Bring Out Your Dead

Earlier this year I attended the National Ethanol Conference and was asked what I thought about the future of the alternative fuel E85. Never one to shy away from an honest answer, I told 1,000 primarily pro-ethanol attendees, that without serious life support, it might find itself on the cart of dead bodies from Monty Python's "Holy Grail." Of course, advocates will respond to this statement loudly proclaiming, "I'm not dead yet!"

And of course, the market for E85 is not dead yet. There are more than 20 million flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) in the United States, FFVs still represent about 10% of new vehicles sold, the number of stations offering E85 has increased in the past couple of years and there are some stores that are selling a significant amount of the fuel. But sometimes the seas are calmest before the storm. Read More.

John Eichberger
Executive Director
Fuels Institute

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Featured Research

Retailing E85: An Analysis of Market Performance, July 2014-August 2015

Our latest report provides an updated analysis of retail sales price and volume of E85 compared with unleaded sales over the 13 month time period between July 2014 and August 2015, when national prices of unleaded gasoline were averaging $2.50.

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Additional Resources

Developments in the U.S. Bioenergy Market

A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office highlighting the growth and progress of markets and technologies related to the bioenergy economy, and specifically, the development of the biofuels industry.

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Just the Facts
36 Billion Gallons
The amount of renewable fuel scheduled by the Renewable Fuel Standard to be produced and consumed by 2020.
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What Can We Learn from the Food Industry?

In this month’s article, questions are posed regarding the lack of consumer education surrounding the fuels industry.

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