Driving For Higher Ethanol Blend

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The drive toward higher blends of ethanol in gasoline is moving into high gear. Hear what various industry members have to say about the progress.


Bob Dineen, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO, made it clear during his state of the ethanol industry address at the recent National Ethanol Conference that this is a priority for the industry. Listen to Bob Dineen’s state of the ethanol industry – Part I.

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The ethanol industry joined together last week to petition EPA for an increase in the amount of ethanol allowed to be blended into gasoline from 10 percent up to 15 percent. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA is working with EPA to make that happen. Listen to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on USDA’s role.

EPA has already been actively doing testing on higher blends of ethanol on small engines and vehicles that are not flex fuel capable. Valerie Lightner with EPA presented some of the initial findings during a panel at the National Ethanol Conference. Listen to EPA’s Valerie Lightner on testing of higher ethanol blends.

The usage of gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol in small engines is a concern to Kris Kiser, executive vice president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, who also spoke at the ethanol conference ˆ but he believes that there are ways to deal with it. Listen to Kris Kiser on dealing with ethanol concerns.

RFA continues to work with all stakeholders, from the farmers and ethanol producers to the small engine makers and automobile manufacturers, to the petroleum industry, and the federal government to make sure that the blend wall is just another bump in the road for ethanol to ride over. Listen to Bob Dineen’s state of the ethanol industry – Part II.

(Source: The Ethanol Report)