Iowans purchase more than 2.9 million gallons of E85 in Q2

By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association | September 16, 2014

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced Iowa motorists purchased 2.98 million gallons of E85 in the second quarter of 2014, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Revenue. The more than 2.9 million gallons of E85 sold is the second most E85 sales in any second quarter on record, and a more than 200,000 gallon increase over the first quarter of 2014.

“With ethanol’s discount to gasoline continuing to grow, Iowa motorists remain committed to higher ethanol blends like E85,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Two strong quarters of E85 sales are now in the books, and Iowa is poised for another big year in E85 sales. As White House officials review the final RFS volume levels, they should take note that when given the choice, motorists firmly support lower-cost, higher-level ethanol blends.”

In June earlier this year, the IRFA reported Iowa motorists purchased a first quarter record of more than 2.7 million gallons of E85.

E85 is a fuel blend containing between 70 and 85 percent ethanol. E85 is currently sold at more than 200 fueling sites in Iowa, and can be used in all flex-fuel vehicles (FFV). To determine if your vehicle can use E85, please check your owner’s manual, the vehicle’s fuel cap, or click here for a list of FFVs.

For a list of retail locations offering E85 in Iowa, please click here.

To view Iowa Department of Revenue’s quarterly E85 sales data, please click here.

Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity and one cellulosic ethanol facility currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.