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Maine will ban E15 if at least two other New England states follow suit

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is working on a bill that would ban E15 fuel blends from being sold within the state. E15 is a blend of fuel that has 15% ethanol content compared to the E10 with 10% ethanol that is common across the country today. The United States EPA approved the sale of E15 in June of 2012.

However, filling stations have been very slow to adopt the new E15 blend and as of now, the fuel is only available at 10 stations in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says that it will ban E15 blends within the state if at least two other New England states go along with the prohibition.

The move comes amid concerns that many vehicles on the highways today and most small engines don't support the higher ethanol content in E15 fuel. The ethanol industry is reportedly aggressively marketing the new E15 blend in seeking to spread its availability outside of the current small footprint.

“We see the writing on the wall from the feds, and we want to make sure that Maine consumers and businesses are protected if others in the region are doing the same,” said DEP spokeswoman Samantha DePoy-Warren.

AAA recently conducted a survey and found that five automotive manufacturers specifically state warranties do not cover E15 related engine damage. Eight other automakers have said that E15 fuel does not comply with their vehicles fuel requirements. On the flipside, the Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry association, claimed that 60% of the light-duty vehicles on the roads within the U.S. today can use E15 fuel blend.

Source: Bangor Daily News



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RE: Ethanol Fuel is a Bad Idea
By euclidean on 1/15/2013 10:58:26 AM , Rating: 2
"Ethanol is also much cheaper to produce."

I'm not sure I can believe this piece. I live in the Midwest, and we have a handful of E85 stations around here. E85 is only about 20-30 cents per gallon cheaper than regular unleaded. How could only 15% Ethanol be any cheaper?

Totally agree though, Ethanol's short-comings are scientifically proven and really has no place in our car market today.


RE: Ethanol Fuel is a Bad Idea
By Wolfpup on 1/15/2013 12:08:02 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, apparently takes more oil to make Ethanlol than the equivalent you get from it.

And most cars can't use it. I don't even really trust this 10% blend, but I know my 2012 explicitly says not to use more than that in it.


RE: Ethanol Fuel is a Bad Idea
By daboom06 on 1/15/2013 12:15:22 PM , Rating: 3
what you pay at the store is never what something is worth.

beef in america is way cheaper than it should be. ethanol-gas is probably way more expensive than it should be. all because of taxes and subsidies.


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