The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first applications for registration of ethanol to make E15. The agency says the registration of ethanol to make E15 is a significant step toward its production, sale and use in model year 2001 and newer gasoline-fueled cars and light trucks. The Renewable Fuels Association calls the approval of E15 as a registered fuel the most significant development in a three year effort to approve sale of the mid-level ethanol blend.
Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says Monday's announcement strengthens the ethanol industry's efforts to innovate and continue to deliver domestically-produced and affordable alternatives to foreign oil. With ethanol selling cheaper than gasoline, and even higher gasoline prices on the horizon, Buis is encouraging all Americans to ask their local filling station how soon they'll see the more affordable E15.
"We've been working for a long time to make E15 a real choice for drivers, and we're happy to see this step forward," said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. "We hope that within a matter of months we can get this important blend into vehicles to help decrease our nation's reliance on foreign oil and help bring gas prices down."
Registration is a prerequisite to introducing E15 into the marketplace. But before the fuel can be sold - manufacturers must take additional measures to help ensure retail stations and other gasoline distributors understand and implement labeling rules and other E15-related requirements. According to RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen we could see E15 at fuel stations in the Heartland of America as early as summer as states in the Midwest have begun to address their regulatory requirements. He says the future for consumers, ethanol producers and the country has just gotten a little brighter and a little stronger.
To enable widespread use of E15, the Obama Administration has set a goal to help fueling station owners install 10,000 blender pumps over the next 5 years. In addition, both through the Recovery Act and the 2008 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Energy and USDA have provided grants, loans and loan guarantees to spur American ingenuity on the next generation of biofuels.