E15 Fuel Survey Satisfies Final EPA Requirement

The final federal hurdle to getting 15% ethanol at the pump has officially been satisfied with the funding of a nationwide fuel survey required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The ethanol industry reports that a total of 99 ethanol producers are funding the survey to meet the requirement under the partial waiver approved by EPA.

“Despite owning just a handful of the nation’s 160,000 gas stations that will be the actual participants in the survey, ethanol producers are providing the lion’s share of funding for this survey in order to bring a higher performing, lower cost fuel to the market in E15,” said the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy, and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) in joint announcement praising the industry for stepping up to the plate to help bring E15 to the market.

Efforts to bring E15 to pumps across the nation will now focus on states where regulatory issues must be addressed. Some states, like Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas are prepared for E15 and sales of E15 could commence as soon as all parties are registered with EPA and are implementing the Misfueling Mitigation Plan approved by EPA. However, challenges such as pending litigation and anti-ethanol posturing by some in Congress, make it difficult to predict an exact time frame for the growth of E15 sales volumes nationwide.

The fuel survey is required annually and will be conducted by RFGSA. The survey will be collecting more than 7500 samples each year of all gasolines available nationwide and will begin on May 1, 2012.

4 thoughts on “E15 Fuel Survey Satisfies Final EPA Requirement

  1. I NEED TO RMEIND VERYONE E15 IS JUST AN ALTERANTE FUEL SOURCE AND LIOKE THE REST OF ETHANOL FROM CORN ADDS TO THE LOW LEVEL OZONE A PROVEN SCIENTIFIC FACT
    ALL PER NATURE CREATED BY GOD

    AMEN

  2. Hooray! Ethanol is a clean, efficient, eco-friendly, and cost efficient fuel source for U.S. and world consumers. Ethanol producers continue to make strides in production efficiencies and have already far surpassed that of oil-based gasoline refineries. Educate yourself on the value of today’s ethanol and the future of U.S. energy independence due to alternative fuel sources such as ethanol. This is an exciting day for our nation!

  3. The largest off-shore processing plant for use in making ethanol is now beyond the conceptual planning stages. To be located approximately 295 miles west of Portland OR. in the pacific ocean with a targeted startup in late 2015. Conversion of saltwater to freshwater will be done by reverse-osmosis. Power source by Russian submarine power plant. All the DDG will be shipped to Japan or China. All feedstock of grains as will as cellulosic feedstocks is to be from countries within the pacific rim including Australia. There is a possibility of Multilateral Agencies / Conglomerates with private funding. There will be no oil companies / firms involved.
    Ethanol is the way of the future.