storky reacted to Billyk24 in Why is ethanol a better fuel?
Developing a variety of feedstock for ethanol production is a good thing. That has to work hand in hand with the creation of new ethanol production facilities and the support of government officials and policies. Why is this so difficult to put into play? Money?
storky reacted to Billyk24 in Tesla Model 3
Just a reminder that the range of these vehicles will decrease during the cold winter months. For some of us this comes from experience. I would rather stick with a PHEV than a pure electric vehicle--at this time--due to the limited number or rapid recharging locations.
storky reacted to TD in Tesla Model 3
I really like the idea of owning a Tesla, but the models with all the features come out first (expensive) so the one I could afford would be years from first launch.
The Tesla quality control also concerns me. They haven't even reached the quality that the Big Three had in the 90's yet (before imports forced them to improve).
OTOH, the Bolt looks interesting and will be available much sooner. I'd like my first EV to have closer to 300 miles of range.
storky reacted to gasisoutrageous in GasBuddy
I'm all over the place with Gasbuddy. I find that a lot of stations that sell E85 don't have it marked as a feature, so I like to go in there and make sure the checkbox is selected. Oftentimes, I'll also see other edits that are badly needed - the address is incorrect or incomplete, the phone number is missing, other amenities available at the station aren't listed on Gasbuddy, the coordinates are off, etc. I'm extremely detail-oriented, and even the slightest glitch bothers me. The problem is, my access was cut off. I had been using the gasisoutrageous account for over 7 years, and then that happened. I use Gasbuddy as another method of finding the address and phone number, and it is imperative I have it for the coordinates.
Yes, Gasbuddy is full of anti-ethanol hatred. Any time I post anything on the forums, it often gets a nasty or cynical response. There is virtually nothing on the local Gasbuddy forums. I stopped using Gasbuddy after Briggs and Stratton ran some ads saying "look before you buy", talking about the ethanol content. Plus, I don't use gasoline, so that site has been virtually worthless. Really, the only reason I bother with gasoline is to see the price spreads.
But I would think if these folks really hated ethanol that much, they wouldn't waste their time on a site that advertises E10 prices, and would instead go to pure-gas.org. Ethanol-free isn't even an amenity option that shows up for stations on Gasbuddy.
I've loved the recent improvements though to the Gasbuddy user interface. I think it has a lot of benefits that our site has been lacking. It's very user-friendly, shows prices on an interactive map, and it's easy as pie to upload photos. That way, if someone is wondering whether or not a station has E85, they can see photos of the pumps and the signs. Plus, duplicates are weeded out easily, and if a station has E85 but isn't listed, it can be added in a snap. If it does not have E85, you can simply take it out and leave it at that.
With any new update, you usually have some bugs. I too have noticed that other stations which do not have E85 show up frequently. When I open the app, I see tons of stations that don't have the fuel. I go to the map, and I see the same thing there. But then, all I have to do is scroll around, and the non-E85 stations are weeded out. My main complaint though is that you can't see price history like you do here. That and I like comparing E85 to E0. Plus, E85 prices are not showing up on the iPad app or on the main website.
storky reacted to BJoe in GasBuddy
Aaron sent me a text about this a few hours ago, could be interesting to see what happens. Considering the stations that tend to overcharge, I wonder if this might work as a tool for shaming them into lowering their prices, or be a way for fleet operators to see who's selling for what and tell their drivers not to buy, or even for local regulators to monitor pricing without driving all over like Aaron had done just to get prices.
storky reacted to Fuelinggood in GasBuddy
This could be a blessing and/or a curse. Gas Buddy has never been a fan of ethanol, and is usually vocal about it. Guessing someone paid them to do it, but it wasn't us. As long as the numbers look good, they will likely be quiet on the prices submitted, but I could definitely see them saying, "hey, told you so..." if some bad price spreads appear. They are also owned by OPIS, which was recently purchased. It will be interesting to see how the assets adjust, if at all, during the changes coming ahead.
storky reacted to gasisoutrageous in Erin Brockovich... and the untold story of how ethanol is being used to cleanup hexavalent chromium
I have gotten caught up in this movie because it is one of the funnier movies I've seen, alongside the moving backstory.
The story is about how a single, divorced mother of three kids is able to bring $28 billion San Francisco based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to its knees. PG&E is a massive utility company that serves the state of California and surrounding areas. This company became infamous for the compressor station which operates in the unincorporated town of Hinkley, California, situated 1/3 of the drive from LA to Vegas. Chromium 6, also referred to as hexavalent chromium, was used as a rust inhibitor. PG&E used piston engines to run water through the compressor station to keep it cool. As mentioned, the Cr-6 kept the water from creating rust. When they were done with the water, PG&E employees would dump the water into holding ponds next to the plant. Unfortunately, the plant employees skipped the step of lining the ponds when the practice of using hexavalent chromium at this plant began in 1952. As such, the water seeped into the ground. Hinkley is well within the Mojave desert, and the residents are highly dependent on well water.
So what is the big deal?
Let's just say it's safer to drink gasoline. I'm not kidding. Repeated exposure to hexavalent chromium, often through the form of water, is known to cause chronic headaches, nosebleeds severe enough to drench towels, bone and organ deterioration, kidney failure, nearly any type of cancer, and more.
How does ethanol figure into the picture?
PG&E will be paying for this for decades to come. In the original 1996 settlement, PG&E was ordered to pay the 634 plaintiffs a total of $333 million, which remains the largest in a single direct action lawsuit in United States history. Through additional settlements and legal trouble, PG&E has paid a combined total of $800 million due to their use of Cr-6. And now, Pacific Gas and Electric Company is facing a second lawsuit from residents of Hinkley not involved in the original lawsuit.
Erin Brockovich continues her work, having dedicated her life to fighting hexavalent chromium. Ed Masry, the lawyer for whom Erin was working as she began her career, passed away in 2005 from complications due to diabetes.
Link to the ethanol story: http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20130709/hinkley-what-is-pge-doing-about-chromium-6-in-the-communitys-well-water
Link to the second lawsuit story: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Toxic-plume-spreads-PG-amp-E-faces-2nd-Hinkley-4688046.php
"plume" refers to the region of affected groundwater.
storky reacted to Greengenes in Vw vs The EPA
We have a '13 Jetta TDI. Gets great mpgs. Decent performance climbing the hills.
I've been trying for awhile now to find out how to get past running B20 . VWAmerica
claims it's not at all possible because of timing/DI setup. I wanted to be at least part-way
environmentally friendly. Now it appears top-level VW management is not just filthy rich,
but just plain filthy. Won't be buying their products again , EVER. Danke Sehr.
storky reacted to gasisoutrageous in 5,000 New E15/E85 Pumps coming
I hate to be cynical, but I'll believe it when I see it.
As I stated when I spoke in front of the EPA back in June, my biggest concern is now how all of these stations have 10-12 fuel pumps, with E85 at only 2 of them. If you price E85 even a little bit better, and put it at more than one set of pumps, you'll sell so much, your head will spin. I guarantee it. That's something I'd like to see change. Thanks to Meijer and Speedway, northern lower Michigan, and now the Upper Peninsula, are slowly beginning to fill in. This has been a number one concern of mine from day one, and it's slowly being addressed. Slow and steady wins the race. Meijer has announced plans to build stores in the Canadian border town of Sault Ste Marie, in the north central UP town of Marquette, and down near the southern tip with Wisconsin, in the town of Escanaba.
Say, ya been to da UP eh?
storky reacted to dan45mcc in 5,000 New E15/E85 Pumps coming
$100 Million In Grants ..!
5,000 pumps offering higher blends of ethanol nationwide.
Fact Sheet: USDA Invests in Clean Energy Economy, Supporting U.S. Producers and Seeking to Double Number of Higher Blend Renewable Fuel Pumps Available to ConsumersTo create new markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers, help Americans save money on their energy bills, support America's clean energy economy, cut carbon pollution, and reduce dependence on foreign oil and costly fossil fuels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to aggressively pursue investments in American-grown renewable energy.
As part of that commitment, USDA is investing $100 million in clean energy infrastructure that will make more options available to American consumers. USDA recently announced that 21 states will receive the funds, through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, to install nearly 5,000 pumps offering higher blends of ethanol nationwide. This will be made possible by matching the $100 million federal investment with private and state resources at a more than one-to-one ratio. Through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, USDA will test innovative ways to distribute higher blends of renewable fuel. A typical gas pump can deliver fuel that contains a maximum 10 percent ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump, despite the fact that our farmers now produce record amounts of renewable biofuels.
This new investment seeks to double the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying higher blends of renewable fuel to consumers, such as E15 and E85. This will also expand markets for farmers and help them diversify their rural energy portfolios, support rural economic growth and the jobs that come with it, and ultimately give consumers more affordable options at the pump.
The United States exported more than $2 billion dollars of ethanol last year, making the United States the world's largest exporter of ethanol. Other countries are investing in clean energy technologies because they realize the tremendous economic potential of these energy sources, and we must do the same to remain competitive.
Still, a combination of factors is creating uncertain times for America's corn and soybean producers. Lower commodity prices and reduced demand for feed as the poultry industry recovers from the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus are putting pressure on producers and sectors of the U.S. economy. These competitive grants will create additional markets for feedstock commodities and will be funded through USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), which was created to stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices.
Increased domestic production and use of renewable energy, paired with growing renewable energy exports, has the potential to support hundreds of thousands of jobs in rural communities. This announcement builds on USDA's ongoing efforts to work with farmers and ranchers to support a robust clean energy economy in rural America, including:
storky reacted to Fuelinggood in $100M for blender pumps from USDA... the rest of the story.
The USDA just announced $100M for blender pumps. Here is the main text from the announcement:
As part of that commitment, USDA is investing up to $100 million in clean energy infrastructure that will make more options available to American consumers. Through the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership, USDA funds, administered through competitive grants and matched at least one-to-one by funds from States, will test innovative ways to distribute higher blends of renewable fuel. States that offer a greater than one-to-one ratio in funding will receive higher consideration for grant funds. A typical gas pump can deliver fuel that contains a maximum 10% ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump, despite the fact that our farmers now produce record amounts of renewable biofuels.
At this point, I don't know if retailers will be able to directly apply or how the match from states will work. The information is not yet available.
The announcement comes on the heels of the EPA failing to enforce the statutory levels of the RFS and citing the blend wall as the reason. Also in response to the RVO levels, RINs are dropping like a rock, which will affect E85 prices negatively quickly.
I will share more once I have more to share.
storky reacted to Billyk24 in Green Car Reports: Will Fuel Economy Rules Require Future Cars To Use Premium Gas?
In general, higher compression engines provide greater efficiency but normally need higher octane fuel to run at this level. Will the "lawmakers" raise the minimum octane of regular fuel (91?) to meet this requirement. I bet higher blends of ethanol E20-E30 would be significantly cheaper than to raise the pump gas octane levels thru different formulations and/or additions.
Yes I am aware the Mazda skytech engines have a 13.0 to 1 compression ratio but run on regular pump gas.
storky reacted to TD in Green Car Reports: Will Fuel Economy Rules Require Future Cars To Use Premium Gas?
Seems like a no-brainer to me. E30 has more than enough octane to replace Premium fuel.
storky reacted to Greengenes in New Cummins Medium Duty Truck Engine Tuned for E85
Another powerplant choice for truck manufacturers. This is always good. I live in a rural area and
watch farm equipment roll by on the county road each day. It would be good to see some of these be
ethanol powered -- to "close the loop" on renewable fuel generation/use. Not as many trucks going by
as tractors / combine/ other implements -- but at harvest time, lots of trucks loaded with beets , headed to
the processing pile. These trucks have heavy torque needs, and are rolling constantly during the harvest
campaign. Same can be said for support equipment for wheat, corn, sorghum , as trucks make their way into
and out of the fields 24/7 , until end of campaign. Plenty of E85 fuel available here. too.
storky reacted to Wintermute in New Cummins Medium Duty Truck Engine Tuned for E85
The price is a lot better than the Ford's too....