Ethanol Industry Ready to Replace MTBE

Cindy Zimmerman

RFA Bob DinneenThe president of the Renewable Fuels Association has sent a letter to the Energy Information Administration “countering assertions concerning the availability of ethanol for those gasoline markets transitioning out of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).” According to a press release, RFA president Bob Dinneen wrote to EIA in response to a report entitled “Eliminating MTBE in Gasoline in 2006,” released last month which he contends “is based on 2004 data and informal discussions with refiners” and that the projections “appear to be based on tenuous, and in some cases inaccurate, supporting information.” Dinneen challenges EIA to meet with him and others in the industry “to provide a complete overview of the state of the U.S. ethanol industry and its ability to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”