Fuel choice legislation seeks to expand consumer access to E15

Fuel choice legislation seeks to expand consumer access to E15

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association applauds a bill that would allow motorists to benefit from lower-cost E15 year-round.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is applauding U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, for introducing legislation that would allow motorists to benefit from the lower-cost E15 ethanol blend year around. The bill is S.889, the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate last week. It would extend the Environmental Protection Agency's 1 psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to E15, just as the EPA has done for E10 for many years.

This bill, if passed by Congress and signed into law, would allow E15 to be sold for use in model year 2001 and newer vehicles in Iowa year-round.

GREATER FUEL CHOICE: Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is co-sponsor of a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate last week that would expand consumer access to E15 ethanol.

E15 legislation would encourage competition at the pump
"We applaud this effort by Sens. Paul and Grassley to remove unnecessary hurdles in federal regulation, and allow consumers to have year-round access to lower-cost E15, the most tested fuel in history," says IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "While other elected officials just this week sent letters hoping to restrict consumer choice and pander to petroleum's near monopoly over the transportation fuel sector, it's refreshing to see these valiant senators get serious about building upon the progress we've made in air quality and encouraging competition at the pump."

E15 is a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline now available at a significant price discount compared to regular unleaded gasoline at 31 locations in Iowa. E15 is approved by the U.S. EPA for use in all 2001 and newer passenger vehicles, as well as flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). Those vehicles account for 85% of fuel use in the U.S. 

Fuel choice legislation seeks to expand consumer access to E15

Would allow motorists to benefit from lower-cost E15 year-round
Unlike E10, the EPA's approval of E15 did not include the necessary volatility waiver to allow E15 to be sold as a registered fuel in Iowa during the summer months, therefore summer time volatility restrictions dictate that E15 can only be sold to FFVs from June 1 through September 15.

For more background information on E15, visit iowarfa.org. Iowa is the nation's leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity and one cellulosic ethanol facility currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.

Cleaner-burning E15 is available at significant price discount
Last week IRFA announced that New Century FS Fast Stop in Vinton, Iowa is now offering lower-cost, cleaner-burning E15 to vehicles that are model year 2001 and newer. To introduce its new product to area motorists, the Vinton Fast Stop is offering E15 at a 5-cent-per-gallon discount for the entire month of April.

Related: Researcher says burning E15 would vastly reduce greenhouse gas

"Compared to regular gasoline, E15 provides the majority of Iowans with a lower-cost, higher-octane fuel option, and we're excited 2001 and newer vehicle owners near Vinton can reap the benefits," says IRFA managing director Lucy Norton. "With more than 30 stations in Iowa now offering E15 as a registered fuel, and more on the way, retailers in our state are leading the way in providing cost-conscious motorists with the most environmentally-friendly fueling option available."

New Century FS in Vinton offering E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles
"We at New Century FS and Growmark have always been supportive of renewable fuels," says New Century FS energy marketing manager Kevin DeGoey. "Offering E15 is another way to add more value to our company, renewable fuels and our customers."

IRFA works with retailers to ensure they comply with all federal and state E15 regulations. New Century FS Fast Stop, located at 1112 West 4th Street in Vinton, also offers E30, E50 and E85 for flex-fuel vehicles. For a complete list of registered E15 retailers go to iowarfa.org.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development. For more information, visit IowaRFA.org.

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