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August 25, 2003

Ethanol Available to Expand Tight Arizona Gas Supplies

by Julianne Johnston

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has sent a letter to Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano urging the use of 10 percent ethanol-blended fuel to help ease the state’s gasoline shortfall. Ethanol is used widely in Arizona during the winter to reduce carbon monoxide pollution. As such, there is an established supply distribution network for ethanol blending throughout the state and it doesn’t rely on pipelines.

Bob Dinneen, RFA president, wrote: “As you know, today virtually every gallon of Arizona’s gasoline supply is Cleaner Burning Gasoline (CBG) or Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) that relied upon pipeline shipments. But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today notified the state it would exercise enforcement discretion and allow the use of conventional gasoline as well in an effort to encourage increased gasoline supplies for the state. Importantly, EPA’s action also allows the use of 10% ethanol-blended conventional gasoline. By expanding gasoline supplies 10-percent, the use of ethanol will provide immediate relief to Arizona consumers.

“While refiners have made MTBE the oxygenate of choice in Arizona during the summer, ethanol has been used almost exclusively in the state during the winter months to reduce carbon monoxide pollution. As a result, ethanol is available today at storage facilities in Arizona in anticipation of the coming winter oxyfuel program. Additional supplies of ethanol can be shipped to the state within days. Notably, ethanol is not dependent upon the pipeline system for transportation. There are adequate supplies nationwide to assure 10% ethanol blending in all Arizona conventional gasoline. That will extend precious gasoline supply while helping to reduce consumer costs. Moreover, because ethanol reduces carbon monoxide and other exhaust emissions that lead to the formation of ozone, Arizona’s air quality will be protected even as supply is increased.”
 

 

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