Choices at the Pump

Convenience Matters dives into what it will take to add E15 to your fuel lineup.

December 04, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—On this week’s episode of Convenience Matters, “Increasing Fuel Options for Consumers,” NACS hosts John Eichberger, executive director for the Fuels Institute, and Donovan Woods, director of operations for the Fuels Institute, discuss the future of liquid fuels with Kristi Moriarty, senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

While the Trump Administration approved the sale of E15 year-round this past spring, many retailers have yet to add the fuel to their pumps. “It takes time to essentially go from E10 to E15,” Moriarty said. “There’s a lot of education for retailers [and consumers]. … It takes a little bit more effort to get E15 to market.”

Moriarty expected that more retailers will begin adding E15 to their pumps in the coming years, but gas stations must be careful to check the compatibility of their infrastructure and equipment to handle the higher ethanol fuel blend. “Retailers have to show their equipment is compatible with the E15 fuel regulations,” she said, adding that programs under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership can provide funding for system upgrades, like adding a separate underground tank for E15.

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