Court Ruling Paves Way for E15 Gas Use
by Robert Pore (The Grand Island Independent) Higher ethanol blend could be used by nearly two-thirds of vehicles on road
On Friday, the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its partial waiver approval for E15 ethanol fuel for model year 2001 and newer light-duty vehicles and all flex fuel vehicles, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
This represents, according to RFA, nearly two-thirds of all vehicles on the road and almost 75 percent of vehicle miles driven.
…Currently, the market for ethanol confined to E10 blends has been saturated. Allowing ethanol blends of up to E15 for 2001 and newer vehicles, as well as increasing the availability of higher level ethanol blends up to E85, will, (Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob) Dinneen said, provide much-needed market access to help ensure that the growth and evolution of the domestic renewable fuels industry continues.
Opposing the decision was Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group vice president for government affairs.
…The court ruling followed university economic studies that showed waiving RFS would have a negligible impact on corn prices. READ MORE and MORE (Reuters) and MORE (DomesticFuel.com) and MORE (Ethanol Producer Magazine) and MORE (Reuters)