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Ethanol free gasoline demand

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

According to data compiled by the API with information from the Energy Information Administration, demand for ethanol free gasoline (E0) is on the rise, growing from 3.4% of gasoline demand in 2012 to just under 7% last year. In a call with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Bob Greco, API Downstream Group Director said, “demand for E0 is strong and growing, and EPA must take this into account as it prepares to release biofuel mandates for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Consumers want E0 for their boats, for lawn equipment, for recreational vehicles and for classic cars.”

Strong demand for E0 stands in stark contrast to demand for high ethanol blends like E81, which represents only 0.15% of overall gasoline demand, according to Greco. He said that demand for E85 in recent years has been relatively flat, despite more stations offering E85 as an option.

Greco said, “we remain concerned that EPA may raise ethanol requirements based on the specious reasoning that E85, a mixture of up to 85% ethanol with 15% gasoline, is a workable solution. EPA should not try to mandate a market for fuels like E85 for which there is no demand while trying to eliminate fuels like E0 for which actual consumers have shown a substantial demand…Consumers’ interest should come ahead of the ethanol interests.”

Nicole Vasilaros, VP of Federal and Legal Affairs, NMMA commented, “many boaters rely on E0 to power their vessels. E0 is not guaranteed to remain available as a result of the RFS and the influx of higher ethanol blends. An inability to find E0 or a simple misfuelling mistake could cause boaters to see engine stalling, corrosion leading to oil or fuel leaks, increased emissions and damaged valves, rubber fuel lines and gaskets.”

Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd

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