Tennessee Corn Supports E15 Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

The Tennessee Corn Promotion Board is pleased with President Biden’s announcement last week that 15% ethanol fuel can be be sold this summer in an effort to reduce gasoline prices.

“E15 can currently be found in the state of Tennessee at select gas stations in cities like Knoxville, Murfreesboro and Clarksville,” said George McDonald, president of the Tennessee Corn Promotion Board. McDonald is also a fourth-generation family farmer at Catesa Farms. “This news will bring more opportunities for corn to be used as a renewable resource and will benefit not just consumers paying less for gas, but will also greatly benefit our corn farmers.”

E15 also has the potential to reduce emissions and pollution for the immediate future. While some may just be hearing about E15 for the first time, American drivers have logged nearly 20 billion miles on E15 so far. According to Unleaded 88 and the Renewable Fuels Association, E15 has provided several benefits to American consumers and their cars made from 2001 up to now:
● This gas has higher octane levels, which help to boost horsepower and efficiency, along with better engine performance.
● E15 burns cleaner and reduces toxins, making it more environmentally friendly.
● Ethanol helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%-50% compared to petroleum.

“We hope that by sharing the hard facts of the benefits of what all E15 has to offer, we can mitigate any concerns and dispel any myths about using this type of gasoline,” said Carol Reed, executive director of the Tennessee Corn Promotion Board. “This news has the potential to help the everyday consumer, local economy, corn farmers, environment, air and so much more.”

The Tennessee Corn Promotion Board helps to advocate for Tennessee corn growers and educate consumers on good environmental practices utilized by Tennessee farmers, as well as the economic value of Tennessee corn and value-added corn products.

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