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Allch Chcar

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  1. Yes, I say, absolutely. It gives us a one up over puregas.org and their crappy website. Then I can use it to divert traffic here. Looking for puregas? They don't update prices, check here. Provided we start updating pumps without Ethanol too.
  2. Lack of demand AND supply maybe? I know that the Cascadia region is very environmentally friendly. They are well known for all the hippies, hipsters, and conservationists living there. Their farming is mostly irrigated. That coupled with environmental regulations on Ethanol plants. It could have something to do with a distinct lack of Ethanol subsidies compared to Michigan. They also require Gasoline to meet the CARB oxygenated blend requirements. Premium gasoline is 91 AKI which is called piss gas. It warrants some investigation to be sure. I've been researching the area for awhile. So I'll let you know if I find anything out.
  3. I would say no as I already do that. But most people might not be as inclined to do some arithmetic. Which is precisely why they should be compared. There is also the lack of regulation or a minimum octane for E85. Even though E50-E85 might have the same octane, they give significantly different results. Assuming all else is equal, an engine running E85 will make more power while consuming more fuel than E50.
  4. I haven't purchased fuel from Murphy's in years, even knowing they give a 10 cent discount for Wallyworld gift cards. But they own some high traffic stations. So I say good job.
  5. What do we do if we run into a station that also sells Regular Gasoline without Ethanol? Occasionally I have seen stations sell Regular without Ethanol but more often stations sell Premium without Ethanol.
  6. E50-E85 w/ 87 AKI BoB is right about 94.4-94.6 AKI. So that would be about right if it was 85 AKI Blend Stock. Pure Ethanol is 113 AKI but E85 mixed with 87 AKI does not make 105 AKI. The correct way is to test it when both fuels are mixed together.
  7. So they're saying the decline in Domestic Gasoline consumption is due to the lack of RINs to comply with the RFS. That's a weak argument. Considering that when the Oil companies were in compliance and Ethanol was abundant, RINs were practically worthless. I'd say that the reduction was minimal either way. The point of the RINs is to make Renewables more attractive and I'd say they're doing just that right now. With the EPA proposal to match Gasoline demand, there isn't much point in denying it. The EPA is already working on matching Renewable expectations to reality. It's no surprise that the Food producers whom requested the waiver during the drought are still upset and confused. But that situation resolved itself economically. High prices reduced demand for Ethanol, which has a highly flexible demand, meaning plants shutdown or cut production.
  8. I'm not surprised. The EPA doesn't have the impetus they thought they had. Having the support of the public(polls) isn't enough. They need the support of Automakers first and foremost. Right now they only have partial support from Domestic Automakers but it's tentative. Even now, Automakers rarely advertise Flexfuel capability. My guess is that someone is putting pressure on them to hide the Flexfuel capability or more likely they don't see any benefit to it. Plenty of people are pushing back against Ethanol in all forms so it's also a possibility. The EPA very obviously and very publicly lost this battle. It might be time for plan C, more regulations on Gasoline. Such as Gasoline taxes, Carbon taxes, etc. They could have any number of backup plans. I know I would.
  9. Yeah, I remember when they won and no one seemed to care. Except me of course. I heard some complaints about E85 getting an unfair advantage due to rules. But I never got around to checking that out.
  10. Maybe because people are putting E85 in their rental cars right before they return them.
  11. Heh, I waited until fuel was at 1/4 tank and put in 4 gallons of E85 without any Gasoline. When I told my Mother she started to get nervous and talk about mechanical problems and the anti-Ethanol ad campaign, which I had told her previously. Needless to say, I checked the math and it was only ~40% Ethanol. I'll check it again later as a precaution. I do not believe the average person would be comfortable doing this. My Father of all people would never do anything besides pump as much regular as he needs and go. Even as easy as it is to blend E85 with some Regular, most people wouldn't be able to do it without some hand holding.
  12. That's kind of the point though. Oil companies are willing to spend more money avoiding compliance than supporting a competitor. At what point would Blender pumps start being more attractive? Maybe regulators could try to encourage Fuel Station owner's to get on board and to start putting pressure on their Oil suppliers? It could be time to start breaking the hold Oil companies have on this country. Let's face it, most stations have contracts to keep their prices low. If there was more competition they would be free to buy from other suppliers, including offering alternative fuels.
  13. I haven't looked into the specific regulations for fueling stations. So I am interested to hear that. I'm always curious what Blend stock they use. Especially for E85. ;D Supply is pretty tight. It's possible the price jump is only during the transition period.
  14. My mistake on the timing. And I didn't know it was +2.5 octanes for blending Ethanol. As for rounding octanes, that is completely legal. 87 only has to be 86.5 AKI. It's been that way for as long as I have known about it. I would like to hear them blame the RFS for saving them money by using lower octane BoB to conserve Oil. It's very much a double edged sword. Most people will just have to use it or switch to midgrade. The rest of us can use more Ethanol.
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