Breaking news today from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as they have approved the first applications registering ethanol for use in making E15, a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline.
“Registration of ethanol to make E15 is a significant step toward its production, sale and use in model year 2001 and newer gasoline-fueled cars and light truck,” the EPA said today.
This approval has been a long-time coming as the initial request for the blend dates back to 2009. During that time period E15 has become the most tested fuel in history, with each test showing the blend to be safe for those vehicles described above.
“E15 is exactly the relief that consumers and businesses need right now with high gasoline prices putting a damper on people’s pocket books,” said Mark Gross, President of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. “American ethanol already saves the average family around $800 per year, so you can expect it to continue saving families more money while also lessening our countries dependence on foreign oil.”