January 1 California, Connecticut, New York complete switch to ethanol

By | January 01, 2004
At the end of 2003, California, Connecticut and New York followed through with their pledge to ban MTBE use. The conversion to ethanol started at the beginning of 2003 for California, and the switch in New York and Connecticut took place during November and December of 2003. The change spawned debate over how the ban would affect fuel prices, but, according to those in the industry, all appears fine thus far.

"The ethanol industry really stepped up to ensure adequate and affordable supplies were available from coast to coast," RFA president Bob Dinneen said. "New plants are built and more are under construction. There should be no doubt about the ethanol industry's ability to supply any state wishing to switch from MTBE."