Wisconsin One Step Closer to Enacting Ethanol Measure

The Wisconsin Assembly passed Assembly Bill 15, a measure to require nearly all regular-grade gasoline in the state to contain 10 percent ethanol. The measure would require all 87-octane gasoline to contain 10 percent ethanol by October 1, 2006. The bill passed on a bipartisan vote of 54-38, and it now goes on to the Senate for consideration.

Three U.S. states have passed ethanol-blended fuel requirements like the one Wisconsin is considering: Minnesota, Montana, and Hawaii. Minnesota’s E10 requirement has been on the books since 1997 and Hawaii’s will go into effect this coming April. Montana’s E10 law is contingent upon having 40 million gallons per year of in-state production capacity. “The American Coalition for Ethanol is pleased that the state of Wisconsin has taken this critical first step to support the increased use of ethanol,” said Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President, American Coalition for Ethanol. “The state has developed a strong local ethanol industry, and ensuring that much of that Wisconsin-made ethanol is used in Wisconsin is one way to secure its continued success and to make the state less dependent upon outside sources of energy.” “The U.S. is currently under a crude oil mandate, because few if any other choices exist for our transportation fuel supply,” Jennings said. “Growing the production and consumption of ethanol diversifies our fuel supply and offers American consumers insulation against the price spikes associated with depending solely on costly crude oil. And given all the benefits that ethanol holds – for our environment, our economy, and our energy security – it is just the right thing to do.”
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