Washington, DC, Jan 15, 2016: Despite the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in providing an entry ramp to the fuel market, the potential for corn ethanol to contribute to meeting a range of public policy objectives has only scratched the surface, according to a new White Paper released here today.
In order for corn ethanol production and use to move beyond the limits imposed by the RFS, the key is regulatory relief, writes the author of the paper, David Vander Griend, founder and CEO of ICM Inc, and president of the Urban Air Initiative.
The 15 billion gallon per year corn cap under the RFS is only relevant to the issuance of RINS (renewable credits) says VanderGriend and there is a huge market opportunity beyond the RFS. Specifically, he identifies the following as critical building blocks, all of which are within the ability of the US EPA to address:
Correcting the MOVES model and the lifecycle analysis of corn ethanol
Removing unnecessary vapor pressure restrictions that limit higher blend volumes
Raising minimum octane levels in gasoline while enforcing limits on toxic aromatics
Streamlining the process for the certifications of higher blends like E30
Reinstating flex fuel vehicle credits
New Issue Brief Looks at Improving Air Quality Through Transportation Fuels – crossroads fuel
Petroleum refiners synthesize toxic substances called aromatics from crude oil in order to increase gasoline octane levels and profits. These aromatics and their combustion by-products have been classified as Hazardous Air Pollutants by the EPA and linked to a myriad of cancers, heart disease, and other ailments. Originally thought of as a replacement for lead, a known poison, aromatics may be much worse. Cleaner, healthier alternatives are available for octane and this Issue Brief examines the history of our transition from lead to aromatics and how it is imperative that we improve fuel quality and protect public health.
New White Paper Highlights Corn Ethanol’s Decreasing Carbon Intensity – crossroads fuel
Energy Use Down, Yields Up Resulting in Significant Reductions Since 2008
Washington, DC, Jan 6, 2015: Innovations in conversion technology and energy use at ethanol facilities, coupled with enhanced efficiency fertilizers and corn production management have resulted in corn ethanol being significantly shortchanged in its value to reduce carbon emissions, according to a new White Paper released here today.
The paper was written by Ron Alverson, a South Dakota corn and soybean farmer with a background in Agronomy/Soil Science and produced through the Clean Fuels Development Coalition’s Ethanol Across America education campaign. Mr. Alverson provides a detailed analysis of recent changes to the life cycle carbon intensity of midwest corn ethanol as calculated by the U.S Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The tool created by Argonne is called the GREET (Greenhouse gasses, Regulated Emissions and Energy Transportation) model and has been significantly updated since its first iteration in 2008. However, the paper noted that the low carbon fuel regulators at the federal and state level have failed to recognize the new realities of what should now be considered an advanced biofuel.
Ethanol Lowers the Price of Gasoline – crossroads fuel
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this picture tells quite a story. One of the many myths the petroleum industry and the poultry and feeder industries perpetuate is that ethanol is more expensive than oil/gasoline. This picture was taken at a gas pump in South Carolina in late August and shows that gasoline without ethanol is 66 cents more expensive than the very same gasoline that contains ethanol. This is an apples to apples comparison in that they are both regular 87 octane. And, this cannot be dismissed as being a Midwest phenomenon that is only cheaper because it is in the heart of corn country.
Ethanol blended fuels represent value to the consumer while reducing the negative health impacts from the toxic compounds in gasoline.
Ethanol Highlighted Among the Alternative Fuels In Georgia Road Rally – crossroads fuel
Clean Fuels Foundation, Growth Energy Partner to Expand Consumer Awareness for Higher Ethanol Blends
Atlanta, GA, June 23, 2014: As part of its ongoing educational programs, Ethanol Across America, in cooperation with the The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign kicked off week two of the Georgia Alternative Fuel Road Rally this week following successful awareness events in Atlanta, Augusta, Warner Robbins, and Savannah on the first leg of the tour. The Clean Fuels Foundation, Growth Energy, and a number of agriculture and ethanol supporters are among the sponsors of the tour which is designed to increase consumer and fleet operator awareness for alternative fuels.
The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign is focusing on the message that high level ethanol blends and FFVs are an option for private and government fleets and that they can be very competitive among the family of legally defined alternative fuels.
Gasoline Exhaust is Linked to Serious Health Problems – crossroads fuel
Gasoline exhaust is a much greater source of toxic emissions than previously reported, and lethal, ultra-fine particulates are not being adequately regulated and controlled according to a new White Paper in the EAA White Paper series.
The paper was written by David E. Hallberg, the founder and first president of the Renewable Fuels Association. Hallberg writes that the petroleum industry is refining gasoline with high levels of toxic aromatics that combust into benzene and other carcinogenic pollutants. This gasoline that is reaching consumers represents a serious health threat but cost effective alternatives are available.
“At a time when the petroleum industry is spending millions to discredit clean octane products that can be used to protect public health, EPA needs to re-assess their protocols and recognize this growing threat”, said Hallberg. He added that mid-Level ethanol blends can provide significantly greater emission health, and economic benefits than EPA models indicate.
New White Paper Challenges EPA Modeling of Ethanol Emissions – crossroads fuel
Washington, D.C., August 26, 2013: Mid-Level Ethanol Blends can provide significantly greater emission and health benefits than US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) models indicate, according to a new White Paper written by Steve VanderGriend of the Urban Air Initiative.
Mr. VanderGriend writes that ethanol’s chemical property has a beneficial distillation point that makes it almost impossible for it to cause the kinds of increases EPA claims. In fact, he argues, it is the highly toxic aromatics added to gasoline in the EPA testing procedures that cause significant increases in criteria emissions. He makes the case that ethanol is a superior blending agent that can replace toxic components of gasoline used for octane. Ethanol provides clean octane that, when properly blended, would create value for blends well beyond 10% volume.
The EPA findings relate to the Renewable Fuel Standard and a specific model developed by the Agency required in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.