We’re Sticking With E15

Joanna Schroeder

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has released the results of a survey of Iowa’s E15 retailers showing there were zero complaints, zero lawsuits and zero engine problems in regards to fueling with E15. Big Oil has been engaged in an active campaign against E15 and is using scare tactics in an attempt to ward people off using the ethanol blend.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.00.51 AMThe survey also showed that from September 17, 2012 through May 31, 2013 Iowans successfully burned nearly 83,000 gallons of registered E15 (a gasoline blend containing 15 percent ethanol), enough to drive the equivalent of nearly seven trips to the moon with no complaints or engine problems.

“While Big Oil continues to try to scare retailers and consumers with hypothetical E15 horror stories, in reality E15 is being used all over Iowa with absolutely no issues,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “E15 is being sold at a significant discount to regular gasoline, and consumers are taking notice.”

The survey of E15 retailers showed:

  • On average, E15 was sold at nearly a 22-cent discount to regular (no ethanol) gasoline.
  • On average, E15 was sold at nearly an 11-cent discount to E10, a gasoline blend containing 10 percent ethanol.
  • There were zero known cases of misfueling with E15.
  • There were zero lawsuits or reported engine problems regarding E15.
  • There was no reported consumer confusion regarding E15 labeling.’
  • Every Iowa E15 retailer stated they plan to continue selling E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles on September 16, 2013, the start of the “winter” gasoline season.
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