E15 Clears Final Hurdle
After three years, the American ethanol industry has finally satisfied all federal requirements for E15 commercial sales as set by the partial E15 waiver granted by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to Growth Energy. On Monday, 99 ethanol producers had funded a nationwide fuel survey as required by the partial waiver that represents the final hurdle to E15 availability.
“Americans remain under siege by high gas prices. While rhetorical battles in Washington are waged to find a solution to lowering prices, America’s ethanol producers are stepping up to bring a cleaner, cheaper and more American-made fuel to the market. With this survey in place, E15 is now ready in the eyes of EPA for commercial sale,” the American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy and RFA said.
Efforts to bring E15 to pumps across the nation will now focus on states where regulatory issues must be addressed. Some states, like Iowa, Illinois and Kansas, are prepared for E15 and sales could commence as soon as all parties are registered with EPA and are implementing the Misfueling Mitigation Plan approved by EPA.
Additional challenges, including pending litigation and anti-ethanol posturing by some in Congress, make predicting the exact timeframe for the growth of E15 sales volumes unwise.