The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says Iowa motorists can once again benefit from cheaper, cleaner, homegrown E15 ethanol. E15 is a fuel blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline that is now available at a significant price discount to regular, unleaded gasoline at several locations in Iowa. E15 is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in all 2001 and newer passenger vehicles.
"We're excited to see E15 back in Iowa. E15 provides many Iowans another low cost option compared to gasoline," says IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "Based on conversations with retailers, consumers choosing E15 have saved at least 20 cents per gallon compared to regular unleaded with no ethanol."
Survey shows motorists had absolutely no trouble with registered use of E15
Iowa's E15 retailers were surveyed by IRFA earlier this year. The retailers reported that consumers had absolutely zero issues with registered E15 fueling, labeling and engine performance when E15 was previously available from Sept. 15, 2012 through May 31, 2013. Iowa's E15 retailers also reported that E15 was sold at an average of nearly a 22-cent discount to regular (no ethanol) gasoline, and at nearly an 11-cent discount to E10, the most commonly used fuel in the nation. For more on the E15 Retailer Survey, please visit the IRFA website.
"I know Marion-area motorists are happy to once again have low-cost E15 as an option," says Linn Coop Oil Company service manager Jim Becthold. "When stations like Linn Co-op are able to provide true fuel choice by not only offering E10, but also E15 and E85, the consumer wins."~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently released results of a new analysis that shows a shift in the fuels carried in pipelines that service Iowa. This change in the fuels coming into Iowa from refiners will lead to E15 being the lowest-cost option for many retailers.
IRFA launches statewide E15 promotion campaign, as this fuel is once again available in Iowa and more stations are selling it
IRFA recently launched a new promotion campaign to promote E15 statewide and to highlight the availability of E15 at specific fueling locations in Iowa. The campaign features radio ads and postcard mailings encouraging Iowa motorists to try the low-cost, environmentally-friendly fuel. While several more stations are in the process of registering, E15 is now available for all 2001 and newer vehicles at these locations:
* Linn Co-op Oil, 325 35th St. in Marion, Iowa
* Fredericksburg Co-op, 300 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg, Iowa
* Kountry Korner, 312 E. Buchanan St. in Baxter, Iowa
* Fast Stop, 22268 Highway 9 West in Cresco, Iowa
* Popke's Inc., Intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 75 in Rock Rapids, Iowa
* Sperry One Stop, 516 Highway 141 in Coon Rapids, Iowa
* Grab & Go, 401 South 4th St. in Mapleton, Iowa
* Famers Cooperative, 304 North Osage St. in Creston, Iowa
Iowa's list of registered E15 stations continues to grow, as more apply to EPA for approval to sell the 15% ethanol blend fuel
On October 1, the Good & Quick gas station at Nevada in central Iowa announced it has sent in its registration to offer E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles. "Nevada-area residents will be pleased to benefit from this homegrown, low-cost fuel option," says Charlie Good, owner of Good & Quick. "Offering E15 as a registered fuel was an easy decision. It burns cleaner, it supports our local economy, and it helps save my customers some of their hard earned money."~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
"With Lincolnway Energy and DuPont's cellulosic ethanol project in Nevada, it's only fitting that the town of Nevada has a registered E15 station," says Norton. "Nevada-area residents will be excited to reap the cost-saving benefits of E15." Good & Quick is located at 519 Lincoln Highway in Nevada.
The Cedar Falls/Waterloo area will also soon benefit from E15 savings. ECI on October 4 announced it has begun the registration process to offer E15. The ECI gas station is located near Waterloo at 1144 Highway 63 north of Hudson, Iowa. "Iowa's list of registered E15 stations steadily continues to grow," says IRFA managing director Lucy Norton. "Consumers are motivated by price, and with E15 expected to be the lowest-cost registered fuel in Iowa this fall, many stations are deciding to help their customers save some money."
Once they try it, motorists will be excited to reap the cost saving benefits of E15
E15, a blend of gasoline and 15% ethanol, can be used by all 2001 and newer passenger vehicles, which account for about 85% of fuel use in the U.S. In order to offer E15, a retailer must register with the EPA. IRFA assists retailers in the registration process to ensure they comply with all applicable federal and state E15 regulations.
Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.7 billion gallons annually, with one wet mill and three cellulosic ethanol projects currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with capacity to produce nearly 315 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 IRFA website.