(Posted Wed. May 22nd, 2013)
May 22: As public awareness of the many economic and energy security benefits ethanol offers continues to grow, demand for higher blends of ethanol is also on the rise. This month, Wisconsin became the sixth state to offer E15 as a fuel option for consumers. With E15 already available in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, American drivers now have more choices at the fuel pump across a greater portion of the country.
“Decisions by the EPA opened the door for broader E15 availability, and fuel station operators in many areas see how much sense E15 makes for both many drivers and our country as a whole,” said NCGA Ethanol Committee Chairman Chad Willis, a farmer from Minnesota. “E15 has undergone some of the most extensive testing ever performed and proven that it offers a reliable, green option. Whether on the track at NASCAR races or on the road in America’s cars, E15 helps reduce pollution and our dependence of foreign fuels.”
E15, which is a fuel blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, is a new, higher octane fuel. E15 was approved for use in model year 2001 and newer cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles and all flex-fuel vehicles by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through a second partial waiver in January 2011.
More than 62 percent of the cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today are approved to use E15 and that number continues to grow every day. Already, these vehicles consume more than 80 percent of all unleaded fuel sold in the United States. Thus, there is an incredible opportunity to grow the use of this more sustainable, domestically produced biofuel and thus reap a more substantial benefit to our economy and environment.
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