EZ Stop of Mapleton, Iowa, commits to offering E15

By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association | August 09, 2013

EZ Stop of Mapleton, Iowa, has announced it will be offering E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles this fall.

“After looking at the economics, offering E15 as a registered fuel this fall was an easy decision,” said EZ Stop President Burt Schauer. “Bottom line: I want to offer my customers a cost-saving, more homegrown option that supports Iowa’s economy and American jobs.”

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

“The addition of EZ Stop to our growing list of Iowa E15 retailers shows there’s a real demand for low-cost, renewable fuel options,” said IRFA Managing Director Lucy Norton. “I think we’ll see more retailers shift to E15 this fall, and I expect Iowans to welcome the low-cost fuel.”

EZ Stop is located in Northwest Iowa at 401 South 4th Street in Mapleton. 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 is assisting EZ Stop 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 three cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.