Weekly 5: EPA increases ethanol requirement for 2017

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com.

1. EPA increases ethanol requirement for 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has increased the amount of renewable fuels that will be required in the nation’s fuel supply in 2017, The Hill reported.

The 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) levels set last week mandate a 1.2 billion gallon increase next year, a 6 percent increase over current levels. Refiners will be forced to blend a record total of 19.28 billion gallons of ethanol and other biofuels into the fuel supply next year.

2. Miami boat show announces partners for 2017

The Miami International Boat Show has announced several new and returning partners for the 2017 edition at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin.

The addition of expanded concierge services, new shuttle bus management and caterer Great Performances are designed to elevate the show experience for attendees and exhibitors.

See the full list of partners here.

3. Annapolis’s U.S. Powerboat Show returns to pre-recession levels

The U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis was the largest since 2008, Eye on Annapolis reported.

According to show organizers, there were more than 350 boats, including more than 100 center console fishing boats, 40 fishing boat manufacturers, and 75 brokerage boats in Brokerage Cove. Paid attendance grew by 5 percent over 2015, the most since the 2008 financial collapse. The exhibitor footprint increased by more than 14.5 percent.

4. Four Instagram contest ideas to engage your followers

Do you want more engagement on your Instagram profile? Have you considered rewarding your followers with a giveaway?

In this article from Social Media Examiner, you’ll discover four types of Instagram contests that will engage your fans.

5. How Google uses people analytics to create a great workplace

Entrepreneur takes a look at how Google uses employee surveys to improve employee relations — and how even a small company can learn from it.


  1. NO!…….not more Corn in our fuel! This is a terrible idea!

  2. How long will it take our vendors to respond to the increase in ethanol and its effects on the marine motors and the marine fuel handling systems. It will be good for our service departments for awhile until after the third or fourth repair for the same problem of ethanol degrading all the rubber products in the gaskets and hoses and storage tanks. What joy…

  3. I feel sorry for all my customers who suffered thru this when it went to 10%

  4. Boy, their lobbyists are sure worth the money. I am truly impressed. I’ll bet it cost double to jam that kind of legislation through against strong opposition. Money talks in DC.

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