E15 pumps pop up in Midwest; North Dakota latest state with fuel mix
Three months after an effort to block the sale of E15 stalled in the U.S. Supreme Court, the fuel blend began being offered in another Midwestern state. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced in September the availability of E15 (a mix of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) at six gas stations.
He welcomed E15 as another way to grow the biofuels industry in North Dakota, where, since 2005, ethanol production has risen from about 30 million gallons per year to about 377.5 million. A year ago, Kansas became the first U.S. state where E15 was sold. The fuel blend is also now available in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, more than 30 gas stations (nearly all in the Midwest) offer E15 blends. A mix of groups unsuccessfully sought court action to overturn a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision permitting E15 sales. The American Petroleum Institute has called the EPA’s decision “premature and irresponsible." Concerns about E15 include its impact on older car models. In its decision, the EPA limited the use of E15 to cars with a model year of 2001 or newer.