The final federal hurdle to making E15 available to consumers is near as 99 ethanol producers have joined together to fund a nationwide fuel survey. The survey will satisfy the final requirement of the partial E15 waiver granted by the EPA.
Groups representing the ethanol industry, including the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the American Coalition for Ethanol also spoke out in defense of E15 and to applaud progress today.
“The National Corn Growers Association applauds the ethanol industry for this momentous accomplishment,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “We have long understood the economic, environmental and national security benefits of this renewable, domestic fuel. Finally, the hard work invested in pushing to increase these benefits through increased ethanol usage can come to fruition.”
Ethanol producers stepped up to provide the vast majority of the funding for this survey despite owning only a handful of the 160,000 gas stations that participate in the survey.
Now, efforts to promote E15 adoption will shift to focus on specific states with regulatory issues that act as an impediment. Notably some states, including Iowa, Illinois and Kansas, are prepared for commencement of E15 sales immediately upon registration of all parties with EPA and implementation of the Misfueling Mitigation Plan.
“We understand that some challenges may still arise, but this step forward renews our optimism that E15 will become a reality for American drivers,” said Niemeyer. “Now, we must overcome pending litigation and anti-ethanol rhetoric by some in Congress in order to reap the benefits of this transition.”
The survey, which is required annually, will collect more than 7,500 samples of all gasoline types available nationwide beginning on May 1, 2012.