The Nebraska Corn Board recently hosted some meetings, sponsored by the Blend Your Own (BYO) ethanol campaign, to discuss the roll-out of E15. Nearly 75 people attended the meetings ranging from producers, fuel retailers and petroleum marketers to representatives of the ethanol and agricultural industries. Director of Market Development for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Robert White, offered information on the next steps needed to bring E15 to pumps across the country.
“There is a lot of misinformation about E15 such as requirements for ethanol plants and fuel retailers that is coming from various sources. This meeting was necessary to get the right information to the right people,” said White. “We want to see E15 introduced legally and safely.”
Several requirements were put into place by the EPA before the fuel became legal this year. An E15 label had to be approved. A fuel survey had to be conducted. In addition, the ethanol industry, working with the fuel retail industry, was required to devise a misfueling mitigation plan as well as create a consumer education campaign designed to tell consumers what vehicles could safely use E15. These requirements were discussed as well as data on health effects and incentives available to assist retailers with the installation of E15 pumps.
Curt Friesen, District 3 Director on the Nebraska Corn Board, concluded, “It is crucial that all the necessary steps are taken before offering E15 at the pump. The Nebraska Corn Board is pleased to take a leading role in the introduction of E15 in Nebraska.”