Growth Energy

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Growth Energy is an American trade association that represents ethanol producers.


Growth Energy describes its mission as representing "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."[1]


Renewable Fuel Standard[edit]

Growth Energy strongly supports the Renewable Fuel Standard. In a written statement, Tom Buis, co-chairman of the group, said, "“The RFS is the only meaningful policy to help break Big Oil’s stranglehold on the liquid fuels marketplace. This is an energy policy that is working. It is doing exactly what it was intended to do, with great success. It is irresponsible to rely solely on fossil fuels, and we should not put all our eggs in one basket when it comes to our national and energy security. The bottom line is that ten years after the RFS, Americans across the country are celebrating and recognizing a decade of job creation, rural economic revitalization, clean air, innovation, and increased energy independence and consumer choice.”[2]

Corporate Average Fuel Economy/Greenhouse Gas standards[edit]

Speaking of comments submitted by Growth Energy on a Technical Assessment Report on Corporate Average Fuel Economy/Greenhouse Gas (CAFE/GHG) standards, a spokesman said, “Our comments highlight the wealth of available research that outlines the vital role that affordable, higher blends of ethanol can play in helping automakers achieve increasing future GHG and CAFÉ standards. Furthermore, we encourage the agencies involved in this review to not only acknowledge the important role higher blends can play, but ensure they are part of the larger goal in achieving greater efficiency and a reduction in harmful emissions."[3]

Market access[edit]

Increasing consumer access to ethanol is a key issue for the organization. One of the ways Growth Energy does this is by increasing access to ethanol-gasoline blends with higher amounts of ethanol than the standard E10. The organization's "Prime the Pump" program encourages retailers to sell E15, containing about 15% ethanol. Their efforts face a number of challenges. First, many states, such as California, prohibit the sale of E15. Second, regulations on Reid vapor pressure often prohibit the sale of E15 to non-flexfuel cars during the summer.[4]


Emily Skor[edit]

Emily Skor became Growth Energy's CEO in 2016. Before joining Growth Energy, Skor was vice president for communications at vice president of communications at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). She also served as the CHPA Educational Foundation's executive director. Skor was born in Minnesota, where ethanol is an important industry.[5][6] Skor replaced Tom Buis as CEO.[7][8]


Growth Energy presents an annual "Fueling Growth" award to members of the United States Congress. The group calls this award “highest honor given to congressional leaders who advocate for renewable fuels like ethanol and consumer choice at the pump.” The winner for 2016 was Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa.[9]


  1. ^ "Who We Are". Growth Energy. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ "RFS IMPACT AFTER TEN YEARS? RESOUNDING SUCCESS" (Press release). Washington, DC: Growth Energy. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  3. ^ "Growth Energy Files Comments on CAFE/GHG draft Technical Assessment Report on 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Standards". Fuel Marketer News. United States. October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  4. ^ SCHROEDER, JOANNA (8 September 2016). "Growth's Manning Talks #E15 Market Access". AgWired. United States. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  5. ^ Zimmerman, Chuck (23 June 2016). "Get to Know Emily Skor, CEO, @GrowthEnergy". AgWired. United States. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  6. ^ Skor, Emily (13 June 2016). "Advocating for America's Success Story". Ethanol Producer Magazine. United States. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  7. ^ Mufston, Steve (15 June 2011). "Ethanol subsidy faces more Senate tests". The Washington Post. United States. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  8. ^ Lane, Isabel (18 April 2016). "Emily Skor to replace Tom Buis as CEO of Growth Energy". Biofuels Digest. United States. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Grassley receives Fueling Growth award from Growth Energy". Ethanol Producer Magazine. United States. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.