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 In This Issue:

FYI Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 1, January 15, 2003 

•   Congresswoman Kaptur Supports E85

•   Colorado's FFVs Burning 'Plain Ol' Gas'

 Canada Advancing E85

•   Ground Breaking for Ethanol Plant in Kentucky

•   Letters to the NEVC

   2003 Annual NEVC Board and Membership Meeting

   Don't Pass Up Your Chance

 Congresswoman Kaptur Supports E85

In 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 ( has recently outlined possibly her largest platform – Energy Independence.

Congresswoman Kaptur’s work with biofuels is not a new initiative.  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 session.

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 this evening.

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 democratic state."

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. 


 Colorado's FFVs Burning 'Plain Ol' Gas'

-by Michael A. De Yoanna of the Colorado Daily, January 10, 2003

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 ethanol."

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 fuel.

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 Denver 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 of Colorado's 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," Clatterbuck said.

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 low-emissions vehicles.

"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 two fuels."

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 undermined.

"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 said.

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 their use. 

Federal Executive Order 1314, issued in the Clinton Administration and which remains in effect in the Bush Administration,  requires 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 are cost 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 fuels.” 

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 Convention Center.

The ethanol plant site is on Pembroke Road.


 Letters 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 issues etc.

Best Regards,
Don Stickling

. . .


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 you soon.

Phillip J. Lampert

E85 in India

Dear Sir.

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

Thanks for the emails to the NEVC!  Feel free to email us with your comments at anytime.

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 or at (573) 635-8445 if you plan to attend.

Don't 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  For questions, contact Michelle Saab at or by phone at (573) 635-8445.  Recipients of the grant are expected to be notified on February 3, 2003.


NEVC Calendar


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.

February 18-20, 2003
Western Petroleum Marketers Association Annual meeting and trade show for February 18- 20, Las Vegas, NV.   For more information, visit

February 25, 2003
2003 Annual NEVC Board and Membership Meeting in Charlotte, NC.  For more information, visit or email

February 27 – March 1, 2003
2003 Commodity Classic at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.  For more information, visit

February 28 – March 3, 2003
The National Farmer’s Union 101st anniversary convention in Anaheim, CA.  For more information, visit

May 4-7, 2003
25th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals in Breckenridge, Colorado.  For more information, visit

May 18-21, 2003
9th National Clean Cities Conference and Exposition in
Palm Springs, CA.  For more information, call (303) 275-4317.

June 11-13, 2003
EPAC’s 13th Annual Ethanol Conference in Big Sky, MT.  For more information, email

June 16-19, 2003
BBI International’s International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Trade Show at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  For more information, visit or email

July 30 – August 1, 2003
American Coalition for Ethanol’s Annual Meeting & Ethanol Conference at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  For more information, visit or email

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.  Visit or call 1-800-395-8574 for more information.

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 call 1-800-872-3835.


Please feel free to e-mail your story suggestions, comments, corrections or clarifications to us at or call us toll free at 877-485-8595.

Phillip J. Lampert, Executive Director

Michelle Saab, Director of Communications

Randa Barker, Director of Administration

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NEVC  promotes the use of 85 percent ethanol as a renewable form of alternative transportation fuel while enhancing agricultural profitability, advancing environmental stewardship and promoting national energy independence.


The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition is the nation’s primary advocate dedicated to the use of 85 percent ethanol as a form of alternative transportation fuel.  Financial assistance for the NEVC comes from advocates of clean, renewable, domestic energy.

Copyright 2002.  Reproduction or transmission in whole or part, in any form or medium, via any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition is expressly prohibited.