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Guest column: ​Ethanol Saves You Money

Submitted by on June 12, 2017 – 12:31 pmNo Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM Inc./Wichita Business Journal)  I was driving home last week and was surprised to see the price differences on the gas station sign. Regular 87 octane gas was $.40 cheaper than “No Ethanol” 87 octane. Regular 87 has contained 10 percent ethanol in Kansas for almost 10 years now and is what most everyone chooses.

In the state of Kansas we use about 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline per year. At a $.40 savings per gallon, ethanol is saving all of us $600 million per year or, for you personally, about $6 per tank. Wow, that is a significant savings! Now some will say “it’s because ethanol is subsidized,” while others will say “You lose mileage so you don’t gain anything.” The reality is that ethanol is not subsidized and can compete on its own and is currently selling below the price of gasoline. Also, refiners have integrated ethanol into their recipe. Gasoline is made up of over 400 chemicals, and ethanol is used as an excellent octane and oxygenate source in the mix. When ethanol is added, some of the expensive and pollution-causing chemicals like Toluene, Benzene, and Xylene are reduced. That is the source of the lower price and cleaner air.

What’s the difference? E30 is a 93 octane Premium fuel that sells well below the cost of today’s Premium fuel, and I’m significantly reducing my tailpipe emissions. My older 2001 non-flex Oldsmobile runs flawlessly on higher blends of ethanol, and new vehicles run even better as more manufacturers are demanding higher octane for their new Ecoboost and turbo engines. We also see that 20 percent and 30 percent ethanol blends do not see a reduction in mileage, and some vehicles see a slight increase in gas mileage. This is because the higher octane is moving into modern vehicles’ sweet spot for performance.

When 10 percent ethanol is blended with gasoline, it reduces toxic emissions and particulate matter by 15 percent. This benefit grows as ethanol content increases. This has a real impact on our health and the health of our kids as these pollutants are directly linked to many health issues.    READ MORE

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