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COALITION FORMALLY PETITIONS EPA TO ALLOW UP TO 15% ETHANOL IN GASOLINE
POSTED: MAR 06, 2009
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), the nation's largest ethanol advocacy association, joined a broad alliance of groups to formally petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow the use of up to 15 percent ethanol in gasoline for motor vehicles. ACE joined Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition along with several next-generation cellulosic ethanol companies in making the formal waiver application.
For the many consumers who have had difficulty managing E10 gas blends in their engines in recent years, ACE's Press release and push for E15 is bad news.
While Fuel-testers strongly promotes any alternative/renewable fuel type that will replace petroleum, E15 is not a solution to our energy crisis and pollution.
It's time for consumers to SPEAK OUT to assure they will have a choice at the gas pumps for the type of fuel recommended by their engine's manufacturer.
Fuel-Testers Comments: I firmly believe ACE (the nation's largest ethanol promotion advocacy group) and other ethanol supporters should return to their original plan (1998 onward) to promote E85 for use in flex fuel vehicles only.
While a newer, small engine automobile should have no problems running on ethanol 10 to 15% ethanol conventional gasoline, many engines have encountered great difficulty with E10 (marine, motorcycle, lawn equipment, snowmobiles, high performance vehicles, classic cars, etc.), and E15 will only increase the risk for unnecessary engine damage and gas water absorption.
For years ACE has tried to get the major engine manufacturers to approve E20 use, and failed -
Plus, the U.S. government renewable fuel ethanol quotas/mandates proposed and approved (2004 onward) were based on the expectation that consumers would switch to flex fuel vehicles that run on E85 gasoline.
While Brazil has been successful in encouraging consumers to switch from petroleum gas to E100 ethanol fuels, the U.S. has not.
Instead most states have added up to 10% ethanol into conventional fuel (E10) in a futile attempt to meet their increasing renewable fuel quotas.
As a result, many people have been turned off to ethanol in gas, due to the reality that many gas powered engines (especially older) were not designed for use of gasoline that contains any ethanol. E85 and E100 ethanol fuel (in a specially designed flex-fuel vehicle) makes sense to decrease petroleum use and imports - E10 to E20 in a conventional vehicle does not.
View Waiver Application on EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-AIR/2009/April/Day-21/a9115.htm
"Higher Ethanol Blends Present Many Changes" 03/11/2009 by Gary Truitt, Hoosier AG Today
"As HAT reported on Tuesday, the push is on by the ethanol industry to increase the amount of ethanol blended into our fuel supply. Yet the move from 10% to 15% faces some formidable challenges, Raising the standard is vital for the success and continued growth of the ethanol industry, says Bob Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association. But as he told an ethanol conference last week more research is needed to assure the engine makers, ...“. Read full article at: http://www.hoosieragtoday.com/wire/news/02285_blend_wall_172550.php
"OPEI concerned over E15 fuel issue" 03/09/2009 by Landscape Management/OPEI
"The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has serious concerns with a premature rush to 15 percent ethanol (E15) or other mid-level fuel blends as being suggested by pro-ethanol producers. Without a formal waiver process through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a continued misinterpretation of test results from a recent Department of Energy (DOE) report, introducing E15 and higher fuels to the marketplace for existing equipment pose serious risks to American consumers and businesses...".
Read full article at: http://www.opei.org/ht/d/Articles/pid/187
E15 - In The News...
Fuel-Testers Comments (March 2009)
"Ethanol Producers Press for Higher Limits" 03/06/2009 by Steven Mufson - Washington Post
"The nation's ethanol producers are urging the Obama administration to raise the 10 percent limit on ethanol in motor fuel to 15 percent or more, a move they hope will create new demand at a time when many distilleries are idle.
The producers say higher ethanol blends would help create jobs and reduce petroleum imports. Moreover, without a change in the 10 percent limit, ethanol makers say it could be difficult to fulfill a congressional mandate for renewable fuel use and the makers of new forms of ethanol, which rely on raw materials other than corn, could be locked out of the fuel market.
"This is about jobs, energy security for America, improving the environment and meeting our legal responsibilities under the 2007 energy bill," said retired Gen. Wesley Clark, co-chairman of a group of ethanol firms called Growth Energy. .."
"But many critics say the push for higher ethanol limits is really about propping up the heavily subsidized ethanol industry and giving a boost to venture capital firms that are still struggling to come up with an economically competitive way to produce other forms of ethanol made from plants that do not compete with food products. In addition, the American Petroleum Institute and some carmakers say they want to wait to make sure that higher percentages of ethanol in gasoline won't damage vehicles' engine parts. ..."
Read full article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/05/AR2009030503815.html