Especially with the summer season fast approaching, the ethanol industry is committed to enabling more choice at the pump for consumers across the U.S. This week’s top bioenergy stories all speak to that effort—whether those consumers are planning a trip down the road or downriver.

New poll from Growth Energy shows no boater confusion at the pump

CK Motorsports and Growth Energy released a new survey, which found that an overwhelming majority of American boaters are confident when selecting fuels. The poll of 500 U.S. boat owners conducted by Quadrant Strategies showed that 94% of boaters find it easy to pick the right fuel and are confident in their selection.

“Critics of the ethanol industry often claim that offering higher ethanol blends would confuse boaters and cause misfuelling issues, but that is simply not the case,” said Keith Holmes, owner of CK Motorsports, a premier certified Mercury Marine Engine & Racing service dealer. “97% of the nation’s fuel supply is E10—gasoline that contains 10% ethanol—and all current boat engines are warrantied for E10 and have been for nearly two decades.”

Read more about the survey at Growth Energy.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signs bill that includes biofuel infrastructure funding

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation that provides $3 million of funding for the state’s Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Fund. The legislation is known as the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Bill, or HF 643.

Administered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program helps fuel retailers upgrade their equipment to allow for the expanded use of renewable fuels, including E15, E85 and biodiesel.

Those awarded funding under the program can be reimbursed for up to 50% of the costs for specific components of a project. Get more information on the program at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Retail & cellulosic leaders join push for US Senate action on E15 fix

Growth Energy urged the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to quickly approve legislation that would extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to gasoline blended with 15% ethanol, or E15.

The bill would allow retailers 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 Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act has 18 bipartisan sponsors, and Senate champions are seeking to bring the bill to a vote in the 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.

More on this story at Hoosier Ag Today.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Writer at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.