The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ruling allowing American drivers to fuel up with E15 all year round celebrates its first anniversary this week.
The decision, issued on May 31, 2019, lifted summer restrictions and represented the culmination of a decade-long campaign for a fuel blended with 15% ethanol.
“COVID-19 may have slowed fuel demand in recent months, but the promise of E15 remains stronger than ever as we mark the first anniversary of year-round sales,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor.
“This was a landmark victory for our members, congressional champions, retail partners and consumers across the country who fought by our side to lift outdated barriers to higher-octane, lower-carbon fuel options.
“As motorists begin returning to the roads, E15 is poised for rapid growth. In fact, a survey that 65% of US drivers are reporting big plans for extra summer travel once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
“And we already know that customers who try E15 are coming back again and again to take advantage of this more affordable, cleaner fuel. Last summer alone, E15 sales jumped 46% on a per-store basis from the previous year thanks to year-round sales,” she added.
“The future is even brighter. Nearly 400 new E15 locations have been added over the last year, bringing the total to 2,180, and the retail landscape continues to shift as the number of wholesale terminals offering pre-blended E15 continues to rise from only five in 2017 to nearly 200 today.”
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