On December 9 the Aspinwall Co-op at Manning in western Iowa announced it is now selling E15 ethanol blend to motorists who have model year 2001 and newer vehicles, making this gas station the 13th registered E15 station in Iowa.
"Aspinwall Co-op is excited to provide our Manning-area customers with low-cost, homegrown E15," says Aspinwall Co-op energy department manager Jeff Irlbeck. "Motorists driving a 2001 or newer vehicle will be pleased to know that E15 not only supports our local economy, but also saves them money at the pump and provides environmental benefits as well."
"Iowa's list of registered E15 stations has reached a baker's dozen, and I expect that number to increase as more retailers see E15's wide range of advantages," says IRFA managing director Lucy Norton. "In the face of EPA's proposal to essentially gut the RFS based on the so-called E10 blend wall, Iowa continues to add E15 stations, proving that there is no blend wall because higher ethanol blends are growing in popularity."
Ethanol blends of 15% or more are increasing in popularity, proving that there really isn't such a thing as an ethanol "blend wall"
Aspinwall Coop is located in Western Iowa at 516 West Street in Manning. E15, a blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, can be used by all 2001 and newer passenger vehicles, which account for about 85 percent of fuel use in the United States. 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. For a complete list of Iowa's registered E15 stations, please click here.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with one wet mill and three cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually. The IRFA 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.
Third quarter Iowa E85 sales nearly double first quarter numbers in 2013
IRFA recently announced that third quarter sales of E85 ethanol blend in Iowa in 2013 were the second highest on record, doubling first quarter 2013 numbers. Iowans purchased more than 3.61 million gallons of E85 in the third quarter of 2013, nearly double the 1.83 million gallons of E85 purchased in the first quarter of 2013 and up from the 2.62 million gallons of E85 sold in the second quarter, according to Iowa Department of Revenue data.
"These astounding third quarter sales numbers in 2013 prove that the federal Renewable Fuel Standard or RFS was working, but now the EPA is trying to pull the rug out from underneath us," says IRFA executive director Monte Shaw. "During the third quarter, Iowa motorists using E85 routinely saved $1.00 per gallon compared to regular gasoline. But when EPA announced in mid-November their proposal to gut the 2014 RFS numbers, they gutted the incentive for fuel retailers to promote low-cost E85. We saw the E85 price savings pull back, and it won't be surprising if fourth quarter E85 sales taper off as well."
Third quarter E85 sales soared to second highest of all-time in Iowa
The IRFA recently launched a wholesale E85 price reporting service to promote greater transparency for retailers and distributors of E85 in order to aid retailers in supplying their customers with the lowest-cost E85 available. The IRFA publishes Monday's wholesale E85 prices every Tuesday at this link. E85 suppliers wishing to have their price posted should contact T.J. Page with the IRFA at 515-252-6249 or tpage@IowaRFA.org. To be eligible for listing, the supplier's price must: be publicly posted elsewhere; be available to any retailer or supplier; not be restricted by gallonage caps. E85 is defined in state law as a blend of between 70% and 85% ethanol with gasoline.