Iowans Can Save with Higher Biofuel Blends

Gas prices are hitting record highs, but Iowans can save with E85 and E15

Contact: Cassidy Walter

JOHNSTON, IOWA – At a time of record gas prices, Iowans can save by choosing the highest biofuel blend their engine will allow.

Flex-fuel vehicles (FFV) are approved to use any ethanol blend up to E85. A quick way for Iowans to discover if they drive an FFV is to check their owner’s manual or look for a yellow gas cap.

Those who don’t drive an FFV can still save 10 to 30 or more cents a gallon in some cases with E15/Unleaded 88. E15, often marketed as Unleaded 88, is approved for all 2001 and newer vehicles.

“Biofuels have been saving Iowans money at the pump for many years but now it is more important than ever,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw. “These days every penny counts and biofuels are here to help.”

IRFA regularly tracks and reports wholesale E85 prices. Below are prices from March 14. The most expensive wholesale supplier was still selling E85 for over $1 cheaper than ethanol-free fuel.

Consumer Information
  • Click here to learn more about what biofuel blend is best for your vehicle
  • Click here to find an E85 station near you
  • Click here to find an E15 station near you

E85 Wholesale Prices

March 14, 2022 Prices. Posted March 15, 2022.

Supplier Name Location Price* Ethanol Content Source
Absolute Energy St. Ansgar, Iowa $1.94 70% DTN
Apex Oil Des Moines Terminal $1.99 70% OPIS
Cenex Des Moines Terminal $2.15 70% OPIS
Coffeyville Resources Des Moines Terminal $1.95 70% OPIS
Flint Hills Resources Des Moines Terminal $2.08 70% OPIS
Growmark Des Moines Terminal $2.04 70% OPIS
HollyFrontier Des Moines Terminal $2.02 70% OPIS
HTP Energy Des Moines Terminal $2.02 70% OPIS
Little Sioux Corn Processors Marcus, Iowa $1.95 70% DTN
RPMG Des Moines Terminal $2.20 70% DTN
RPMG Mason City Terminal $2.19 70% DTN
The Andersons-Denison Denison, Iowa $2.00 73% DTN
Valero Corp. Des Moines Terminal $2.10 70% OPIS
World Fuel Services Des Moines Terminal $1.89 70% OPIS

*Prices rounded to nearest penny.

Comparative Price Information

Rack Average Clear Regular Gasoline Des Moines Terminal $3.29 0% OPIS
Rack Average E10 Des Moines Terminal $2.93 10% OPIS

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 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing 4.5 billion gallons annually – including 34 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 11 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 410 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: