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May 29, 2014
On behalf of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), I would like to correct misinformation that appeared in “Expect to fork it over for red meat” on May 28, 2014.  
It’s a shame that every year around BBQ season, the same critics come forward and try to blame ethanol for potential increases to food and meat prices.  Like clockwork, Canadian ethanol and grain producers have come to expect attacks from the George Morris Centre, which regularly misinterprets the connection between clean-burning, renewable ethanol and the livestock and meat markets.
Price changes for any commodity cannot be reasonably attributed to a single industry – and ours is no exception. Canadians need to remember that grocery costs are largely driven by energy costs and do not significantly increase with the price of corn.  Ethanol produced from corn only uses the starch from the grain, the rest is returned to the animal feed market as distillers grains and help make animal feed less expensive. 
Much of the modern world’s agriculture and food transportation is reliant on oil and is driven by oil costs.  Ethanol helps extend our oil supply and is on average less expensive than gasoline making energy less expensive, including lower gas prices for consumers at the pump.  Despite what Mr. Grier suggests, reducing ethanol production would not meaningfully lower corn or food prices.  What it would do is take revenue and jobs away from farmers who grow crops that supply our feedstock and feed our families.
W. Scott Thurlow
President, CRFA

October 16, 2014

CRFA Member Brings E30 Ethanol to Niagara Region

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) congratulates Gale’s Gas Bars on its debut of E30 gasoline in Ontario. Gale’s has sixteen sites throughout Niagara and E30 will be offered at 143 Welland Avenue, in St. Catharines, beginning October 16, 2014.  E30 is a blend of 30 per cent ethanol and 70 per cent petroleum fuel for use in “FlexFuel” 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 per cent 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 CAFÉ 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/litre 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.

About the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association
Founded in 1984, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of value added products made from renewable resources through consumer awareness and government liaison activities.

About Gale’s Gas Bars
Gale’s Gas Bars is a 100% privately owned Canadian Petroleum Company founded in 1967 with its head office in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Gale’s has its own blending terminal for ethanol injection and supplies all petroleum products throughout the Niagara Region

For additional information, please contact:
Andrea Kent, Vice President, Communications
Canadian Renewable Fuels Association
613-594-5528 ext. 221

Jessica Friesen, CEO
Gale’s Gas Bars Limited