Bacteria and the “food” they feed
on (i.e., fuel) are always present, but
without water and oxygen, they cannot
wreak the sort of havoc that is being
EQUIPMENT COMPATIBILIT Y
Considering a change to current
underground infrastructure can be
daunting for retailers, especially when
equipment compatibility is involved.
Cost is important, and there are
One of the nation’s largest equipment distributors estimates that adding
a higher blend of ethanol at a site
with existing compatible tanks and
pipes could run between $10,000 and
$25,000 on the low end. That number
doesn’t consider required labor,
secondary containment, permitting
or anything associated with the fuel
Conversely, according to the
distributor, if a retailer were to build
a new site with equipment for higher
ethanol blends, the cost would range
from $2,200 and $2,700 per fuel point.
(Again, dispensers, labor, containment
and permitting are not included.) That
amount would be in addition to the
cost of standard equipment.
The RFA recommends to anyone
considering offering higher ethanol
blends to consult with local petroleum equipment distributors and
state and local of;cials before making
Education today could save thousands tomorrow.
Model Misfuelling Mitigation Plan:
E15 Retailer Handbook:
E15 Retailer Information:
Cassie Mullen is director
of market development
at the Renewable Fuels
Association. She is a
past PEI board member and a member of
PEI Young Executives and PEI Women.
Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: RFA analysis using U.S. Department of Energy GREE T Model.
Since President George H. W. Bush signed the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, ethanol has
reduced carbon monoxide emissions from vehicles and reduced other pollutants such as
nitrogen oxide and fine particulate matter.
Ethanol production efficiency continues to improve, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
reductions associated with ethanol compared with gasoline continue to grow.
• Ethanol has contributed extensively to the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).
The estimated carbon intensity of starch-based ethanol used toward the LCFS has
declined by 21% since implementation in 2011.
• According to the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn
ethanol from a typical dry mill has 40% to 45% lower GHG emissions than gasoline.
• The use of ethanol in gasoline in 2018 reduced carbon dioxide equivalent GHG
emissions from the transportation sector by 55. 1 million metric tons. That’s the
equivalent of removing 11. 7 million cars from the road for a year or eliminating the
annual emissions from 13 coal-fired power plants.
President George H. W. Bush signed
the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.