designed to ensure consumers have a choice of homegrown renewable energy over foreign or fossil fuel. But, this report makes clear that big international oil companies don’t want the competition from cleaner, domestic renewable fuels. Instead, they are doing everything they can to prevent consumers from having the choice,” Grassley said. “It’s the actions of these big oil interests that are standing in the way of meeting the requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard, and so far, based on the EPA proposal for 2014, the agency has fallen for big oil’s rhetoric. Big oil interests can’t argue for repeal of the RFS because it doesn’t work when they’re the ones responsible for ensuring that consumers don’t have the choice for higher ethanol blends. I hope the EPA comes around and gets the RFS right in the end.”
The report’s “Consumer Choice Report Card” shows less than one percent of branded stations offer E15 or E85. Of nearly 48,000 retail gas stations carrying a “Big Five” oil company brand, less than 300 offer E85 or E15.