• Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

    Though the Environmental Protection Agency has already ruled on ethanol-blended gasoline mixtures for 2018, that hasn't stopped ethanol advocates from pushing for a higher 30-percent blend for non-flex-fuel vehicles. The latest call for ethanol comes from corn-state ethanol refiners, farmers, and an ethanol-producer trade association, all of whom want the EPA to take a good, long look at raising the approved blend for standard "gasoline" from E15 to E30. Meanwhile, on the other side of the debate, two bills making their way through Congressional committees would cap ethanol blends at E10 for...

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    Proposed ethanol cuts bring EPA up against Iowa's powerful politician

    Following years of debate, the EPA said earlier this month it will study the possibilities of cutting the amount of ethanol in the United States' gasoline supply. Since 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has required growing amounts of ethanol to be blended into U.S. fuel supplies, with...

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    EPA to study cutting amount of ethanol in U.S. gasoline

    Since 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard has required increasing levels of ethanol in gasoline blends sold in the U.S. Most fuel stations across the United States no longer offer pure gasoline, with E10—a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline—prevailing. After years of...

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    Is ethanol-free gasoline heading for the end of the road?

    The EPA expects demand for ethanol-free gasoline to gradually dissipate.

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    New House bill seeks to limit ethanol in gasoline to current usage

    A new House bill would cap levels of ethanol blended with gasoline.

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    Ford Engine Power, MPG Figures Tested Using Different Fuels

    It's all about the asterisk, it turns out. Most buyers likely assume that the conditions for rating a new car's fuel economy and engine performance are identical. For at least one carmaker--Ford--and possibly others as well, that turns out not to be the case: Different gasoline formulations are...

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    Ethanol is a beleaguered fuel these days, with national availability E85 nowhere in sight, rollout of E15 seemingly stalled, and concerns over its full carbon footprint hotly debated. Most drivers pumping gas pay little attention to its ethanol content, which in several states may now be at 10 percent. Meanwhile, traditionalists seek out pure gasoline for older engines and those in motorboats, lawn equipment, and other offroad uses, which they claim can't withstand even E10. DON'T MISS: State Laws On Ethanol In Gasoline: Only Seven States Require E10 Blend Ethanol in its purer forms...

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    State Laws On Ethanol In Gasoline: Only Seven States Require E10 Blend

    Only seven states require ethanol to be blended with gasoline.

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    Agriculture Department To Spend $100 Million For E15 Ethanol 'Blender Pumps'

    The USDA will match state funding of "blender pumps" for ethanol.

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    Bills To Kill Renewable Fuel Law, Ban E15 Ethanol Fuel Likely Doomed

    The addition of ethanol to gasoline has now been a political hot potato in the U.S. for more than a decade. Joined by cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte [R-VA] introduced two bills in February that together would eliminate the Renewable Fuels Act passed in...

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    Ethanol In Marine Fuels: Why It Makes Boat Owners So Angry

    Few topics get our commenters more riled up than ethanol. Both sides weigh in with fervor and passion, debating energy security versus agricultural policies and costs, comparing studies on wells-to-wheels carbon dioxide profile versus the impact on older engines, and more. But marine users in...

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    Ethanol A Victim Of Change As Gasoline Sales Have Flatlined?

    Eight years ago, ethanol was going to let the U.S. grow its own vehicle fuel, reduce its use of gasoline made from imported oil, and boost energy security. How much have you heard about those themes lately? Not much, we'd wager. A lot has changed since the 2007 passage of the Energy Independence...

  • Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

    Could low prices be the key to making ethanol more popular? One Michigan filling station allows customers to change the ethanol-gasoline blend in their fuel. As customers "dial up" the amount of ethanol, the price goes down, WardsAuto reports. Other stations offer multiple blends, with varying amounts of ethanol at varying prices. Mike O'Brien, vice president-market development for Growth Energy--an organization representing ethanol producers--told Wards that lower prices will help ethanol-blended fuels gain traction with consumers. However, while ethanol blended fuels like E15--a mix of 15...

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    Demand For Gas Falls, Gas Prices Rise: Blame Ethanol (And Congress)

    For fans of fuel efficiency, the New York Times has good news and bad news. The good news is: drivers in the U.S. are using less gas these days. The bad news is: that's driving up the cost of gas. To anyone who's taken Econ 101, that probably seems counter-intuitive -- mostly because it is. To...

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    Ethanol Is Nothing New; E10 Gasoline Was Sold In 1930s

    Back in the 1930s, the United States produced the vast bulk of the oil it burned. It wasn't until the 1973 oil crisis that things like OPEC and fuel efficiency entered the U.S. consciousness. And it took a while longer for the phrase "energy security" to come along. That's what led to the concept...

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    EPA Keeps Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate, Rejects Suspension Request

    Last month, the governors of eight states and almost 200 members of Congress asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to suspend rules that mandate production of ethanol for use in gasoline. On Friday, the EPA said no. The request to suspend parts of the 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard came from...

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    Ethanol In Your Gasoline Tank: The Pros And Cons

    With flex-fuel cars that can run on E85 ethanol still a minority of the vehicles on sale, you might think ethanol isn't as important as some other future fuels. But up to 10 percent of every gallon of gasoline you buy today is ethanol, and that proportion may rise to as much as 15 percent if gas...

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    OK, E15 Gasoline Is Now Approved; Do You Need To Care?

    You felt the earth shake a week ago today when the EPA formally approved the sale of E15 gasoline, right? Oh, you didn't? Not surprising, really. No gas station in the U.S. sells E15 today, and it looks like it may be a while before any given driver sees the stuff showing up as one of several...

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    When the U.S. Congress adjourned for the holidays on Friday, December 23, its departure sealed the fate of subsidized ethanol production. During its session, the Congress did not renew a tax break for U.S. production of corn-based ethanol that had become increasingly unpopular across a wide area of the political spectrum. The tax credit amounted to 45 cents per gallon of ethanol that was blended into gasoline. It had been in place since 1980. Corn lobby loses support As The Detroit News reported the next day, by some estimates, total subsidies to the ethanol industry may have reached $45...

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    EPA Tells Drivers E15 Won't Kill Your Car As Automakers Howl

    Ah, ethanol, that most political of alternative fuels. Farmers love it, deficit hawks hate it, automakers want it for flex-fuel CAFE credits but nowhere else, and environmentalists only want it if it doesn't suck up food supplies, use too much water, or worsen the carbon balance. Yesterday, EPA...

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    U.S. Senate Votes To End Ethanol Subsidies; They'll Continue Anyhow

    The once-unthinkable actually happened last Thursday: The U.S. Senate voted 73-27 to abolish a 45-cents-per-gallon subsidy to the U.S. ethanol industry. Immediately. Because the amendment to end ethanol credits is attached to a stalled economic development bill, however, it will have little...

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    Pay Attention This Summer When You Gas Up: It Might Be E15

    While the legal status of E15 gasoline is in doubt, the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with plans for it to roll out before this summer's driving season. That means that drivers will have to pay attention to the labels on their gas pumps, making sure that E15 is only used for...

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    EPA To Approve E15 Gasoline Blend For 2001-2006 Vehicles Too

    Following its October approval of E15 gasoline for 2007 or newer cars, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to announce today that it will expand the approval to cars from the 2001 through 2006 model year as well. E15 contains 15 percent ethanol, half again as high as the legal maximum today...

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    Automakers Sue To Stop E15 Gasoline Over Fears It Harms Cars

    Every major automaker selling cars in the U.S. has signed onto a lawsuit filed Monday aimed at halting the rollout of E15 gasoline, which has a higher proportion of ethanol (15 percent) than today's E10 gasoline. The companies cite fears that the greater concentration of ethanol will damage engines...

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