As if it weren't enough to be the first retailer in the U.S. to market E15 for most vehicles on the road, Scott Zaremba is receiving recognition for his efforts to expand fuel choices for his Kansas customers.
During the National Ethanol Conference, Zaremba was honored with "The Industry Award" to recognize his vision and commitment to renewable fuels. Scott Zaremba is the president of Zarco 66 Inc. and Zarco 66 American Fuels. In July 2012, he became the first petroleum marketer in the U.S. to offer a 15-percent ethanol blend of fuel and since that time has expanded E15 availability to his seven stations throughout Kansas.
Last week, Zaremba was recognized by RFA's President and CEO Bob Dinneen during Renewable Fuels Association's 18th annual conference. In addition, the fuel retailer was honored at the Kansas Corn Commission Corn dinner in January
"Scott has been a trailblazer for biofuels for many years," Kansas Corn Commission Chairman Mike Brzon said. "His biofuels station in Lawrence was the first in Kansas to use blender pumps to several ethanol blends. Last summer, he became the first retailer in the nation to navigate the regulatory maze and offer E15 fuel. We appreciate Scott's innovative thinking and dedication to domestic, renewable fuels."
On June 8, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave final approval for the sale and use of E15 ethanol blends in light duty vehicles made since 2001. This represents nearly two-thirds of all vehicles on the road and nearly three-fourths of all miles driven.
Zaremba blends Zarco 66 fuel options right at each of his stations, located in Lawrence, Olathe, Ottawa and Paola. Pumps offering E15 with the proper labeling will also be offering E10 and other ethanol blends via technology known as blender pumps. These pumps allow consumers to choose the fuel option that is best for them and their vehicle.
Dinneen said Zaremba is a trailblazer in the ethanol industry.
"He has vision, know-how and most important, passion," Dinneen said. "It is never easy being first-in-the-nation at anything but it is particularly challenging when introducing an entirely new fuel. Scott is committed to offering E15 in the name of a stronger, more energy independent country."