ACE Renews Call for E15 Certainty

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As the sun sets on the summer driving season, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is renewing its call to the administration to make this the last year of uncertainty for the nation’s fuel retailers offering E15 (15% ethanol) by finalizing the regulation to eliminate the 1-pound per square inch (psi) Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver in eight states. As …

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Ethanol Expected to Save Labor Day Travelers $155 Million

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As temperatures have heated up this summer, so have gasoline prices, with regular unleaded gasoline up to $3.87 per gallon during the week ending August 21, the highest price in nearly a year and well above the long-term average. However, the good news is that ethanol is helping to keep gas prices lower than they would be without it for …

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Retailers Show Vision in Blazing Trails for Ethanol

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More and more retailers are taking the plunge and offering higher ethanol blends around the country, but while it has taken some time to get the larger retail chains to make the move, blazing the trail before them were smaller marketers with vision. Bruce Vollan, owner of Vollan Oil Company in Baltic, South Dakota, and Glenn Badenhop who owns American …

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Sheetz Offers End of Summer E15 Savings

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Sheetz is helping to provide relief for consumers during the dog days of summer by offering Unleaded 88 (E15 or 15% ethanol blended gasoline) for just $2.99 a gallon through the remainder of August. The national average price for regular gasoline right now is $3.84 per gallon, according to AAA. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper welcomed the …

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Iowa and Nebraska Sue EPA Over E15 Waiver Delay

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Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird and Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers joined together Monday to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to to meet a statutory deadline in response to petitions from their governors and six others to reduce evaporative emissions and allow year-round sales of E15. “The Biden Administration has dragged its feet long enough,” said Attorney General …

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USDA Opens Fuel Retailer Incentive Program

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has officially begun accepting application for $450 million in grant applications for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The funding, which comes the Inflation Reduction Act, will have application windows that run quarterly from July 1, 2023, through Sept. 30, 2024. Approximately $90 million will be made available each quarter to fueling stations, stores …

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New Study Shows E15 Reduces Emissions

Cindy Zimmerman

The University of California, Riverside has just released a peer-reviewed study that shows E15 ethanol blends provide notable emissions reductions compared to California’s regular reformulated gasoline. According to the study, emissions of total hydrocarbons, non-methane hydrocarbons, and carbon monoxide all showed either marginally or statistically significant reductions for E15 compared to regular California gasoline. In addition, particulate matter (PM) and …

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Nebraska Governor Signs New Law to Boost E15 Sales

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Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen signed new legislation this week that contains provisions to increase consumer access to E15 fuel in the state, boost higher blend ethanol tax credits, improve the NextGen program and cut red tape for food trucks. During the signing event, Governor Pillen hosted a food truck from Norfolk at the Governor’s Residence to drive home the benefits …

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Ethanol Blends Well With Summer

Cindy Zimmerman

As summer gets underway, the Renewable Fuels Association is once again sponsoring the Ethanol Days of Summer fuel giveaway contest, and encouraging both motorists and boaters to get educated on ethanol and save money at the pump. RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White says the popularity of the fuel giveaway contest has grown as the availability of higher …

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Ethanol Report on E15 Summer Waiver

Cindy Zimmerman

After waiting until the very last minute, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an emergency fuel waiver to allow E15 gasoline — gasoline blended with 15% ethanol — to be sold during the summer driving season this year. A decision had to be made before April 30 so terminal operators would still be able to sell the blend after May 1. …

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