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E15 Ethanol Blend Testing to Start in California
USAgNet - 10/22/2020

The National Corn Growers Association, along with state corn organizations, ethanol partners and the auto industry, are working with the California Air Resources Board to conduct vehicle testing at the University of California at Riverside. E15 in the California market is important to growing ethanol demand. CARB is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is the state's clean air agency.

The testing will demonstrate the environmental benefits and compatibility of E15 in selected makes and models of vehicles. This process will help pave the way for sales of E15 and higher blends of ethanol in California.

"With the scope of research agreed upon and contracts signed, E15 testing in California can move forward," said JR Roesner, Indiana farmer and Ethanol Action Team (ETHAT) member. "If we can achieve E15 as the base fuel in California, based on estimated total gasoline usage in the state in 2015, the potential market opportunity would be roughly 750 million gallons of ethanol or 260 million bushels of corn."

Tests will be conducted on 20 late-model vehicles to measure tailpipe and evaporative emissions. Testing a broad sample of makes, models, and technology levels with both E10 and E15 blends will provide CARB with the necessary information to permit the sale of E15 in California.

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