During its virtual annual conference this week, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) launched a tool on its fuel-marketer focused flexfuelforward.com website to provide retailers with a free way to check if their equipment is already E15 compatible. Available 24/7, the “Flex Check” E15 compatibility tool will arm retailers with the confidence and information they need to make a conversion all in one place.
With USDA set to announce Higher Blend Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grant recipients any day now, Ron Lamberty, Senior Vice President of ACE, says their focus is now on marketers who may already have the right fueling equipment for E15.
“Adding new E15 and flex fuel locations with programs like HBIIP makes ethanol blended fuel more available and visible, but to move significant gallons, we need widespread conversions on top of new construction,” said Lamberty. “A huge number of retailers have E15 compatible equipment and could sell it tomorrow without a big investment. But they don’t know, because they’ve been told by their petroleum suppliers it’s impossible for most stations to offer E15, and very expensive for others. We just want them to check, because we know a lot of them will be very surprised.”
The Flex Check compatibility tool uses National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) studies and ACE’s research with equipment companies to give retailers a place to enter the manufacturer or model of tanks, piping, and other equipment they have on site, and find out if they are already E15 compatible.
Listen as Lamberty explains Flex Check.
ACE 2020 Ron Lamberty, Flex Check tool (2:35)