California achieves 600% growth in use of low carbon E85, establishes national Leadership in E85 Fuel Market

May 31, 2015 |

In California, Propel Fuels has published E85: A California Success Story, a white paper and associated website illustrating California’s emergence as the national leader in the use of sustainable E85 Flex Fuel. Developed by the Propel Silicon Valley Workshop, the paper examines the productive role that low carbon E85 has had in enabling California to meet its carbon reduction and petroleum reduction targets, while improving air quality in the state’s severe non-attainment communities.

The report found that California has the highest rate of E85 growth of any state in the nation, with E85 use expanding 600% in California since 2009, while gasoline demand has decreased; E85 use has significant positive impacts on air quality, greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and petroleum reductions; providing air quality benefits in severe non-attainment areas by contributing 18-67% reduction in NOx as well as a 32% reduction in GHG emissions; E85 is California’s value fuel, with 92% of users saying it is the same or better value than gasoline; and California’s retail E85 volume per location exceeds the national average by 300%.

“As a result of its policies,” said Propel in releasing the report, “California is home to the lowest carbon ethanol in the country. California, the world’s 7th largest economy and 3rd largest petroleum market, is accelerating its implementation of carbon reduction and clean air regulations, including AB 32 Global Warming Solutions Act, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), and Carbon Cap-and-Trade. In addition, Governor Jerry Brown has announced an Executive Order to reduce petroleum use in California 50% by 2030. Propel is committed to strong partnerships between public and private sector, developing and supporting progressive public policy that brings equitable, market-based solutions to realize the state’s policy goals.

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