For example, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)
has established standardized testing procedures for
E10, E25 and E85 infrastructure. Clean Cities reports
that all fueling equipment manufacturers offer equipment that is UL listed for E10 and many manufacturers offer equipment that is UL listed for use with
blends up to E25 and/or equipment listed for use with
blends up to E85. Clean Cities further advises that if
you wish to sell E15 you should use equipment listed
for blends up to E25 or up to E85. In addition, EPA’s
Office of Underground Storage Tanks provides information to station owners on how to meet federal code
while storing E85.
Proceed with care
to determine the legal
limits of your equipment. At this time,
manufacturer warrantees do not necessarily
that equipment be
officially listed as compatible. For those of you
interested in offering
products, this Clean
Cities report is a good
place to start your evaluation of the compatibility of your systems.
In addition, Clean Cities reminds retailers about
several federal and state tax incentives that encourage
the installation of E85 infrastructure and blender
pumps. For a comprehensive list of these programs,
visit the Federal and State Laws and Incentives section of the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) at
John Eichberger is the NACS vice president of
government relations. He can be reached at (703)
518-4247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The requirements for storing and dis- pensing fuels with ethanol concen- trations greater than 10% are quite clear: the equipment must be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory as compatible with the fuel you wish to sell. But
determining which units at your store are suitable for
fuels such as E15 can be daunting. The government
is here to help — seriously. Specifically, the U. S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program recently
published the Handbook for Handling, Storing, and
Dispensing E85 and Other Ethanol-Gasoline Blends.
( You can access the report at www.afdc.energy.gov/
The publication serves as a guide for blenders,
distributors, sellers and users of E85 and other ethanol blends above E10. It provides basic information
on the proper and safe use of E85 and other ethanol blends and includes supporting technical and
policy references. The report can help identify some
components already in service at your facilities that
may not need to be replaced if you decide to increase
ethanol blend rates.
CAN YOU HANDLE IT?
The U.S. Department of Energy’s handbook guides retailers on how to handle,
store and dispense ethanol fuel blends.
BY JOHN EICHBERGER
is a good
place to start
of your fuel