IRFA sees strong outlook for E15 sales

The head of a biofuels group says he’s optimistic about E15 sales this year and its impact on agriculture.

Monte Shaw is the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

“Every three gallons of ethanol we blend and sell is another bushel of corn that we’ve ground and turned into ethanol and high protein animal feed,” Shaw said. “On average, we see about a two bushel per acre yield increase year after year. That’s a lot of corn.”

He tells Brownfield E15 helps diversify the fuel supply.

“We’re going to see more and more consumers with the option of choosing E15,” Shaw said. “When it’s 15-to-20 cents per gallon cheaper and it’s higher octane, why wouldn’t you choose it?”

Shaw says E15 can be used in any vehicle from 2001 or newer.

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