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Poster Abstract

Ethanol Blended Gasoline and Pennsylvania: A Supply Chain Overview

Evelyn Thomchick, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Kusumal Ruamsook, Visiting Research Scholar, Christopher Liller, MBA Student, and Susan Purdum, Administrative Director
Center for Supply Chain Research, Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University

The purpose of this study was to investigate the supply chain implications of the Pennsylvania statewide mandate of E10, a reformulated gasoline that contains a mixture of ten percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline. Problems result in the transportation and storage of ethanol because it is easily mixed with water and water is generally present in petroleum and gasoline pipelines and facilities. The study identifies the components of ethanol supply chains, as well as the logistics cost and management issues of the ethanol supply chain participants.