E-15 Fuel Next for Illinois?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) -A bill that would help set the table for the greater use of ethanol is rattling around the Capitol. It actually passed last year but hit some legal snags after an amendatory veto.

“This legislation basically moves an existing tax incentive in the state sales tax, which is 20 percent of the break for ethanol-blended fuel, which is E-10 currently, to the allowable federal level,” Illinois Farm Bureau lobbyist Rich Clemmons testified before a House committee. “We anticipate that being E-15 when the U. S. EPA finishes its process.”

Dan Eichholz, a lobbyist for the Illinois Petroleum Council, warned lawmakers many cars would void their warranties if they used the extra-ethanol fuel, an argument sponsoring State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) dismissed as “sky-is-falling.”

And Bob Myers, from the motorcycle group ABATE of Illinois, says the world is not ready for E-15.

HB 1979 has passed the House Revenue and Finance Committee, but it has been re-referred to the House Rules Committee.

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