Fuel Issues and Ethanol

The gasoline additive ethanol is known to cause problems in marine engines. Trade Only follows developments on this issue and others related to fueling recreational boats.

Racing series says ethanol is safe for marine engines

The Renewable Fuels Association and the National Boat Racing Association announced that hydroplane and runabout racing boats will compete in 2011 NBRA series event races with E10 fuel, which contains 10 percent ethanol. “We are thrilled to partner with NBRA to dispel any notion that ethanol is an unfit fuel for marine engines,” said Robert…more

North Carolina proposes ethanol labels

Three North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill in the General Assembly that requires the Gasoline and Oil Inspection Board to adopt rules to require labels for all dispensing pumps and other dispensing devices that offer ethanol-blended gasoline for retail sale in the state, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. Although pump labeling is one step…more

Groups ask EPA to ensure E10 will be available

Auto, marine, motorcycle, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft and snowmobile groups filed a petition today asking the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure the continued sale and availability of gasoline blends that are no more than 10 percent ethanol. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Association of Marina Industries, BoatU.S., the National Boating Federation and the…more

States move to implement E15

Efforts to clear the way for the eventual sale of gasoline that contains 15 percent ethanol are under way in Nebraska and Illinois, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. The Illinois bill would authorize the state to encourage service stations to offer E15 and provide information about any financial incentives that might be developed for…more

Maine bill exempts commercial boats from fuel tax

A proposal in Maine to exempt commercial fishing boats from a 5 percent state fuel tax sailed through the legislature’s taxation committee in mid-February. The measure, known as LD 185, “An Act to Refund the Sales Tax Paid on Fuel Used in Commercial Fishing Vessels,” would restore a benefit fishermen previously obtained through a now-defunct…more

Survey: Consumers spend less as gas prices jump

About one in three U.S. consumers (32 percent) have already significantly reduced discretionary spending because of the rise in gasoline prices, according to the monthly RBC Consumer Outlook Index. With the national average price about $3.20 gallon at the time the survey was conducted (Feb. 25-28), another one in five (18 percent) say they will…more

NMMA: House-passed bill would block spending on E15

The House of Representatives has passed an amendment to federal spending legislation that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from using funding from this fiscal year to implement its waiver on the introduction of fuels containing 15 percent ethanol, or E15, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. The EPA has approved the use of E15 for…more

ValvTect honors Florida marina

ValvTect Petroleum recently presented its 2010 Marina of the Year Award to Longboat Key Club Moorings in Longboat Key, Fla. The ValvTect Marina of the Year Award is presented annually to a ValvTect certified marina for outstanding operation, commitment to customer service and environmental stewardship. Longboat Key Club Moorings is one of nearly 600 ValvTect…more

Blog shows E15 opposition in aviation industry

The uproar over E15 isn’t just being heard from the boating community. Others, including the aviation community, also oppose the EPA’s recent decision to allow sales of the higher ethanol blend. In a blog posted recently on the General Aviation News website, the writers point out that no one is required to make E15 under…more

EPA expands E15 rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today waived a limitation on selling gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol for model-year 2001 through 2006 cars, SUVs and light pickup trucks. The agency also announced that no waiver is being granted this year for E15 use in any motorcycles, heavy-duty vehicles or non-road engines, including boat…more

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