E15 Retailer Information

E15 is a registered and EPA-approved fuel for 2001 and newer vehicles, SUVs and light-duty trucks which make up 60 percent of the vehicles on the road today. E15 may also be used in flex-fuel vehicles. E15 is the most researched and tested fuel in history and its safety has been documented through exhaustive testing. E15 went through more than 6.5 million miles of testing over various manufacturers, makes and model years. This is the equivalent of driving to the moon and back 6 times!

Selling E15

Retailers wishing to sell E15 must notify EPA in writing that they will abide by the waiver requirements listed below:

  • Participate in a Misfueling Mitigation Plan, which includes a Survey Program. The Renewable Fuels Association is making available their EPA-approved Misfueling Mitigation Plan and Survey Program for your use. Click here for the RFA Model E15 Misfueling Mitigation Plan and Survey Program.
  • E15 retailers are obligated to participate in the Survey Program Plan. The fee is a nominal $100 per retail site per year. The ethanol and oil industry are covering the cost of developing the fuel survey and making the survey available to retailers nationwide. For online survey registration go to: www.rfgsa.org.
  • Affix the mandatory E15 label (as seen on the right) to dispensers offering E15 for 2001 and newer vehicles.
  • Inform fuel suppliers of the requirements for Product Transfer Documents.
  • Support the E15 Outreach Coalition’s consumer education efforts.
  • An E15 Handbook is available that covers storing, handling and conversion guidelines.  Click here to download the Renewable Fuels Association’s (RFA) handbook.
  • An Addendum to the E15 Handbook contains the hose dispensing configurations approved by the EPA. Click here for the addendum.E15-label_002
  • To obtain the mandatory E15 pump label free of charge, contact either the Renewable Fuels Association by calling (202) 289-3835 or Growth Energy at (402) 932-0567.
  • Free assistance is available to retailers through the IRFA in registering with the EPA to sell E15 and registering for the Fuel Survey Program. To request assistance, please contact the IRFA office at (515) 252-6249.
  • For assistance in obtaining EPA’s approval to sell E15 or to request point-of-sale materials for retail locations, contact the IRFA at (515) 252-6249 or info@iowarfa.org.
  • To request E15 point of sale materials for retail locations, please contact the IRFA office at (515) 252-6249.

Iowa Retailer Tax Credits:

Iowa provides a 3-cent per gallon tax credit for blends of E15 – E69 from September 16 through May 31, and a 10-cent per gallon tax credit for blends of E15-E69 from June 1 through September 15. For Information on this and other biofuels tax credits, please click here or check out the Iowa Retailer Renewable Fuels Tax Credit Calculator.

Iowa Policies and Procedures:

Iowa regulations allow for the dispensing of E15 as a registered fuel. For specific information on the IDALS Weights and Measures Bureau Requirements, please click here.

Misfueling Protection:

Iowa is the only state in the country to provide retailer liability protection. To view Iowa’s Retailer Misfueling Liability Protection, please click here.

Incorporating E15 into Your Retail Business:

For points to consider when evaluating E15 for an Iowa retail location, please click here.

Also, for more information on offering E15 from the mouths of retailers currently offering the fuel, check out the American Coalition for Ethanol’s (ACE) new Flex Forward campaign.

For further information, please visit www.E15fuel.org or www.byoethanol.com.