Iowa E85 sales set record in 2013

By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association | February 20, 2014

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Iowa’s E85 sales set a new record in 2013, according to Iowa Department of Revenue data. Total E85 sales in 2013 reached 10.85 million gallons, up nearly 20 percent from 2012 and an increase of more than 130,000 gallons from the previous record in 2011.

E85 sales in Iowa finished strong in 2013 setting a fourth quarter record at 2.78 million gallons, up more than 67 percent from fourth quarter 2012 and an increase of more than 700,000 gallons from the previous fourth quarter record in 2010.

“Record Iowa E85 sales prove the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) is working as intended, and the EPA should not reverse course on the policy as they have proposed,” said IRFA Policy Director Grant Menke.  “By choosing homegrown E85 at record levels, Iowans are saving more money at the pump, making our air healthier to breathe, helping to reduce our dependence on imported foreign oil, and boosting Iowa’s economy. E85 is currently being sold at more than a $1 discount to regular gasoline at the wholesale level, making for some very attractive E85 prices for consumers across the state. But for this trend of record E85 sales to continue, we need a strong and growing RFS.” 

To view the full Iowa Department of Revenue report, please click here.

To view IRFA’s Wholesale E85 Price Listing Program, 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.