A 50-percent increase in alcohol content may knock even the most seasoned drinker off of his (or her) feet, but a 50-percent jump in ethanol won't throw off a car's engine. That's the short version of a new National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) report, and we expect pro-ethanol advocates to use it frequently against Big Oil and its efforts to roll back increased ethanol mandates. The caveat, of course, is that the NREL study was sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), so we und
Two US senators have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to find out if Big Oil is pulling strings to block gas stations from accessing gasoline blended with extra ethanol – or 15 percent ethanol (E15). Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D – MN) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R – IA) said they've received reports of oil companies pushing independent gas stations to sell premium gasoline along with regular gasoline. Since most US fuel stations are built with two large storage tanks, pressure to
Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has made its case against Big Oil getting its way, stopping E15 and fulfilling the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Now, Bob Dineen, president and CEO of RFA, is pleading with environmentalists to stay away from Big Oil and to support biofuels.
E15, which is gasoline with a blend of 15 percent ethanol, may be cleared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be sold as commercial gasoline in time for the busy summer driving season, website DomesticFuel.com reports, citing statements by ethanol advocates Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy.
In early May, Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin released a study indicating that in 2010, the blending of ethanol with gasoline reduced pump prices by an average of $0.89 per gallon. This is a $0.25 increase in savings thanks to the extra ethanol produced last year. In addition, the study, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), found that in 2010 alone, ethanol reduced the average American household's gasoline bill by more than $800. RFA president, Bob Dinneen, w
The seemingly never-ending argument over ethanol content in fuel is making headlines once again. This time 'round, the debate centers on New Hampshire. Recently, the state's House of Representatives voted to ban corn-based ethanol on the basis that the biofuel drives up gasoline prices. Soon, the fate of the bill (HB 374) will land in the New Hampshire Senate.
Supporters of the EPA's decision yesterday to approve ethanol blended up to 15 percent in gasoline – and to be used in model year 2007 and newer cars – were the first out of the gate with statements of approval. Today we get the backlash.
Who knew a little bit of biofuel could be so contentious? The brouhaha over changing the national ethanol blend level from 10 percent to 15 (so, going from E10 to E15) has brought out the knives, with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) saying the EPA's delay is a dereliction of duty while others are calling for even more delay testing. Today, a new study commissioned by the RFA and conducted by Ricardo might douse some of those fires – more likely, though, given the history, it'll just
Following news that the EPA has once again not made a decision about increasing the ethanol content of gasoline sold in the nation's pumps, the ethanol industry is kind of peeved. The Renewable Fuels Association has issued a press release lashing out at the Environmental Protection Agency for "dropping the ball ... for no scientifically justified reason" on the E15 issue, saying this second punt is "a dereliction of duty."
Earlier this year, the EPA criticized ethanol because it has a negative environmental balance of lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to gasoline obtained from crude oil (read their report here). As there's rarely an attack without pushback, the Renewable Fuels Association has decided to interpret that report from their point of view and has found that certain sources of oil do indeed have a worse negative impact than corn ethanol. That is, when lighter and more easily refined crude
Perhaps that prediction of a biodiesel glut will come true. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is certainly reporting we're making a lot more biodiesel, with the recent announcment that U.S. biodiesel production will likely triple in 2006, to 250 million gallons. Government incentives are the main reason for this growth, the NBB said, and the trend is expected to continue in 2007.