Tag: E15

Are the biggest retail gasoline chains offering consumers a choice at the pump?

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has graded some of the largest retail gasoline chains on whether they are providing consumers with homegrown and less expensive options like E15 or E85 at the pump.

Unfortunately, the “big five” oil-company owned chains gen a big fat “F” on their report card.

Fewer than 1 percent of Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell stations offer American made renewable fuels. More than 25 percent of independent retailers give consumers the option of filing up with ethanol-blended fuel.

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An update on E15 in Minnesota

Whenever Rick Bohnen talks to a customer who just filled his or her vehicle with E15 at the Penn-Minocco station in the heart of South Minneapolis, he can’t believe their enthusiasm.

“The people who buy E15 love it. They think it’s the greatest thing ever,” Bohnen said.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association was part of a coalition that brought E15 — a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline —

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Minnesota's corn farmers launch Ethanol Cup racing series

Ethanol CupGentleman, start your ethanol-powered engines!

Minnesota’s corn farmers are launching the Ethanol Cup during the upcoming 2014 racing season at Elko Speedway just outside of the Twin Cities and at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, about a half hour south of Rochester.

Drivers who use a minimum of E15 (a high-octane gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol) in their cars will qualify to compete in the Ethanol Cup point fund.

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Open letter fights back against API's ethanol smear campaign

The president of the Renewable Fuels Association and the CEO of Growth Energy recently penned an open letter to Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API). The letter appeared in both the New York Times and Politico.

API has been running television ads to further generate fear among consumers about the effect E15 has on car engines. Here’s one of the best passages from the letter:

“Despite the millions of dollars your industry has spent on bogus TV ads,

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EPA lands another blow to ethanol

With public comments on its proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard currently under review, the Environmental Protection Agency has dealt yet another blow to ethanol. The agency announced yesterday that it will switch its test fuel from the proposed E15 to E10 as the certification fuel for new emissions standards to be in place by 2017.

(E15 is gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. E10 is blended with 10 percent ethanol.)

EPA says it’s doing this because E15 isn’t widely available on a national scale.

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Never read the comments (especially when the topic is ethanol)

Those who venture into the comments section of a newspaper website rarely emerge unscathed. Newspaper comments sections are a jungle of misinformation, nastiness, name-calling and anonymous people behind a keyboard who know very little and pretend (often angrily) that they know a lot.

All of that is ratcheted up by a factor of 10 when you wade into the comments section of a story about ethanol. There’s a reason we should all live by the following motto: Never read the comments.

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E15 in Minnesota: Media coverage of the E15 rollout at Penn Minnoco in south Minneapolis

Did you miss the news that E15 is now available in Minnesota? Have you been hiding under a rock?

If you have been under a rock, please come out and catch up on the great news Minnesota motorists received this week. The higher ethanol blends E15 and E30 are now available in Minnesota — giving drivers more choices at the pump and a lower cost and renewable alternative to unleaded gasoline.

Here is a summary of all the media coverage from this week:

Television News

KSTP Channel 5 (Tuesday,

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Corn farmers help bring E15 and E30 to Minnesota

It’s official: E15 and E30 are now available in Minnesota, giving drivers more choices beyond regular gasoline when it’s time to fuel their vehicles.

With TV cameras rolling and a steady stream of customers pulling in to fill up their tanks at Penn Minnoco off Penn Ave. in south Minneapolis, the ribbon was cut Wednesday morning on four new flex fuel pumps that dispense E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol, 5 percent more than what is blended in all Minnesota unleaded gasoline),

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