AFPM President Charles T. Drevna responds to Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee’s passage of a proposed E15 ordinance

December 08, 2014

We are disappointed to learn of the Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee’s decision to artificially prop up E15 – a fuel that only a very small fraction of consumers demand or can actually use. Our disappointment, however, will pale in comparison to the frustration that consumers will feel if they inadvertently use E15 in engines not equipped to handle the high ethanol fuel. The full City Council still has an opportunity to amend the Finance Committee’s decision which will force drivers who consume E15 to fill up more often since ethanol contains a third less energy than traditional gasoline. If this ordinance passes, Chicagoans will need to be even more vigilant when fueling most vehicles, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles, boats and small-engine equipment for fear of the costly engine damage and voided warranties that comes with E15 use. In addition, fuel retailers, many independently-owned, deserve an explanation from city leaders as to why they will be coerced into spending anywhere from$8,000 to $100,000 to install the special equipment needed to safely pump the fuel.