Ag Secretary Urges Oil Companies to Accept E15

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today urged petroleum companies to increase adoption of 15% ethanol blended gasoline (E15) to help decrease reliance on foreign oil.

“The availability of E15 will increase America’s energy security and spur additional job creation,” Vilsack said. “The Obama Administration has an ‘all-of-the-above’ to promoting domestic energy security, and increasing the percentage of ethanol to be blended with gasoline will help boost economic growth while lessening the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.”

Vilsack sent out comments in a news release today, shortly after the American Petroleum Institute held a press conference call charging that EPA approval of E15 “could result in serious safety and environmental problems for consumers” due to incompatible gasoline station equipment.

USDA notes that in order 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 (DOE) and U.S. Department of Agriculture have provided grants, loans and loan guarantees to spur American ingenuity on the next generation of biofuels. Before it can be sold, manufacturers must first take additional measures to help ensure retail stations and other gasoline distributors understand and implement labeling rules and other E15-related requirements.

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  2. Monte

    Can I ask where you get your information on ozone formation? Since EPA sets the bar and everyone needs to focus on this, I sometimes have to wonder just how ethanol is tested some times. For every study you say that ethanol raises ozone levels I can find on the shows lower.

    This is an extreme example of testing ethanol but not the base fuel. SAE 2012-01-1273 tested E0, E5 & E10. E5 lowered the ozone-forming potential yet E10 raised the final number. E5 was created by simply adding ethanol to E0 yet E10 was a different fuel all together. How could E10 have a higher BTU value then E0?

    There is certainly enough variation that anyone can pick and choice their own data. Testing does show that if we simply add 5 percent more ethanol for on road vehicles only or higher blends for FFV’s emissions will trend positive. This is sometimes hard to demonstrate from EPA studies since ethanol is usually only tested when simply added to a 93 octane test fuel.

    Especially as we look at the growing concerns around ultra-fine particulates. Ethanol is a clean octane that can improve the quality of the air our families breathe.

  3. “the true is”… well pretty hard to listen to much else after THAT… every emissions testing I’ve seen shows much lower emissions with higher ethanol concentrations. More ethanol/less gas= cleaner air. The American Lung Association has long been a proud supporter of ethanol as a way to reduce harmful gasoline emissions… can’t get a better endorsement then that.

    THAT “is the true”