Year-round E15 sales will have a limited ethanol market impact, according to analysts. President Donald Trump recently announced a directive to move towards year-round E15 sales, and industry analysts say that would have a limited impact on the depressed U.S. ethanol market, with record supplies and prices for the fuel hovering near the lowest in a decade.
There are more than 1,300 stations with pumps that can dispense E15, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. However, that is a small portion of the estimated 122,000 stations in the country, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores. RFA does say the number of stations offering E15 could double to around 2,700 by late 2019 to early 2020.
Mark Lytle of Pro Petroleum told Reuters his company would consider adding ethanol tank storage if fueling stations start demanding more of the biofuel. However, due to the uncertainty regarding challenges to the measure, expansions in the short-term are unlikely.
Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.