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Facts About E15

Facts About E15

The Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of E15 — gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol — in vehicles manufactured between 2001 and today. Learn the facts about E15 and how ethanol benefits our economy, national security and environment.

Ethanol in Our Fuel Supply and the Green Jobs Waiver

  • On March 6, 2009, Growth Energy submitted its Green Jobs Waiver to the EPA to increase the arbitrary limit that currently caps the amount of ethanol in our gas supply at 10 percent to 15 percent.
  • The regulations restricting the ethanol blend to 10 percent dated back to the 1970s.
  • Ethanol producers have hit the E10 cap, producing more ethanol than can be used under current restrictions. This prevents compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard and threatens to block research and development into cellulosic and future generations of biofuels.
  • On January 21, 2011 the EPA issued its final decision on the Green Jobs Waiver, allowing E15 in cars 2001 and newer. This decision will apply to 239 million cars on the road today — meaning that E15 will now be allowed in all autos manufactured in the last decade, vehicles which consume 75 percent of all fuel in the U.S.
  • On April 2, 2012, EPA approved E15 as a registered fuel getting the nation one step closer to seeing low-cost, renewable E15 into the American fuels marketplace.

E15 Fact: We will grow our economy and create American jobs by moving to E15

  • More than 136,000 new green-collar jobs will be created nationwide by moving to E15
  • Ethanol production revitalizes rural communities by investing in the communities and creating high-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced.
  • Ethanol production reinvests money in the U.S. economy instead of sending dollars and jobs overseas. We’ll be creating jobs in places like Des Moines rather than Abu Dhabi, and Sioux Falls rather than Saudi Arabia.

E15 Fact: We will achieve energy independence sooner with E15

  • By using E10 in much of its fuel today, the U.S. has reduced its dependence on foreign oil by billions of gallons each year. Increasing the blend level from E10 to E15 will avoid the importation of another seven billion gallons of gasoline.
  • According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. imports 12 million barrels of oil per day, nearly 60 percent of the oil consumed by Americans. Ethanol can replace more of that oil, helping achieve greater energy independence.

E15 Fact: We will make our gasoline cleaner and greener with E15

  • The latest research shows that ethanol produced from corn can reduce GHG emissions by as much as 59 percent relative to gasoline. Continued innovation in the ethanol industry can further reduce emissions by as much as 67 percent. According to EPA , the commercialization of advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol promises to reduce GHG emissions by more than 100 percent relative to gasoline.
  • Approval of the waiver reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an additional eight million tons per year.

E15 Fact: Higher Ethanol Blends Save Consumers Money

  • Every drop of ethanol that drivers put in their car lowers the price at the pump. Over the last five years, ethanol has enjoyed a price advantage over regular gasoline, with ethanol being 15 cents to 75 cents cheaper on a yearly average basis from 2007-2011 and about a dollar cheaper today.


(Source: Growth Energy, www.ethanolretailer.com)

Ethanol Infrastructure

Ethanol Infrastructure

Giving drivers a choice at the pump.

At a time of record high gas prices, drivers deserve a choice in how they fuel their vehicle. They should be able to choose between more affordable, cleaner-burning, high-octane, homegrown, and American-made ethanol; or more expensive, dirty, low-octane, regular gasoline from foreign oil. Flex Fuel pumps give drivers this choice by offering a range of ethanol blends.

Over the last five years, ethanol has enjoyed a price advantage over regular gasoline, with ethanol being 15 cents to 75 cents cheaper on a yearly average basis from 2007-2011 and about a dollar cheaper today. Every drop of ethanol that drivers put in their car lowers the price at the pump.

And Flex Fuel pumps don’t just benefit drivers – they also give an distinct business advantage to fuel retailers because it allows them to offer a more affordable motor fuel. In a survey with 10% of the Flex Fuel pump retail population represented:

  • 81% of those surveyed believe there is a price advantage in selling ethanol blends.
  • 60% of the retailers surveyed advertise the price advantage of ethanol.
  • 48% of those surveyed found that overall store traffic improved after installing flexible fuel pumps.


Gasoline Retailer Flex Fuel Pump Incentives

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Tax Incentive

This tax incentive helps fuel retailers defray the cost of installing equipment to dispense alternative fuels, including ethanol, natural gas, propane, electricity, biodiesel, and hydrogen. Unfortunately, Flex Fuel pumps are ineligible for the full credit because the technology was not in use when the tax incentive was enacted in 2005.

  • Growth Energy’s Position: We support extending this tax incentive and modifying it to give Flex Fuel pumps the full value of the tax incentive.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
This program provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete renewable energy projects. USDA has announced a goal of incentivizing the installation of 10,000 flex fuel pumps by 2015 under this program.

  • Growth Energy’s Position: We support additional funding for this program in the 2012 Farm Bill, and oppose efforts to restrict USDA from helping rural fuel retailers.


(Source: Growth Energy, www.ethanolretailers.com)