New Maryland station offers VE85 for $1.85

By Susanne Retka Schill | September 08, 2008
Web exclusive posted Oct. 2, 2008 at 5:09 p.m. CST

To celebrate the grand opening of Town Center Chevron in Germantown, Md., the filling station offered VE85, VeraSun Energy Corp.'s branded E85, for $1.85 per gallon for the first 185 minutes of sales Sept. 26. It was Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties LLC's seventh fueling location to offer E85.

¡°We are pleased to be part of a partnership to expand VE85 in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area,¡± said Rick Eggebrecht, VeraSun¡¯s vice president of market development. ¡°Expanding the availability of ethanol, in particular higher blends of ethanol, to American drivers throughout the country is critical as we work to reduce dependence on foreign oil while investing in our domestic economy.¡±

The station¡¯s opening was supported by a U.S. DOE grant awarded to the Maryland Energy Administration and implemented by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board. Additional support was provided by Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Clean Fuels Development Coalition, Flexible Fuels Vehicle Club of America, General Motors Corp. and VeraSun.

¡°As consumers, we have to ask ¡®What are my options?¡¯¡± said Jamie Jamison, a Montgomery Country grain farmer and a founder of the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board. ¡°Do we continue to buy petroleum from unstable Middle Eastern countries where 65 percent of our current U.S. supply is imported from¡­or will our money be better spent by buying a product that is renewable and produced here in the U.S.?¡±

We believe that the greatest potential to displace petroleum©ased fuels in the U.S. today is ethanol, Jamison said. ¡°The excitement of today¡¯s station opening shows us the future where we can use our own country¡¯s renewable resources to produce our own domestic supply of fuel. The industry is just in its infancy ¨Cwe can build on the technology today to provide even greater alternative fuel benefits in the future,¡± he added.