Maine Considers a Ban on 15% Ethanol Fuel
January 15, 2013 9:47 AM
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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.
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Who to trust, who to trust...
1/15/2013 12:26:50 PM
The Renewable Fuels Association? Nope - they just want more people buying their ethanol (how wonderful that it's practically mandated). So - they have a financial stake in the matter which would wind up being bad for my pocketbook.
The auto industry? They're specifically saying they won't warranty damages done by E15 - which means they MUST have data on it. And if they're saying it's bad for my engine, that means it must be bad for my engine. So - they're looking to protect their bottom line (via lower warranty repairs) and have their cars last longer. Well, that's good for my pocketbook since the more mileage I get out of my car, the more money I wind up saving.
The EPA? They don't care about my pocketbook at all, otherwise they wouldn't be pulling this crap in the first place. Mileage goes DOWN with more ethanol due to lower energy content, which again hits me in the pocketbook. More ethanol == worse mileage.
So - kudos to the Maine EPA. Hopefully here in Michigan we have the same legislation pop up.
RE: Who to trust, who to trust...
1/15/2013 2:17:03 PM
The big three actually tried to sue the fed to stop it saying it would 'bankrupt many lower income people with older cars.' The Obama response? 'Too bad."
It was posted here on Daily tech early December, go check it out.
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