Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage issued an executive order directing all state agencies to buy gasoline blended with 5 percent or less ethanol when it’s comparably priced to higher blends.
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.
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing last week on the Renewable Fuel Standard, the law that results in rising ethanol levels in the fuel supply.
When Jerry Nessenson says he is retiring, he’s using the term somewhat loosely. The founder of ValvTect Petroleum Products might be leaving the company, but he will continue as a consultant to fuel and gasoline marketers and distributors with his new firm and plans to maintain a presence in the marine industry.
In a letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, 45 members of the House of Representatives questioned the agency about what it has done to protect boat owners and other small-engine equipment consumers from accidentally misfueling with E15 and higher blends of ethanol.
Gevo Inc. said today that it has an agreement with Musket Corp. to supply isobutanol for blending with gasoline.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Michael Lewan testified last week at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on a proposed change to renewable fuel standards that would increase the amount of ethanol blended into the overall fuel supply.
The Environmental Protection Agency opened the public comment period on its proposal to increase biofuels in the 2017 fuel supply, a move that would increase the amount of ethanol in the fuel supply and prompt more pumps selling fuel with 15 percent ethanol, or E15.
Gerald “Jerry” Nessenson, founder and longtime president of ValvTect Petroleum Products, announced his retirement on Wednesday.
As the Memorial Day weekend starts off the summer boating season, BoatUS and the National Marine Manufacturers Association are urging boaters to be mindful when they select fuel for their boats.
The Environmental Protection Agency again has proposed increasing the amount of biofuels to be mixed into the gasoline supply, but at levels set below the Renewable Fuel Standard, the law that mandates the increases.