After more than a year of waiting since EPA approved its use for 2001 and newer vehicles, 15% ethanol blended motor fuel (E15) could be hitting the streets by this summer.
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the Misfueling Mitigation Plan (MMP) developed by the Renewable Fuels Association, which RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen means the regulatory process is now essentially complete.
“The job now is largely the industry’s to make E15 a commercial reality and we are working hard to make sure that happens,” said Dinneen, and once the marketers receive their approvals, many consumers will be seeing a new, money-saving alternative at the pump. “Given the concern today of skyrocketing gasoline prices, with ethanol being $1 cheaper than gasoline today, any gasoline marketer wanting to utilize E15 is going to be able to offer that product less expensively than E10 or any other fuel that’s available.
Vice President of Technical Services Kristy Moore says RFA spent months developing the MMP. “The plan includes not only requirements for the label and appropriate use, it also includes tools and resources to insure that proper wording appears on shipping and product transfer documents and the development of a fuel survey,” she said.
To get clear information out to retailers, RFA also developed an E15 Retailer Handbook to explain the technical details of offering E15 to consumers. Director of Market Development Robert White says they are already taking the handbook to the streets. “As of today, we will have the new E15 retailer handbook in the hands of more than 13,000 retailers,” White said on Monday.
He added that they are advancing the commercialization of E15 through the BYO Ethanol campaign, a joint venture between the National Corn Growers Association, state corn grower groups, the American Coalition for Ethanol, and RFA.
Listen to or download an audio report about the latest developments toward E15 commercialization here: Ethanol Report on E15 Plan