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FYI Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 1, January 15, 2003
Congresswoman Kaptur Supports E85
Colorado's FFVs Burning 'Plain Ol' Gas'
Ground Breaking for Ethanol Plant in Kentucky
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2003 Annual NEVC Board and Membership Meeting
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Kaptur Supports E85
her tenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives in
Northwest Ohio, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is a rare
leader that focuses on such topics as economic
independence and political independence. Congresswoman
Kaptur (her website (http://www.house.gov/kaptur/)
has recently outlined possibly her largest platform –
Congresswoman Kaptur’s work with biofuels is not a new
She first introduced the Biofuels Energy Independence Act
in October 2001 which would
encourage farmers to reserve portions of their feedstock
for biofuels, including E85, and guarantee loans for the
production, distribution, development, and storage of
these biofuels. It was referred to the House Agriculture
Committee but a hearing was unable to be scheduled during
the last term of the Congress. She has recently
reintroduced the bill to the 108th Congress.
“I have introduced a bill that will create a biofuels
independence initiative for our country,” said Kaptur.
“It is time for America to erase our key strategic
vulnerability, and that is to imported petroleum and the
evil politics that it yields globally. The bill that we
are introducing today says America is long overdue from
sending her Marines around the world in Special Forces to
protect the oil highways over the seas. It is time to
produce our way to energy independence and create real
growth inside this economy.”
The National Farmers Union has additionally supported the
bill. Original cosponsors were Maurice Hinchey (D-New
York) and Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa). Kaptur will be working
to obtain additional cosponsors when members return to
After asking Congresswoman Kaptur why she feels this Act
is so important, she added, “America has not been serious.
Over the decade of the 1980s and 1990s, in spite of four
recessions and major oil embargoes, we have continued to
import more and more petroleum, which by the year 2050
will indeed be a scarce world resource. Armed forces from
throughout the United States have been building airfields
in the Middle East. We are being asked to appropriate over
$100 billion to defend the Occidental pipeline in the
nation of Colombia. And Venezuela teeters as we sit here
It is time to pay attention to where the oil comes from,
and it is time to do something here at home to revive the
sagging and critical state of rural America and, at the
same time, create jobs from coast to coast.
One of the most important and neglected areas that we can
do something about, if we are serious, is to create the
kind of umbrella across our country, as we did with the
National Rural Electrification Administration and the
National Telephone Administration. We can do the same with
the National Biofuels Corporation, so that from coast to
coast, where acres can be turned to productive use and
move farmers from farming for a government check by going
to their mailbox, to farming the marketplace and producing
new, renewable clean fuels for America, we will have a
win-win-win across every State in this Union. There are
other answers to our energy crisis: cleaning up coal in
the Coal Belt that lies between Pennsylvania and Illinois,
which has more BTUs under the ground than the entire
Middle East. Why can we not see it? Why can we not, a
nation that can clean up chemical weapons in Pine Bluff,
not find a way to clean up coal? We are not serious.
It should be interesting also for people to know that with
every billion dollars of trade deficit that we rack up,
that we cannot pay for here at home because of our
imports, we have to bond our indebtedness. Today, the
United States of America is in hock to about twelve
nations around the world, including those very same oil
kingdoms, but also nations like China. Not exactly a
Kaptur feels it is unfortunate that E85 is not available
in northwestern Ohio and feels the fuel needs to be more
widespread. “I believe it is a practical, efficient,
renewable fuel that can be used to replace 25% of our oil
now—thus reducing our dependence on foreign governments
and preparing us for the future.”
The NEVC could not state it better than the Congresswoman.
. . “So I say, think about it, America.
Take a look at our Energy Independence Act, H.R. 130.
Think about making America energy independent in ten
years. It is time. And it is time to bring our troops
home, not conducting any wars for oil on any continent.”
The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition applauds
Congresswoman Kaptur’s vision and recognition that this
nation must ultimately address our growing dependence on
the use of imported petroleum.
FFVs Burning 'Plain Ol' Gas'
Michael A. De Yoanna of the Colorado Daily, January 10,
There's no way to know for sure how many of the 416 active
ethanol-burning vehicles in the state of Colorado's fleet
actually use the fuel that would reduce exhaust emissions
and help lower the nation's dependence on foreign oil.
Even though the federal government requires Colorado to
buy the cleaner-burning vehicles, termed "low-emissions
vehicles," chances are that many of them are running on
plain old unleaded gas, according to Ron Clatterbuck, the
man who manages the state's estimated 5,700-vehicle fleet.
But then again, he's not sure.
"I'd hate to categorize usage when I don't know,"
Clatterbuck said. "I do know that due to limited fueling
locations that it is unlikely that we are using much
Clatterbuck concedes that the state neither requires its
employees to put ethanol fuel in the tanks of its vehicles
nor tracks how much of the fuel is used. That's because
although the U.S. Department of Energy requires the state
buy the cars, he says no law compels the use of ethanol
The state would like to use more ethanol, which is
produced by sugar culled from fermented plants like corn,
he said. But he only knows of four gas stations in the
metro area that sell the so-called "E-85" ethanol fuel
used by the vehicles. The fuel is made up of 85 percent
ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline.
"They want me to buy the vehicles, but they don't have a
place to fill them up," Clatterbuck said. "If it takes an
hour round trip to fill up a car with ethanol, it would
really hurt productivity. I don't know if we'd want to ask
people to go to those lengths. That would cut into the
time of your electrical inspector, parole office and
others who use fleet vehicles."
Bryan Flansburg, the University
director of transportation services - part of the state's
motor fleet -agrees.
CU's motor pool has two vehicles that run on ethanol fuel,
but they are not labeled to inform drivers that the car
burns ethanol, he said, adding that it would be tough, if
not impossible, for drivers to find ethanol fuel.
"When you rent a car to a professor, it's hard to tell
them where to get ethanol, especially if they are leaving
the area," he said.
The ethanol-burning cars don't cost the state any extra
money, Clatterbuck said.
Of the 131 vehicles he is purchasing this year, 98 of them
should be equipped to burn ethanol or some other kind of
cleaner fuel, like natural gas or propane.
However, by taking advantage of DOE rules that allow the
state to save "credits" issued by the federal government,
he says he will purchase just 27 ethanol-burning vehicles.
The remaining number will be removed from the 445 credits
the state has saved as the result of prior purchases. He
added that he has even been approached by other entities
not in compliance with the federal purchasing law who were
seeking to somehow obtain the credits, which can be
transferred under federal rules.
The whole situation isn't surprising, he said.
"My feeling is that it is a trend nationwide that we've
got ethanol-equipped cars that we use gas in instead,"
The DOE's National Alternative Fuels Hotline that is run
by the department said the state of Colorado
appears to be compliant with the federal Energy Policy Act
of 1992 - the law that requires states to buy
"Individual states are required to acquire alternative
fuel vehicles, but are not required to fuel them with
alternative fuel," a worker with the hotline stated in
e-mail response to questions asked by the Colorado Daily.
"It would be possible for a state to purchase an ethanol
vehicle without ever using ethanol. Ethanol vehicles are
widely available as flexible-fuel vehicles. This means
they can run on ethanol, gasoline, or a combination of the
Michelle Saab, a spokeswoman with the Jefferson City,
Missouri-based, National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, a
not-for-profit organization, said there are "loopholes" in
the federal law that allow the intent of the law to be
"If Americans are not using the fuel, they are only
working against themselves," she said.
Not only is the fuel embraced by environmentalists as a
viable alternative to gasoline, higher use of ethanol
would help erode the nation's need for foreign oil while
aiding domestic farmers, she added.
She said it is up to the federal government to require gas
stations to provide more ethanol fuel pumps.
Senator Ron Tupa introduced legislation this week that
would allow vehicles that run on a combination of gasoline
and electricity access to carpool and bus lanes on
highways - even if there are no passengers in the car. As
part of that bill, the Boulder Democrat wants to require
the state to use ethanol in 10 percent of fleet vehicles
that can burn ethanol by 2010.
"This bill attempts to close some of the loopholes," he
He added that he felt 10 percent is a fair figure because
it wouldn't likely cost the state more money and because
ethanol fueling requirements could be applied to areas
where stations that supply ethanol fuel are nearby.
The National Ethanol Vehicle and our partners, Colorado
Corn Growers Association, Ford Motor Company and others
have dedicated hundreds of thousands of dollars to
establish new E85 fueling infrastructure in Colorado.
While it is certain that the ability of a driver to find
E85 is not as easy as finding a gasoline station, we would
ask that state officials across the nation encourage their
drivers to “go an extra step and use American made fuel”.
Efforts are currently underway to place addition E85
fueling sites throughout Colorado.
Canada Advancing E85
The United States is not the only nation in North America
with efforts underway that encourage the use of clean
burning fuels. Canada is also working towards furthering
Federal Executive Order 1314, issued in the Clinton
Administration and which remains in effect in the Bush
federal fleets to decrease their petroleum use a total of
20% by 2005 from a 1999 baseline. Unlike the U.S., the
Alternative Fuels Act in Canada “requires federal
government entities to use alternative fuel vehicles
where these arecost effective and operationally
feasible,” commented Cathy Kerr of Canada’s
Transportation Energy Office. “Cost effectiveness is
usually taken to mean the ‘lifecycle cost of the vehicle
using an alternative fuel must be less than that of
conventional gasoline’. Operationally feasible implies the
‘needs of the vehicle are met (not compromised) by one of
the AFV models available, and that the appropriate
alternative fuel supply is accessible’. The federal
government's departments with the largest fleets,
including Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), are all
compliant with the Act, according to an annual report
prepared by the Treasury Board.”
Subsidies are Canada’s approach for promoting the
product. “We understand the U.S.' approach to alternative
fuels combines mandates with incentives, however, the
Canadian approach is based almost exclusively on
provincial and federal subsidies rather than mandates,”
said Kerr. “The taxes on conventional fuels are higher in
Canada than in the U.S. Federal and Provincial taxes can
amount to as much as $0.25/liter (Canadian dollars) and
these taxes are not typically applied to alternative
E85 in Canada is a fairly new product. “Natural Resources
Canada started [using E85] in 1998,” said Kerr. “The
Minister and Deputy Minister's official vehicles were E85
compatible by 1999.”
Currently Canada has 150 flexible-fuel vehicles in their
fleet. Today, there are only three E85 fueling stations
in the nation. One public refueling station is located in
Ottawa and bulk facilities are at two departments’ sites,
also in Ottawa, with more on the way.
Natural Resources Canada has designed stickers to help
address their concern of potential misfueling among fleet
drivers. The stickers will be distributed to departments
with the largest number of E85 vehicles. A sample of the
sticker is located below.
Much like the United States, Canada is currently educating
drivers about the characteristics of this new fuel. “E85
is virtually unknown to the general public,” said Kerr.
“Though the public has a positive perspective on
alternative fuels, the high purchase price and lack of
extensive infrastructure of alternative fuels has caused a
fairly low up-take.”
Ground Breaking for Ethanol Plant in Kentucky
A ground breaking ceremony for the $32.5 million
Commonwealth Agri-Energy ethanol plant, scheduled for
January 21, 2003 will feature Kentucky Governor Paul
Patton and other state and local agriculture officials,
according to the local Economic Development Council.
A schedule for the coming event, distributed to Chamber of
Commerce members this week, indicates a reception will
begin at 1:30 p.m., with the ground–breaking ceremony set
for 2:00 p.m. at the Western Kentucky State Fairgrounds
The ethanol plant site is on Pembroke Road.
to the NEVC
Letters to the NEVC -
This section highlights emails that the NEVC has recently
received. Many of the comments or suggestions that
we receive are of interest to a wider audience and we
would like to share them with our readers.
E85 in Florida
Any insight on when and where E85 will be available in
Florida. I cannot believe with all the farm areas in
Florida, there is presently no E85 refueling stations.
Also, do you know which crops, or crop excess is most
abundant in Florida, which could be used to make ethanol?
I have a FFV Ford Ranger and would like to use E85 for
various reasons, but I am frustrated at not being able to
find it. I'm thinking about becoming a distributor, but
have to be sure about acceptance in Florida.....i.e. price
. . .
We do have some E85 in South Miami that is being used by
the Postal Service. There are several efforts underway to
put E85 stations into service in Florida, most around the
Kennedy Space Center area.
In regard to crops that could be used to produce ethanol,
it would seem to me that sugar cane waste, or what is
called baggasse, would be the most abundant material.
After the sugar is squeezed out, the stalks can be used to
produce ethanol. Such use of this waste product can also
prevent runoff of high levels of nitrogen that are causing
some problems in area lakes.
The most important thing that you can do is to follow our
FYI and in the next few weeks, send a letter to your two
Senators and member of Congress asking that they support
efforts to advance the use of domestic-renewable fuels.
Also, let your friends, co-workers, and others know about
our web site and our efforts to promote a Made in America
transportation fuel. While many people sometimes doubt
that their elected officials pay attention, I can attest
to the fact that they do listen to their constituents.
When the issue of alternative fuels is taken up by the
Congress in 2003, we'll be calling on you and your
contacts to assist in our efforts.
Our main effort in the new energy bill will be to add
federal income tax incentives to lower the price of E85.
We are certain that with the new tax incentives that we
are advancing, (and these were passed last year by the
Senate but stalled in the House) we can get a gallon of
E85 to cost 30 to 40 cents less than a gallon of gasoline.
Thanks for your interest in E85 and we'll be calling on
Phillip J. Lampert
E85 in India
Happy New Year 2003
I will be obliged if you send all the current and future
newsletters. We are proposing a ethanol biofuels plant
in Bombay, India and your newsletters will be of great
help in increasing our knowledge.
With best regards,
N C Jana
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2003 Annual NEVC Board and Membership Meeting
The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition’s annual board and
membership meeting has been scheduled on February 25, 2003
from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in conjunction with the 2003
Commodity Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina. The
meeting will be held in the Johnson Room at the Hilton
Charlotte and Towers at 222 East Third Street. Please
contact Randa Barker by February 3 at
email@example.com or at (573) 635-8445 if you plan
Pass Up Your Chance
The NEVC E85 infrastructure application is due TOMORROW,
January 16, 2003.
The NEVC will be granting monies to establish new E85
fueling stations so don’t miss your chance. You can still
download the application at
questions, contact Michelle Saab at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (573) 635-8445.
Recipients of the grant are expected to be notified on
February 3, 2003.
February 17-19, 2003
8th Annual National Ethanol Conference: Policy
and Marketing at the Camelback Inn Marriott Resort in
Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, call BBI
International at (800) 567-6411.
August 17-24, 2003
Energy 2003 Workshop and Exposition in Orlando, FL.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy
Management Program and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Defense and the U.S. General Services Administration.
www.energy2003.ee.doe.gov or call 1-800-395-8574 for
September 21-23,2003 The
US Refining and Automotive Industries 2003 and Beyond -
Coming Together of Energy, Environmental & Economic Issues
in Washington, DC at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.
For more information, visit
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