Iowa’s E15 Retailers: We’re Sticking with E15

Press Contact: Monte Shaw


Survey of Iowa’s E15 Retailers Show Zero Complaints, Engine Problems with E15

JOHNSTON, IA – With Big Oil continuing to misrepresent the facts surrounding E15 and the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)  in Washington, D.C., the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today released the results of a survey of Iowa’s E15 retailers showing there were zero complaints, zero lawsuits, and zero engine problems in regards to fueling with E15.

The survey also showed that from September 17, 2012 through May 31, 2013 Iowans successfully burned nearly 83,000 gallons of registered E15 (a gasoline blend containing 15 percent ethanol), enough to drive the equivalent of nearly seven trips to the moon with no complaints or engine problems.*

“While Big Oil continues to try to scare retailers and consumers with hypothetical E15 horror stories, in reality E15 is being used all over Iowa with absolutely no issues,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “E15 is being sold at a significant discount to regular gasoline, and consumers are taking notice.”

The survey of E15 retailers showed:

  • On average, E15 was sold at nearly a 22-cent discount to regular (no ethanol) gasoline.
  • On average, E15 was sold at nearly an 11-cent discount to E10, a gasoline blend containing 10 percent ethanol.
  • There were zero known cases of misfueling with E15.
  • There were zero lawsuits or reported engine problems regarding E15.
  • There was no reported consumer confusion regarding E15 labeling.
  • Every Iowa E15 retailer stated they plan to continue selling E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles on September 16, 2013, the start of the “winter” gasoline season.

Iowa’s E15 Retailers:

Linn Coop Oil Company, Marion

Fredericksburg Coop, Fredericksburg

Kountry Korner, Baxter

Fast Stop, Cresco

Popke’s Inc., Rock Rapids

Sperry One Stop, Coon Rapids

*Assumes a vehicle achieving a fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon (MPG).

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.

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.