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TAG: E15

Confusion at the pump

March 24, 2017By
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Gasoline blended with more than 10 percent ethanol continues to pose a risk to contractors who aren’t educated about its harmful effects on landscape equipment engines. When consumers arrive at the gas pump, they have more fuel choices now than ever before. And while these alternatives and biofuels may be fraught with good intentions of being gentler on the environment,... read more

OPEI poll shows consumers lack education on new fuels

March 20, 2017By

Though consumers are increasingly aware of the fuel they are using, reports of misfueling and improper fueling practices are on the rise, according to a poll recently released by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). “While most people seem to be aware that there is ethanol in gasoline, the poll results show increased misfueling,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of... read more

RFS Reform Act earns praise from OPEI

April 11, 2013By

The engine products industry welcomed news that a bipartisan group of legislators–Bob Goodlatte, R-VA; Jim Costa, D-CA; Peter Welch, D-VT and Steve Womack, R-AR–introduced April 10 the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. “We welcome this legislation and are pleased that members of Congress are addressing this critical challenge for the engine products industry,”... read more

OPEI’s Kiser responds to Maine E15 bill

January 29, 2013By
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ALEXANDRIA, VA.—The proposal to ban E15 fuel in Maine sets the stage to protect consumers from misfueling, writes Kris Kiser, CEO and president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), in an opinion column that recently appeared in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News. Gasoline with higher ethanol content can damage small engines that power landscape and forestry equipment, boats and... read more

Court denies E15 challenge

January 17, 2013By
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WASHINGTON—A federal appeals court has upheld a decision to keep an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that permits the sale of E15, or gasoline with up to 15 percent ethanol, The Hill reports. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and other trade groups sued the EPA in 2010, saying E15 would harm engines. In August the court said the trade... read more

Perspective: E15’s potential dangers

September 16, 2012By

One of the most important regulatory issues that fleet managers are keeping an eye on is the movement towards E15.  Just when fleets were getting used to E10, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began a push for an increase to 15 percent ethanol. In 2010, EPA issued a partial waiver that allows for the use of E15 in vehicles manufactured... read more