Fuel Up With Clean-Burning E15 For Memorial Day Road Trips

Recently we mentioned the Plymouth VIP Auto gas station that is part of the Minnoco group of stations. We received some more info from them that we wanted to share – especially if you and your family are taking a road trip this Memorial Day Weekend.

According to Growth Energy, American consumers have helped E15 – a fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline – reach a significant milestone. Drivers across the United States have logged more than 1 billion miles on E15 – attesting to the fuel’s performance, safety, and value. The availability of E15 could save consumers up to $72 million by the end of 2017, based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data.

“American drivers are taking advantage of the proven performance, environmental benefits, and savings E15 provides,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “That’s why Congress should pass the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act and give drivers freedom to choose E15 year-round. This common-sense fix to the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) law will end confusing restrictions on retailers and allow consumers to choose a fuel that is kinder to the earth, good for their engines, and saves them up to 10 cents per gallon each trip to the pump in the summer.”

We have stopped at the station in Plymouth and have fueled up with E 15 – it costs less and we know its better for health and the environment. If you’re getting ready to head to the cabin or elsewhere for the long weekend, we encourage you to do the same.

In addition, we looked into the RVP issue mentioned in the quote in the press release above. The US Senate is considering legislation that wound fix regulations that force many convenience stores to switch to less environmentally-friendly fuel options during the summer months, from June 1 to September 15, and discourage many retailers from offering higher biofuel blends altogether.

The “legislation would extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15). The bill would allow retailers across the country to offer more biofuel choices to customers year-round. Growth Energy’s call to action was echoed by a growing alliance of companies representing both pioneers in advanced biofuels and major E15 retailers, including POET-DSM, Novozymes, Protec Fuel, and Kwik Trip. The bipartisan Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act was introduced by Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Thune (R-SD), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) and 13 other bipartisan Senators in March. Backed by Growth Energy and other allies, Senate champions have sought to bring the bill to a vote in next few weeks.”

“The proposal has broad, bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, in part because the current restrictions force many convenience stores to switch to less environmentally-friendly fuel options during the summer months, from June 1 to September 15, and discourage many retailers from offering higher biofuel blends altogether. According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), E15 can help to ‘reduce harmful volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, displace cancer causing emissions, and reduce smog forming potential, as well as cutting greenhouse gases … E15 is also typically two to 10 cents cheaper per gallon than E10.'”

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