The 85% ethanol blend, E85, can be found for up to $1.39 per gallon less than regular gasoline in wholesale markets in Iowa. That's the largest price differential since the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association began its Wholesale E85 Price Listing Service.
On Monday, June 16 the average price of regular 87-octane gasoline without ethanol was $3.18 per gallon at the Des Moines Terminal, according to the OPIS survey. Meanwhile, Absolute Energy, an ethanol plant in St. Ansgar, Iowa, was selling E85 for $1.79 per gallon.
"E85 is currently being sold in wholesale markets across Iowa at more than a $1.00 per gallon discount to regular gasoline, and that's serious savings for Iowa families," points out Monte Shaw, executive director of IRFA. "With the summer driving season in full swing and uncertainty in the Middle East keeping oil prices elevated, using ethanol is not only helping to support the state's economy and energy security, it's also providing Iowa families with a much needed price break at the pump."
E85 is currently sold at more than 200 fueling stations in Iowa
E85 is a fuel blend containing between 70% and 85% ethanol. E85 is currently sold at more than 200 fueling sites in Iowa, and can be used in all flex-fuel vehicles or FFVs. To determine if your vehicle can use E85, check your owner's manual, the vehicle's fuel cap, or click here for a list of FFVs. For a list of retail locations offering E85, please click here. To view IRFA's Wholesale E85 Price Listing Service, please click here.
Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with three cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.
Iowa Renewable Fuels applauds Oak Street Station groundbreaking
In other news, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently applauded the groundbreaking for Oak Street Station, highlighting the commencement of construction on a new renewable fuels retail location that will offer higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel to Northwest Iowa motorists. The fueling site, located in Inwood, Iowa, will offer ethanol blends E10, E15, E30 and E85, as well as biodiesel blends B5 and B99.9 for independent jobbers and special use customers.
"We're excited to have received a 'Fueling Our Future' grant that will enable us to grow our business and offer unique, locally-produced, clean-burning renewable fuels to Inwood motorists," says Oak Street Station's Lisa Van Regenmorter. "This funding will allow us to put in the infrastructure to offer higher blends of renewable fuels that are not currently available in the area."
Expanding motorists' access to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends
"We congratulate Oak Street Station on becoming a center for renewable fuels by offering some of the highest levels of ethanol and biodiesel available in Northwest Iowa," said IRFA managing director Lucy Norton. "This innovative approach will keep Iowa in the forefront of the biofuels revolution and provide motorists with greater access to the cleanest, lowest-cost fuels available."
Oak Street Station was selected to receive $125,000 in funding for the new site from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's "Fueling Our Future" program, administered by the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The new fueling site will feature three ethanol blender pumps and five biodiesel fueling positions, in addition to a vehicle service center and convenience store. Construction is set to begin this summer, with completion expected in January 2015.