IRFA Applauds Kum & Go Announcement to Offer E15
April 27, 2015
Press Contact: T.J. Page
Kum & Go Move Will Widely Increase Availability of Low-Cost E15
JOHNSTON, IOWA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today praised Kum & Go’s decision to become the first Iowa-based retail chain to offer E15 as a registered fuel. Kum & Go announced today it will offer E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles at 7229 University Avenue in Windsor Heights starting on April 30, then plans to offer E15 at more than 65 additional locations across Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
“Kum & Go has been a leader in E85, and the renewable fuels community is excited to have them be a leader in E15,” stated IRFA Managing Director Lucy Norton. “Bottom line is that E15 is the most tested fuel in history, and the lowest-cost option for the majority of vehicles on the road today. Kum & Go’s forward-thinking decision is a game-changer for the landscape of fuel offerings in Iowa, and provides Iowans with wider availability of yet another environmentally-friendly fuel option in E15.”
Today’s announcement will bring Iowa’s nation-leading number of registered E15 stations to 32.
E15 is a fuel blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline that is now available at a significant discount to regular, unleaded gasoline. E15 is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in all 2001 and newer passenger vehicles, as well as flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). Those vehicles account for more than 80 percent of fuel use in the United States. In order to offer E15 to non-FFVs, a retailer must register with the EPA. IRFA works with retailers to ensure they comply with all federal and state E15 regulations.
For a complete list of retail locations offering E15 in Iowa, please click here.
To learn more about E15, please click here.
The expansion of ethanol fuel options by Kum & Go also includes E85, a fuel blend containing between 70 and 85 percent ethanol. E85 is currently sold at about 200 fueling sites in Iowa. E85 can be used in all flex-fuel vehicles (FFV). To determine if your vehicle can use E85, please check your owner’s manual, the vehicle’s fuel cap, or click here for a list of FFVs.
Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity and one cellulosic ethanol facility 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.
For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org