Last month, the House passed the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act, which is essentially just another big tax. One of the interesting parts of the bill though is buried in the Miscellaneous Provisions section. It says, essentially, that every gas station owned by a major gas company has to add at least one alternative fuel pump by 2018. If they don’t comply, they’ll be fined $100k per station.
“Alternative fuel pump” means any pump that holds natural gas; E85 or a higher concentration of ethanol; biodiesel or renewable diesel; or hydrogen. It seems like they’re specifically pushing E85 ethanol though, since there’s a $50,000 tax credit for every station that adds an E85 pump. My guess is that ethanol lobbyists pushed for that particular bit of legislation.
The bill still has to pass through the Senate though. We’ll see how it does.
If you want to check out the bill for yourself, here is the complete text of the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act.