Blender Pumps & Higher Blends
Blend Your Own Ethanol Campaign (Joint effort of ACE and RFA)
Blending Better Solutions ACE and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), supported by a collection of state corn grower groups and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), have formed the Blend Your Own Ethanol Campaign (BYO) to educate fuel retailers nationwide about the advantages of blender pump infrastructure and offering FFV customers a variety of fuel choices, as well as state and federal incentives that can provide financial assistance. The publication is a one-stop resource for fuel retailers on why and how to utilize blender pumps to offer a variety of ethanol fuel choices at the pump.
To learn more about BYO, visit http://www.byoethanol.com/.
Ethanol Today Articles
Higher blends Research
Groundbreaking new research shows that mid-range ethanol blends - more than E10 but less than E85 - can in some cases provide better fuel economy than gasoline... even in standard, non-flex-fuel vehicles.
View ACE's 12/5/07 press release
Download the research's executive summary
Download the full research report "Optimal Ethanol Blend-Level Investigation"
Download "Ethanol: A Convenient Solution to the Inconvenient Truth" by Better Environmental Solutions
Previous assumptions held that ethanol's lower energy content directly correlates with lower fuel economy. Those assumptions were found to be incorrect. Instead, the new research strongly suggests that there is an "optimal blend level" of ethanol and gasoline - most likely E20 or E30 - at which cars will get better mileage than predicted based strictly on the fuels' Btu content. The research also found mid-range ethanol blends to reduce harmful tailpipe emissions.
Blending Better Solutions
ACE has released a comprehensive guide to ethanol blender pumps, E85, and mid-range ethanol blends. The publication should serve as a one-stop, detailed resource for why and how to add a variety of ethanol fuel choices at gas sstations across the country. The guidebook contains information on ethanol blending economics, available infrastructure incentvies, equipment requirements, best practices, a checklist of key items to consider, and more!
- "Blending Better Solutions" ACE, May 2008
Provide your FFV customers with a brochure that pinpoints the value of consumer choice and provides key information for those flex-fuel customers interested in mid-level ethanol blends. If you are interested in providing this information for your customers, please contact ACE.
- "Better blends for your flex fuel vehicle" ACE, October 2008
Blender Pump Locations
For a complete list of blender pump locations nationwide, view ACE's map here: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=114795702092705781866.0004506e7cf3ae206a7c0
Tax Credit for E85 Infrastructure
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005, P.L. 109-58) created a 30 percent federal income tax credit, up to $30,000 maximum, to establish alternative fuel infrastructure. The provision permits taxpayers to claim a 30 percent credit for the cost of installing clean-fuel vehicle refueling property to be used in a trade or business of the taxpayer or installed at the principal residence of the taxpayer. Under the provision clean fuels are any fuel at least 85 percent of the volume of which consists of ethanol, natural gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and hydrogen and any mixture of diesel fuel and biodiesel containing at least 20 percent biodiesel. The provision is effective for property placed in service after December 31, 2005 and before January 1, 2010.
Prohibition on Franchise Agreement Restrictions Related to E85 Infrastructure
Section 241 of The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-140) amends the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act to prohibit for a franchisor (i.e. oil company) to restrict a franchisee from installing E85 infrastructure through a franchise agreement.
Infrastructure Development Grants for Mid-level Blends of Ethanol
Section 244 of The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-140) authorizes the Secretary of Energy to establish a new program for making grants and providing assistance to retail and wholesale fuel dealers for the installation, replacement, or conversion of fuel storage and dispensing equipment for renewable fuel blends greater than E10 but less than E85. Funding assistance is subject to appropriations from Congress.
ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings wrote a letter to Senators Dorgan (D-ND) and Domenici (R-NM) requesting they provide full funding of the Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Grants program authorized in Section 244 of the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 (EISA). Read the full text of that letter here.
Use this form for tax credits on E85 infrastructure:
STATE BIOFUELS INFRASTRUCTURE
For a list of current state biofuels infrastructure programs, visit BYO Ethanol at http://www.ethanol.org/admin/www.byoethanol.com.
*For updates to state infrastructure programs, please contact Lacey Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.