One of first Iowa cities to offer E10 now has first E15 station

Clarence made history in 1978 when first gallons of E10 were sold commercially

Contact: Cassidy Riley

JOHNSTON, IOWA – When E10 first hit the market, Clarence, Iowa was one of five towns to introduce the new fuel at a local gas station. Nearly 40 years later, that same town is getting its first E15 refueling site.

Sundstop, located at 902 Lombard in Clarence, is Iowa’s 102nd E15 site. The station also offers E85, E30, and biodiesel blends.

“As a retailer in a heavy corn-producing state, we see renewable fuels as a way to give back to the community for supporting our business,” said Joshua Sundstrom, Sundstop owner

Last year Iowa’s biofuels tax credits were thoroughly reviewed by the Iowa Legislature and renewed for seven years. The certainty that 7-year extension created enabled retailers like Sundstop to invest in the necessary infrastructure to offer higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel and make it possible for retailers to pass savings on to consumers.

“Today Iowa is leading the nation in the number of E15 stations and Iowa’s innovative biofuels tax credits have leveraged millions in private investment to make it possible for more than 100 retailers and counting to offer E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles,” Shaw said.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing 4 billion gallons annually – including nearly 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce over 350 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: