E15 to be available near Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa

By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association | October 04, 2013

ECI has announced it has begun the registration process to offer E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area.

“Offering E15 as a registered fuel allows ECI to provide its customers with another clean, homegrown, low-cost fuel option,” stated ECI Energy Division Manager Terry Grant. “After reviewing the economics, offering E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles just makes sense for us.”

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association  recently released the results of a new analysis that shows a shift in the fuels carried in pipelines that service Iowa will lead to E15 being the lowest-cost option for many retailers. 

“Iowa’s list of registered E15 stations steadily continues to grow,” stated IRFA Managing Director Lucy Norton. “Consumers are often 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 of their hard earned money.”

ECI is located near Waterloo at 1144 Hwy 63 North in Hudson, Iowa. 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.

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 facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the 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.