History was made September 17 when the first gallon of E15 ethanol blend was sold in Iowa. Drivers owning a 2001 or newer vehicle, SUV or light-duty truck now have access to this new EPA-approved fuel. Linn Co-op Oil Company located at 325 35th Street in Marion, on the north edge of Cedar Rapids, is the state's first fuel retailer to give customers this renewable fuel option.
"The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association salutes Linn Co-op Oil Company for their initiative to be among the first retailers in the country to offer clean, green E15," says Lucy Norton, IRFA managing director. "Motorists now have another high-octane, low-cost ethanol option that supports local jobs and contributes to the state's economy."
As part of the introduction of E15, Linn Co-op will hold an open house on Friday, September 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. E15 will be discounted 15 cents per gallon during the open house.
He thinks E15 could soon account for up to half of station's total fuel sales
"We are honored to be Iowa's first retailer to offer E15 to our customers who have been asking for it," says Jim Becthold, service manager for Linn Co-op Oil Company. "We anticipate that E15 could account for up to 50% of our total fuel sales."
To introduce E15 to Marion residents, the IRFA, Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Power Fund Community Grant Program are sponsoring a media campaign that includes radio and print ads, billboards and direct mail. The campaign will run throughout September. This type of campaign is available to any Iowa retailer who offers E15 for 2001 and newer vehicle owners, noted Norton. Retailers preparing to offer E15 in the future are urged to contact the IRFA for promotional assistance.
Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually. In addition, Iowa has 13 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 320 million gallons annually.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at www.IowaRFA.org.