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Trevor Collett | Apr, 28 2015 | 13 Comments

Queensland’s state government plans to expand the state’s renewable energy industry, focusing on biodiesel and ethanol.

Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the renewable fuels boosted Queensland’s economy and brought environmental benefits over fossil fuels.

Queensland’s peak motoring group, the RACQ, supported the move, saying motorists were slowly embracing the use of E10 ethanol-blended fuels.

RACQ’s Michael Roth said E10 already account for around 10 percent of fuel purchases in Queensland.

“Motorists have become more comfortable in recent years with using ethanol-blended fuels, with E10 widely available in south east Queensland,” Mr Roth said.

“Previous governments have sought to introduce an ethanol mandate, but we agree that it’s time for further discussion on the issue.”

The mandate previously in place in neighbouring New South Wales proved unpopular with motorists, many of which were unclear about how the mandate worked.

To satisfy minimum ethanol targets, many service stations were forced to remove ‘regular’ 91RON unleaded from their stocks in the hope motorists would purchase E10 instead.

But motorists with vehicles unable to use E10 saw it differently, believing they were being forced to purchase more expensive ‘premium’ fuel blends.

As a result, the current NSW government scrapped plans to increase the mandated ethanol amount a few years back, and many sites have since returned regular unleaded to their stocks.

The RACQ estimates around 15 percent of the vehicles on Queensland roads are not compatible with E10.

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