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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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By Murst on 1/15/2013 12:34:11 PM , Rating: 0
LOL @ all the hate for ethanol here.

I don't use E85 in my car (it would probably mess up the engine), but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have a future.

And for all the arguments that it can damage your engine - do you guys think that diesel should also be banned? Because if I put that in my car, it would probably mess it up too. Know what should and shouldn't go in your car and you should be fine.

I don't mind the US gov't helping to pay for alternative/bio/etc energy. For example, I'm all for adding more nuclear plants, but without gov't subsidies, no plants have a chance of being built here in the US. Thankfully, there are loan guarantees (and possibly other incentives... now we just need some more permits =/ ).

I think the US should always strive to be energy independent. I don't think we'll get there by doing one or two things... it will be a combination of many things (if we ever get there). This is just one step.

By kyuuketsuki on 1/15/2013 1:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
More nuclear power plants is a great idea.

Ethanol, however, is not. Ethanol is money sink, and it will never contribute meaningfully to energy independence. Not that energy independence is going to happen anyway (which is actually fine). You think they're going to get all the uranium for the nuclear power plants from within the U.S.? No matter what you do, you're just shifting the resources your importing around. International trade is actually a good thing, though it would be nice to get away from a commodity as volitile as crude oil.

By Mint on 1/15/2013 1:16:16 PM , Rating: 3
Never is a long time :)

Cellulosic ethanol has always been a good idea. DuPont has started construction on a plant that uses corn stalk waste to produce ethanol. They must have some confidence in the technology, and it would be great if it works as planned.

Interestingly, some non-corn ethanol startups have bailed out because GTL seems to be the future. With cheap gas from fracking, it looks like we can use it make our own synfuels (jet fuel, gasoline, diesel). Shell has just started operation of a massive pilot plant in Qatar to do this.

By Kyuu on 1/15/2013 11:03:56 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I should specified I was talking strictly about *corn* ethanol.

By Kyuu on 1/15/2013 11:08:54 PM , Rating: 3
Argh, really need an edit function (or maybe I should just proofread my preview posts more carefully). I *should have* specified.

By Uncle on 1/16/2013 5:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
Or why not look into non THC pot. One of the best multi-use plants around. Hemp, clothes, paper, its endless. Down south you could get three crops per year. Have to ask DuPont why they got the government to outlaw pot,I think in the thirties, when they knew their was two types, smoking and industrial. Somewhere their is a excellent documentary on pot and the US effort to criminalize it. Problem was no one in government differentiated between the two when they made it illegal. The amount of chemicals getting into the environment from agribusiness to Pulp Mills for making paper, is enormous. In the documentary, it shows the connection between DuPont and Government. Seems like nothing has changed because now you can see the connection between corn, Monsanto and government work together to exploit the taxpayers.

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