Recently, the issue gained attention through a US House of Representatives subcommittee on Oversight and Reform hearing.
OOIDA told the committee that hot fuel has less measurable energy, reducing the amount of miles travelled per gallon.
OOIDA is urging industry to equip retail pumps with automatic temperature compensation retrofit kits.
For their part, retailers and refiners have resisted due to the cost of such devices.
Canada has been using temperature devices on its retail pumps since 1990.
Some northern states have argued that the issue is a “wash” since fuel is sold at colder temperatures during the colder months.
“But the numbers just don’t add up,” says OOIDA project leader, John Siebert. “The difference in prices paid in the warmer states is far greater than any savings you get in the northern areas. Temperature compensating retail pumps makes the entire transaction transparent, and allows consumers to shop for their best fuel values, because, every gallon of similarly labeled fuel contains the same energy.”
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