One of the greatest concerns facing the recreational boating industry today relates to the Renewable Fuel Standard, specifically the introduction of E15 into the marketplace. E15 is fuel that is 15 percent ethanol in volume. The fuel currently stocked at the majority of our nation’s gas pumps is E10, or 10 percent ethanol.
The EPA has introduced ethanol as an energy-saving initiative and an alternative to petroleum-based fuels. However, ethanol actually has lower energy content than gasoline. That means that about one-third more ethanol is required to travel the same distance as on gasoline.
The potential for consumers to use fuel with a percentage of ethanol above 10 percent in boat engines is detrimental to the U.S. recreational boating industry, an important economic driver for large parts of the country. There are serious and well-documented human safety, environmental, and technology concerns associated with ethanol blends over 10 percent in recreational boat fuel tanks and engines.
NMMA is hard at work to prevent this dangerous fuel from affecting our industry. The documents below explain just how NMMA is working with the EPA, Congress and key industry stakeholders to make a difference.
Volvo Penta E15 Testing report
Mercury Engines and NREL report on E15 testing
Mercury E15 study - Presentation
NREL E17 Report
USCG Survey on Blended Fuels
NMMA Comments on Tier III standards
Orbitol Australian marine ethanol study
Marine Outboard drivability assessment
NMMA Misfueling Mitigation Comments
Letter to Senate EPW Committee on S. 517
Florida Lawmakers Seek Support on RFS reform
Feinstein/ Coburn Corn Ethanol Elimination legislation
Ethanol reform legislation-- HR 1461
Congressman Goodlatte HR 1462
Rep. Sensenbrenner legislation to study high ethanol blended fuels
Senator Vitter ethanol bill S344