For some drivers, ethanol-blended fuels such as E15 and E85 generate the same kind of confusion as stalactites and stalagmites do for high school geography students. Now, E15, which is fuel sold with a 15 percent blend of ethanol, is creating confusion all on its own.
Back in April, the Obama administration announced that it will offer incentives to gasoline stations that install E85 (a fuel consisting of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) blender pumps. This proposal, according to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, was put forth in an effort to get 10,000 additional E85 pumps installed nationwide.
The big news in ethanol circles is the current debate over whether or not to raise the amount of the biofuel in the national gasoline supply from a maximum of 10 percent to 15. The EPA recently decided that December 1st deadline to make a decision wasn't set in stone and so pushed a decision back to June. The Automakers Alliance said it was a good idea to allow for more testing, but the Governors' Biofuels Coalition released a statement that not only expect and want the EPA to allow the blend in