NCGA: E15 testing could pave the way for higher blends of ethanol in California

The National Corn Growers Association, state corn organizations, and ethanol partners are working with the California Air Resources Board to conduct vehicle testing at the University of California at Riverside.

NCGA says E15 in the California market is critical to growing ethanol demand.

Ethanol Action Team Member JR Roesner, a farmer from Indiana, says if they can achieve E15 as the base fuel in California, the potential market opportunity would be about 750 million gallons of ethanol or 260 million bushels of corn.

The organization says testing will demonstrate the environmental benefits and compatibility of the fuel in selected makes and models of vehicles.

Tests will be conducted on 20 late-model vehicles to measure tailpipe and evaporative emissions. Testing a broad sample of make sand models with both E10 and E15 blends will provide the California Air Resources Board with the necessary information to permit the sale of E15 in California.

NCGA and state partners, Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, the California Air Resources Board, and the United States Council for Automotive Research are partnering on the study.

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