Kristy Moore, Director of Technical Services
Blog Posts by Kristy Moore, Director of Technical Services
June 07, 2013
A study released by the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) has been stirring up debate recently. The report looked at the performance of vehicles tested with ethanol blends. After one look at the colorful chart the report provided, one would gather the only failures in the test program were on ethanol blended fuels. That is far from factual. RFA's Kristy Moore explains.
January 29, 2013
Kristy Moore, RFA's VP of Technical Services, gives her take on the CRC and its report.
September 12, 2012
A report released today by Battelle, sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API), claims a recent rash of corrosion incidents in storage and handling equipment for Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) use stems from ethanol contamination. Under normal, everyday storage and handling conditions, ethanol should never come into contact with diesel fuel; ethanol is a gasoline additive.
July 16, 2012
As E15 (85 volume percent gasoline, 15 volume percent ethanol) is poised to enter the marketplace, many consumers have questions about the use of E15 in their vehicles. The RFA has put together this FAQ document to best answer consumers questions.
July 16, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of E15 (15% ethanol, 85% gasoline) for use in model year 2001 and newer vehicles. Now that E15 is being sold for use beyond flex-fuel vehicles, consumers have questions about using E15 their own vehicles. The RFA has compiled and Automobile Fact Sheet for E15 use.
November 04, 2011
Recent claims from some marine engine manufacturers that E15 ethanol blends will ruin marine engines are meant solely to incite fear and not meaningful discussion. A meaningful discussion would note that E15 is illegal for use in marine engines, that the testing being cited is not comprehensive, and that the ethanol industry has repeatedly extended olive branches to work on the concerns boaters and others have raised.
June 09, 2011
The fine folks at STIHL Incorporated have recently recalled 2.3 million gasoline-powered yard tools like edgers and trimmers. The reason? Ethanol, says STIHL. But an examination of the facts, and STIHL own warranties approving the use of 10% ethanol blends, demonstrates that the issue not with the fuel, but with the engineering of the equipment itself.