CRFA member brings E30 ethanol to Niagara region

By Canadian Renewable Fuels Association | October 16, 2014

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association congratulates Gale’s Gas Bars on its debut of E30  gasoline in Ontario. Gale’s has 16 sites throughout Niagara and E30 will be offered at 143 Welland Avenue, in St. Catharines, beginning Oct. 16. E30 is a blend of 30 percent ethanol and 70 percent petroleum fuel for use in flex fuel vehicles, which are specially designed to run on higher ethanol blends (like E30).

“Canadian consumers need and deserve more choices at the fuel pump,” said CRFA President W. Scott Thurlow. “Consumers purchase FlexFuel vehicles for their performance and environmental benefits. Until now, owners of FlexFuel vehicles in the Niagara Region could not find the fuel to best match their FlexFuel vehicles and the associated price and emissions advantages were being lost.”

Ethanol is proven to reduce harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs) by up to 62 percent compared to fossil fuels and makes meaningful reductions to tailpipe emissions, smog-forming particulates, and carbon monoxide. Ethanol also has an octane rating of 113, making higher-level ethanol blends ideal for fueling high performance vehicles. Higher ethanol blends will also help automakers comply with federal CAFE regulations, which will require much stricter fuel economy and emissions requirements beginning in 2017. Those requirements will require higher octane fuels, and there is no cheaper and cleaner source of octane than ethanol.

Jessica Friesen, CEO of Gale’s said, “We anticipate the price of E30 being slightly more stable than the price of regular gasoline and to typically be several cents per liter cheaper.” Gale’s is also offering an opening-day special of 10 cents below the posted price of regular gasoline.

Gale’s is the first gas station in Niagara offering E30 ethanol. Fuelling infrastructure turnover requires significant time to build out properly. For this reason, CRFA recommends that governments encourage existing pump turnover and new market entrants by providing tax incentives – through either a direct tax credit or capital cost allowance depreciation – to those individuals who want to offer consumers these alternative fuels.