Advancing Alternative Fuels: Three Retail Motor Fuel Trade Associations Outline Suggested Principles to Biden Administration

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C.

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Three trade associations representing the United States retail motor fuel community sent a January 27th letter to Biden Administration officials outlining what they believe are “key principles” for the advancement of alternative fuels in the marketplace.

The January 27th letter was co-authored by the following organizations:

  • National Association of Convenience Stores
  • National Association of Truck Stop Operators
  • Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (collectively “NATSO”)

The letter was addressed to:

  • The Honorable Peter Buttigieg, Secretary-Designate, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • The Honorable Jennifer Granholm, Secretary-Designate, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Michael Regan, Administrator-Designate, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Honorable Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor, Executive Office of the President

By way of introduction, NATSO states their belief that the:

. . . most expeditious and economical way to achieve environmental advancements in transportation energy technology is through market-oriented, consumer-focused policies that encourage our membership to offer more alternatives.

NATSO further argues:

  • Fuel retailers are prepared to invest in transportation energy technologies desired by their customers.
  • The private sector is best equipped to facilitate a faster, more widespread, cost effective transition to alternatives (with the right alignment of policy incentives).

The letter outlines principles that NATSO argues would:

  • Create new jobs
  • Accelerate the deployment of advanced alternative fuel, infrastructure and vehicles
  • Benefit customers through a competitive/robust marketplace
  • Drive massive economic investment
  • Improve air quality

The six principles outlined in the letter include:

  • Science should be the foundation for transportation climate policies.
  • Establish performance goals without mandating specific technologies to allow for the benefits of innovation and technology development.
  • Develop competitive market incentives to ensure a level playing field and provide long-term consumer benefits.
  • Harness existing infrastructure to help commercialize new technology, maximize diverse investments, and achieve near-term and long-term emission reduction goals.
  • Set consistent, uniform national policy so that (i) the market has certainty to help it invest, and (ii) state policies do not create inconsistent or counterproductive measures.
  • Ensure fair treatment so that all households are not forced to subsidize alternative energy users.

A copy of the January 27th letter can be downloaded here.

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