Third E15 station opens in Iowa

By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association | March 08, 2013

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association today announced that Kountry Korner in Baxter, Iowa, is now offering E15 as a registered fuel, joining Linn Coop Oil in Marion and Fredericksburg Coop in Fredericksburg, to become the state’s third retailer offering E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles.

“Our company is dedicated to environmentally-friendly practices and growing our local economy, so offering E15 was an easy decision,” stated Kountry Korner Owner Bryan DeJong. “The people of Baxter will really benefit from cleaner-burning, lower-cost, more American-made E15.”

“E15 is starting to gain some traction in Iowa, and retailers are seeing value in offering fuel choice to consumers,” said IRFA Managing Director Lucy Norton. “The IRFA expects more stations in the state to offer the fuel in the near future as more and more Iowans begin to realize the benefits of this cleaner, less-expensive, high octane fuel.”

Kountry Korner is located in central Iowa at 312 E. Buchanan Street in Baxter. E15, a blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, can be used by all 2001 and newer passenger vehicles, which account for 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 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 two cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 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.