Ethanol Blog
Myke Feinman Refine Fuels Reporter

Monday 11/26/12

Ethanol Over-blending Issues Seen in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

A shortage of gasoline in the wake of last month's Superstorm Sandy may have resulted in blending too much ethanol into each gallon of gasoline to meet supply challenges in the New Jersey market, which in turn might have caused engine issues for motorists.

"It seems that, with racks unable to get regular gasoline, they were upblending ethanol in order to keep shipments moving," according to Katirina Tracy, COO for CIMA Green of Park Ridge, N.J., a biodiesel trading firm.

Tracy said there have been "dozens" of cases of "fouled" fuel injectors due to over-blending of ethanol at a local dealership, with concentrations found by mechanics as high as 25%. Ethanol blends are capped at a 10% concentration in gasoline for non-flex fuel vehicles, while the EPA has approved of gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend for cars and light duty trucks for 2001 and newer models.

Myke Feinman can be reached at myke.feinman@telventdtn.com.

Posted at 2:04PM CST 11/26/12 by Myke Feinman
Comments (1)
I say total BS. If the injectors are getting fouled, it's not because of the ethanol---maybe they added diesel fuel to the mix. I've been using 30%to 50% ethanol is a 1992 Toyota pickup for 12 years, 30% in a 1995 Ford Aspire for 10 years and a 2000 Buick LeSabre for about 3 years. No check engine lights and no problems so far.
Posted by Martin Tjossem at 3:49PM CST 11/26/12
Post a Blog Comment:
Your Comment:
DTN reserves the right to delete comments posted to any of our blogs and forums, for reasons including profanity, libel, irrelevant personal attacks and advertisements.
Blog Home Pages
April  2015
S M T W T F S
         1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30      
Subscribe to Ethanol Blog RSS
Recent Blog Posts
  • An Economic Case for Ethanol
  • Spot Ethanol Gains at Argo, Steady in New York Harbor
  • Grains Council Works to Open Cuban Markets
  • Ethanol Production Sliding Lower
  • Spot Ethanol Advances After Bullish Weekly Supply Report
  • D6 RINs Extend Higher; Spot Ethanol Prices Flat
  • D6 RINs Edge Higher While Spot Ethanol Prices Ease
  • Corn Prices Remain Range Bound
  • DDGS Rise to Highest Level in Five Months
  • Spot Ethanol Prices Weaken Amid Sluggish Demand
  • Gasoline Stocks Change Direction
  • Spot Ethanol Prices Mostly Flat in Lackluster Trade
  • Spring Buying in the Air
  • DDG Prices Rise Slightly in Slow Week of Trade
  • Ethanol Drawing From Strong Gasoline Demand
  • Grains Council Targets Caribbean Markets
  • Spot Ethanol Prices Mixed in Thin Trade
  • April 1st Buying Frenzy on Supply Reductions
  • Bullish EIA Supply Report Spurs Rally for Ethanol Prices
  • Spot Ethanol Prices Moved Mixed After USDA Report