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.

Letter urges EPA to relax ethanol mandate

Four congressmen are asking other federal lawmakers to sign a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of lowering the Renewable Fuel Standard. Now the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is joining other groups asking for citizens to ask their own legislators to sign the letter. Penned by U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.,…more

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And then there’s Texas

Despite serious weather issues, the state’s oil-and-gas-driven economy has kept boat sales on track The oil and shale boom in Texas has brought millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the Lone Star State so rapidly that in some areas, banks, schools and housing have struggled to keep up with the growing population and…more

NMMA: EPA seeks guidance from Congress on ethanol

A recent proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency seeking to raise the level of ethanol in the fuel supply was overwhelmingly rejected during its public comment period, prompting the EPA to turn to Congress for help on how to meet the mandate. That’s according to National Marine Manufacturers Association members working through the court system…more

ValvTect finishes marina fuel-tank testing

ValvTect Petroleum said it recently completed fuel tank testing at more than 600 marinas. Certified ValvTect marinas must have their fuel tanks tested before they sell ValvTect marine fuels and as often as twice a year thereafter. That’s in an effort to combat contaminates that are often present, but unnoticed in marinas’ gasoline and diesel…more

Briggs & Stratton offers new ethanol additive

Like marine engine builders, small-engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton Co. has never liked ethanol because it attracts moisture and creates problems for engines. Now the company says it has a solution to the problems ethanol causes in engines such as those in lawnmowers and boats, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The additive does not…more

Supreme Court denies E15 challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority by allowing fuel with 15 percent ethanol, or E15, into the overall supply despite prohibiting its use in marine and other engines. With no options left on that front, several groups, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association, will revisit…more

Megayacht outfitter carries diesel additive GO2

A major megayacht outfitting company has begun to carry the diesel fuel additive GO2, marking another step in the growth of a product that uses nanotechnology to burn diesel cleaner and more efficiently. “I think they have a great product,” said Steve Bowden, head of fueling services at National Marine Suppliers in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s…more

Industry tests planned on ethanol alternatives

The recreational boating industry is conducting new Department of Energy-funded research on alternative biofuels. On Thursday, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the American Boat and Yacht Council and Evinrude will join together to find alternatives to fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol. The tests are funded by the Department of Energy, which released a…more

Florida law repeals ethanol mandate

A Florida state lawmaker’s effort to repeal a requirement that all gasoline sold in the state have some ethanol in it has succeeded with the passage of a bill Gov. Rick Scott signed last Friday. “It’s one more mandate off the books,” state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, who has been trying to achieve…more

NMMA supports ethanol-cap legislation

NMMA legislative director Jim Currie urged members Thursday to push their lawmakers to support HR 1462, which would cap ethanol in gasoline at 10 percent. “If this bill were to pass, it would solve our problems with ethanol,” Currie said during a webinar held to prepare members who plan to attend the American Boating Congress…more

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