The last few years haven’t been easy, but the future is getting brighter for Michigan farmers. Part of that future comes from the vital role Michigan corn plays in fueling a low-carbon economy. The ethanol produced in Michigan saves drivers about $1.16 billion in fuel costs each year while driving demand for millions of bushels at the state’s five ethanol plants. Unfortunately, legal setbacks and unreliable regulations in Washington have threatened to undermine the growth of the renewable energy markets driving the rural recovery.
That’s why it’s more important than ever for Michigan’s legislature to protect and expand markets for higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85. E85 is an increasingly popular option at 243 Michigan locations, and statewide availability of E15 (approved for all vehicles model year 2001 and newer) would drive demand for an additional 78 million bushels of corn annually. Best of all, by displacing even more foreign oil, higher biofuel blends like E15 and E85 can shield Michigan families from price spikes in global oil markets – all while helping protect the environment.
This legislative session, lawmakers in Lansing are expected to consider a variety of policy options to boost the economic recovery and reduce emissions. Be sure to let your Representatives and Senators know that higher biofuel blends like E15 and E85 must be part of the plan. One good resource about what higher biofuel blends can do for Michigan is available from POET at www.POET.com/MichiganE15.