Despite EPA Proposal to Gut RFS, Another Iowa Retailer Offers E15
November 21, 2013
Press Contact: Monte Shaw
ECI Selling E15 to Cedar Falls/Waterloo-area Residents
JOHNSTON, IOWA –ECI today announced it has begun selling registered E15 to motorists who drive a 2001 or newer vehicle.
“Offering E15 as a registered fuel gives ECI a leg up on our competition by being the only E15 retailer in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo-area to offer this low-cost fuel alternative,” stated ECI Energy Division Manager Terry Grant. “After reviewing the economics, offering E15 makes sense for our business and our customers.”
“The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) congratulates ECI on being Iowa’s tenth retailer to include E15 as one of its renewable fuel options,” stated IRFA Managing Director Lucy Norton. “Iowa is fast becoming the country’s E15 capitol proving that EPA’s proposal to lower RFS levels for 2014 is misguided and totally unnecessary. This will be proven as more Iowa retail stations begin offering E15 over the next few days.”
ECI is located near Waterloo at 1144 Hwy 63 North in Hudson, Iowa. 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 assists retailers in the registration process to ensure they comply with all applicable federal and state E15 regulations.
Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with 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.