The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the go-ahead for the sales of a mixture of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says now it is up to the retailers and individual fuel companies to register for approval to sell E15. Another hurdle might be any laws the states have governing sales of gasoline mixed with ethanol.
Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association have championed E15 for three years, after they first filed a petition seeking federal approval to increase blends of ethanol in fuel from the current 10% to 15% in March 2009.
"We'd encourage all Americans to ask their local filling station how soon they will see more-affordable E15," Buis said. "Growth Energy has committed to the American public that we will work with the retail industry to bring E15 to their stations."
The Renewable Fuels Association says the health effect testing is a significant milestone to have passed. RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen says that EPA's action puts E15 on the precipice of commercialization and means that consumers may be able to choose a more affordable E15 option in time for the expensive summer driving season. The RFA expects companies to begin the registration process immediately.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson commended the EPA for its action and says the decision by clears a major hurdle for E15, and provides data for retailers to make an informed decision applying for registrations.
"American consumers deserve a choice at the pump," Johnson said. "According to Growth Energy, the average price of a gallon of E15 is 76 cents cheaper than a gallon of gasoline. E15 is a homegrown fuel that saves consumers money and helps wean us off of our addiction to foreign oil. This is a win for rural America, a win for national security, and a win for the environment."