Summer Volatility Restrictions on E15 End, Fuel Now Available
by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) E15 is again available after summer volatility restrictions ended Sept. 15. … E15 is approved for use with vehicles model year 2001 and newer. However, because the U.S. EPA has awarded E10 a waiver to exceed the 9.0 pounds per-square-inch Reid Vapor Pressure requirement by 1 pound from June 1 to Sept. 15, but E15 does not have that same waiver, E15 retailers were forced to only sell E15 to flex-fuel drivers or shut down their E15 pumps.
Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, celebrated the fact that consumers can again access E15. “This is the beginning of what will be a great autumn of increased consumer choice,” he said. “Compared to gasoline, E15 saves approximately 10 to 15 cents a gallon. That adds up to very real savings, at the pump and over the span of time.”
Since E15 was first made available July 2012, it is now offered in approximately 40 gas stations in nine states, the RFA pointed out in an infograpic. The E15 waiver means that E15 can be used in approximately 77 percent of vehicles currently on the road and about 45 percent of new vehicles sold next year will be warranted and approved by automakers for use of E15. In addition, there have been zero known cases of engine damage, misfueling or liability claims due to use of E15. READ MORE and MORE (Renewable Fuels Association)