October 23, 2014

Closer to E-15 at the pumps

Action taken by the EPA this week is “a strong step in the right direction” to getting E-15 at Wisconsin gas pumps, says an ethanol advocate. On Monday, the EPA approved 20 ethanol manufacturers to register as suppliers of E-15, including Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin.

Bob Sather, president of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance, says before E-15 production can begin, the higher ethanol blend must become a registered fuel in individual states.

E-15 would only be sold for use in 2001 and newer vehicles.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) are critical of the EPA’s action, saying more testing needs to be done to ensure E-15 is not damaging to engines.