The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a solution to address specific concerns about retail sales of 15% ethanol (E15) ensuring that gasoline with up to 10 percent ethanol is available at each station when also offering the higher octane fuel E15.
Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Director of Market Development Robert White explains that the solution will eliminate the need for a four-gallon minimum fueling transaction when E15 is sold from the same hose as E10, E0 or both.
Advocates for motorcyclists and small engines had expressed concern that EPA’s four-gallon minimum requirement would make it difficult for those low volume customers to find fuel appropriate for their vehicles. With today’s announcement, their concerns have been eliminated. The configuration approved by EPA will recommend that retailers either sell E15 from a dedicated hose, or have at least one fueling position that does not have E15 available. This fueling position will be clearly identified, and other fueling positions will direct those seeking that option to the right place. EPA may ultimately approve more configuration options in the future.