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Another Step Toward E15 Sales

The EPA has approved the first applications for registration of ethanol to make E15. The agency says the 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 trucks. The Renewable Fuels Association calls the approval of E15 as a registered fuel the most significant development in a three year effort to approve sale of the mid-level ethanol blend.

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says Monday’s announcement strengthens the ethanol industry’s efforts to innovate and continue to deliver domestically-produced and affordable alternatives to foreign oil. With ethanol selling cheaper than gasoline – and even higher gasoline prices on the horizon – Buis is encouraging all Americans to ask their local filling station how soon they’ll see the more affordable E15.

Registration is a prerequisite to introducing E15 into the marketplace. But before the fuel can be sold – manufacturers must take additional measures to help ensure retail stations and other gasoline distributors understand and implement labeling rules and other E15-related requirements. According to RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen – we could see E15 at fuel stations in the Heartland of America as early as summer – as states in the Midwest have begun to address their regulatory requirements. He says the future for consumers, ethanol producers and the country has just gotten a little brighter and a little stronger. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.