ETHANOL SAVES MONEY

Tricia Braid

Jul, 03, 2014  |  Today's News

The Fuels America coalition is launching a new wave of ads to highlight highlighting renewable fuels’ savings for consumers as gas prices climb to their highest levels since 2008. The National Corn Growers Association is a member of the Fuels America coalition. More than 1,000 Illinois corn farmers asked EPA earlier this year to support ethanol by keeping the Renewable Fuel Standard ethanol volume at its legislated level. Illinois Corn has learned that EPA’s decision probably won’t come before September of this year.

The Fuels America coalition is launching a new wave of ads to highlight highlighting renewable fuels’ savings for consumers as gas prices climb to their highest levels since 2008.

Those high gas prices – caused principally by turmoil in Iraq – means deeper cost-cutting for the 41% of American consumers who plan to travel over this weekend, and the 75% who plan to travel this summer. The ads ask drivers in the Washington, DC area to support America’s Renewable Fuel Standard.

The gas station monitor video reminds drivers that “supporting clean energy production here in America is better for the environment, is better for your wallet, and because biofuel is higher octane, it’s actually even better for your engine.” The ad also celebrates the benefits that the RFS is already delivering to American consumers: “Thanks to America’s Renewable Fuel Standard, homegrown biofuels are cheaper than gasoline, saving you money every time you fill up.”

The WTOP spot asks Americans to declare their “independence” from foreign fossil fuels and “the sky-high price of gasoline.”

Wholesale prices for ethanol are about $1 less than wholesale gasoline, and E85 fuel (which contains up to 85% ethanol) is selling for $2.87 on average – a savings of $0.61 per gallon – according to E85prices.com.

“The Fourth of July is everything that’s right about America,” says the WTOP spot.

“But getting bent over a barrel by Big Oil couldn’t be more wrong. Tell the EPA: Help declare America’s energy independence. Protect the Renewable Fuel Standard.”

About Fuels America

Fuels America is a coalition of organizations committed to protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard and promoting the benefits of all types of renewable fuel already growing in America. Fuels America is founded on a simple core principle: Renewable fuel is good for the U.S. economy, for our nation’s energy security and for the environment. Visit us at www.fuelsamerica.org.