E15 is a 15 percent ethanol blended fuel that today can be found at more than 2,700 gas stations across the country. E15 is earth kind, engine smart, and saves drivers almost a dollar per gallon at the pump, which is why the higher the ethanol content in gasoline, the greater the benefits.
A new study conducted by ABF Economics that found that a nationwide standard of E15, a 15 percent ethanol blended fuel, could save drivers billions in annual fuel costs, create new jobs, and return billions to the U.S. economy. Specifically, the data show that a nationwide transition to E15 would:
Leveraging higher blends of renewable fuel like ethanol can make an immediate impact – and is an imperative — on reaching ambitious climate goals by lowering emissions and air pollution while also supporting American jobs and providing consumer savings.
Fueling up with E15 is good for vehicles and the environment. Ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 46% compared to regular gasoline. In fact, a simple change to nationwide E15 would reduce CO2 emissions by more than 17.62 million tons per year — the equivalent of taking 3.85 million cars off the road.
A recent study from University of California – Riverside found that shifting from E10 to E15 reduces emissions, illustrating the vital role that higher ethanol blends play in protecting our air, our climate, and our health.
Ethanol is a renewable, earth-friendly biofuel that burns cleaner and cooler than gasoline, which is good for our environment and our cars’ engines.
Today, ethanol can be found everywhere you buy gasoline – 98 percent of the fuel sold in the U.S. contains at least 10 percent ethanol. And the higher the ethanol content in gasoline, the greater the benefits.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved E15 fuel for all light-duty vehicles model year 2001 and newer. That’s more than 96 percent of the vehicles on the road today or more than 245 million cars or trucks, accounting for 98 percent of all vehicle miles traveled.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Laboratory data “showed no statistically significant loss of vehicle performance (emissions, fuel economy, and maintenance issues) attributable to the use of E15 fuel compared to straight gasoline”. Additionally, studies from the University of California, Riverside have shown that fuel economy with E15 could rise by upwards of 6% taking realistic driving conditions into account, and under worst case scenario decrease by 1%.
On the road, American drivers have logged over 30 billion miles driven on E15. On the NASCAR track, racecar drivers have surpassed 20 million miles driven using E15, a testament to E15’s performance in the toughest of conditions.
“We’re fortunate to have great partners like Growth Energy and Get Bioethanol who are dedicated to NASCAR and helping us minimize our impact on the environment,” said Michelle Byron, Vice President of Partnership Marketing, NASCAR. “This weekend is a testament to Sunoco Green E15 and its ability to fuel world-class competition for more than a decade, all while reducing emissions in pursuit of a more sustainable sport.”
Across the country, E15 is helping American families save at the pump – in some instances almost a dollar per gallon. And a nationwide move to E15 would save consumers over $20 billion dollars a year in fuel costs. See the savings for yourself:
Clean, renewable biofuels support over 400,000 U.S. jobs, and moving to a nationwide adoption of E15 would create an additional 188,000 jobs.
Amid rising gas prices earlier this year, President Biden removed outdated restrictions to summertime access to E15 to allow drivers across the country to find reduced prices at the pump. While E15 has saved drivers almost a dollar per gallon in some areas of the country this summer, these savings will not be available next summer unless action is taken to permanently restore access to year-round E15.
Legislation in Congress
Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act
Introduced by Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) to ensure the continued availability of low-carbon fifteen percent ethanol fuel blends (E15) in all fuel markets year-round. This legislation would permanently extend the 1.0 psi summertime Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends beyond E10, thus eliminating any seasonal restrictions on sales.
Year-Round Fuel Choice Act
Introduced by Representatives Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) to ensure the continued availability of low-carbon fifteen percent ethanol fuel blends (E15) in all fuel markets year-round. This legislation would permanently extend the 1.0 psi summertime Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends beyond E10, thus eliminating any seasonal restrictions on sales.
Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7606, the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act. The legislation includes key provisions that would permanently lift barriers to year-round sales of E15. The bill also authorizes $200 million for infrastructure funding that will increase access to higher biofuel blends.
E15 Waiver in the States
A coalition of Midwest states have sent a letter to EPA Administrator Regan calling for parity between E10 and E15 fuels through Section 211(h)(5) of the Clean Air Act. States include:
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