MADISON, Wis. – In response to today’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement allowing for the year-round sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E-15), the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA) has released the following statement:
“It has long been our belief that allowing for year-round E15 sales is beneficial to both producers and consumers,” says Doug Rebout, WCGA President. “We are grateful to the Administration and the EPA for finalizing this important rule, which will not only expand markets but also provide a cleaner, more cost-effective fuel option for consumers. In a time when our members are looking for any sign of good news or hope, this may just be it.”
According to the National Corn Growers Association, “higher blends of renewable fuels such as E15 reduce fuel prices for drivers by three to ten cents per gallon and result in lower emissions, improving air quality and providing greater greenhouse gas reductions. Blending additional ethanol replaces some of the most harmful components in gasoline, and cleaner ethanol results in 43 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.”
Wisconsin Corn serves the state’s corn growers through the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board (WCPB) and Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA). The WCPB utilizes checkoff funds to develop and defend markets, fund research and provide education about corn and corn products. WCGA is a united, grassroots-driven member organization representing growers from across Wisconsin on important state and national agricultural issues in an effort to increase member profitability and opportunity. For more information, visit wicorn.org.