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Tagged: ethanol

January 10, 2013

A slow rumble across the convention-hall floor during this week’s annual Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) wasn’t coming from the outdoor gear being demonstrated behind the Kentucky Expo Center, at the show’s 19-acre outdoor area. Rather, it was from news that some gas stations in Iowa, Kansas and Wisconsin had begun selling gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, or E15. We talked to Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, but the subject came up in conversations with every manufacturer we met.  Read more from this article here.    

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October 2, 2012

Alexandria, VA – October 2, 2012 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and PLANET today announced a joint press conference at GIE+EXPO, inviting media to come learn about issues, developments and trends impacting the lawn, landscape and outdoor power equipment markets.

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June 19, 2012

The fight over E15 is not over yet. The Environmental Protection Agency has given the approval for retailers to sell 15% ethanol blended fuel. The fuel we purchase at most gas stations around the country today already has 10% ethanol mixed in. The EPA and other supporters of the plan have wanted to add an additional 5% ethanol to the fuel mix for cars built after 2001. “Today, the last significant federal hurdle has been cleared to allow consumers to buy fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol (E15),” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This gets us one step closer [.....]

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June 18, 2012

Alexandria, Va. – June 18, 2012 — The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute issues a warning today that the EPA’s ruling providing their approval of the sale of 15 percent ethanol (E15) into the U.S. consumer marketplace for automobiles made since 2001, is dangerous. The government’s test results that show E15 is harmful to outdoor power equipment, boats and marine engines and other non-road engine products. The fuel used for automobiles and other engine products would have to be divided, substantially increasing the risk for misfueling, significant engine damage and consumer hazard. “For the first time in American history, fuel used [.....]

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April 24, 2012

The door has been opened for E15, fuel containing 15% ethanol, to make its way to the marketplace as early as this summer. Lawn equipment operators and their servicing dealers must remain diligent and work together in order to avoid potential equipment problems as a result. According to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), small engine-powered equipment is not designed to run on anything greater than E10. Improperly filling your lawn equipment with E15 could result in irreversible engine damage, in addition to exposing operators to a variety of safety risks. The EPA has approved the first round of applications [.....]

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April 14, 2012

A biofuel that will be produced commercially in Minnesota is turning out to have major advantages over ethanol, especially for engines that can’t burn that fuel at higher concentrations. Scientists who have studied isobutanol, an alcohol fuel made from corn and soon to be manufactured in Luverne, Minn., say it can be easily blended with gasoline at up to 16 percent, packs more energy than ethanol and doesn’t appear to damage the engines of older cars, boats and lawn equipment. “Isobutanol is a good fuel, and a lot of engines can burn it without problems,” said James Szybist, a researcher [.....]

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October 28, 2011

Alexandria, Va.  – October 28, 2011 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced the completion of fuels testing on Briggs & Stratton small engines for a side-by-side evaluation of the performance, durability and emissions of ethanol and isobutanol fuel blends.  Results show that isobutanol fuel blends provided by Gevo, Inc., do not cause any irregular or unstable engine or performance issues, suggesting that isobutanol could help meet the renewable fuel mandate with minimal to no impact on existing equipment and off-road vehicles. “We are pleased with the results of isobutanol testing.  It shows us that isobutanol could be [.....]

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September 21, 2011

Alexandria, Va.  – September 21, 2011 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), along with automakers and marine manufacturers, today announced a formal legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Regulation to Mitigate Misfueling” rule which was meant to address concerns about 15 percent ethanol blends and non-road products and older model-year vehicles. OPEI and partner groups maintain that EPA’s weak labeling effort is completely inadequate to protect consumers and avoid potential misfueling and damage to millions of legacy products not designed to run on any ethanol fuel higher than E10. “We are asking that the EPA do [.....]

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March 28, 2011

Briggs & Stratton Co. and other engine manufacturers want the government to ensure that current grades of gasoline will remain available when fuel with a higher ethanol content – which could damage engines – is introduced as soon as this summer. The manufacturers, represented by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and 11 other trade groups, have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to require the continued availability of gasoline with no more than 10% ethanol content. Ethanol is a fuel additive made from corn. The EPA has approved a 15% blend for newer-model vehicles that could be available this summer, according [.....]

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March 23, 2011

Washington – March 23, 2011 – Auto, marine, motorcycle, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft and snowmobile groups filed a petition for rulemaking today asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the continued sale and availability of gasoline blends of no greater than 10 percent ethanol (E10) for the 400 million engine products used by tens of millions of people every day in the U.S. These products were not designed, built or warranted to run on any fuel containing more than ten percent ethanol. The groups are concerned that retailers are not prepared to offer both E10 and E15 at [.....]

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