Hometown Farmer - E15 Ethanol & You

    Pam Miller, with Siouxland Ethanol, talks about the benefits of E15, which will now be sold year-round.<p>{/p}

    "We're going with E15 year-round, okay?" declared President Trump during a rally Oct. 8th in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    With that the president brought good news to corn growers and ethanol producers in Siouxland.

    "For two-and-a-half months out of the year, you couldn't get it," said Pam Miller, Board Chair and Director of Industry and Investor Relations at Siouxland Ethanol in Jackson, Neb.

    She says, since 2011 E15 couldn't be sold through the summer months.

    That means a lot of gas stations wouldn't sell it at all.

    Supporters say ethanol is a cleaner fuel.

    "The air that comes out of your tailpipe, the emissions are much cleaner, less toxic emissions and cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene, toluene and xylene," said Miller. "Using ethanol, we replace those kinds of chemicals."

    So, can you fill up your car with E15?

    There's a good chance your car won't mind, if it's not too old.

    "2001 and newer and that's really 9 out of 10 cars on the road today," said Miller, describing which cars are able to us the higher-blend fuel.

    So what do you look for the next time you're at the pump?

    "You may see E15 still, but you're going to start to see unleaded 88," said Miller. "The 88 refers to the octane rating, which is a higher octane."

    Miller says the gas mileage you'll get with E15 is about the same as you'll get with E10.

    The new ethanol rules should go into effect next June, which is when E15 would normally have stopped being sold for the season.

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