Over 30 States Broke Blend Wall in 2016
by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that gasoline consumed in 30 states and the District of Columbia in 2016 contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average, breaking through the so-called E10 Blend Wall. That compares to 2015 when the national average ethanol content was 9.91 percent and 25 states (plus the District of Columbia) were above 10 percent on average. The 2016 data is the latest available for individual states.
The national average ethanol blend rate in 2016 was 10.02 percent, clearing the 9.7 percent that gasoline marketers claim is the highest the market can tolerate.
“Increased consumption of E15, mid-level blends like E20-E30, and ethanol flex fuels like E85 has reduced the so-called blend wall to a pile of rubble. Today, more than 4,000 stations nationwide sell flex fuels and approximately 1,300 stations sell E15,” Dinneen (Bob Dinneen, President of the Renewable Fuels Association) said.
The data show that ethanol comprised 12.4 percent of the gasoline pool in Minnesota in 2016.
RFA: 31 states broke through so-called ‘blend wall’ in 2016 (Ethanol Producer Magazine)
States Hit Ethanol Blending Record (CSP Daily)
E15 Continues to Build Momentum (Ethanol Producer Magazine)