September 16, 2016 marks the official day retailers across Iowa, and the country, will begin selling E15 to consumers who drive vehicles 2001 or newer. After a three-month hiatus, in which only flex fuel vehicles drivers are allowed to fill up with the fuel, E15 is returning to the masses. In Iowa, the fuel will be available at nearly 70 stations across the state. To celebrate, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is declaring September 16, 2016 “E15 Day”.
Retailers across the Des Moines, Iowa metro will be selling E15 for $1.15 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, September 16. Click here for location details.
“With more stations offering E15 than ever before, even more Iowa motorists can once again reap the low-cost benefits of choosing E15,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Motorists have logged hundreds of millions of trouble-free miles traveled on E15 while achieving essentially the same mileage as E10. Considering E15 is more widely available in Iowa than ever before, I expect E15 sales to skyrocket over the next several months.”
According to Shaw, Sept. 16 is significant because federal fuel volatility regulations restrict the sale of E15 to flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) from June 1 through September 15 each year. E15 can then be sold to all 2001 and newer vehicles from September 16 through May 31. These vehicles make up about 85 percent of the vehicles on the road today.
“E15 is vitally important, not just to Iowans’ pocketbooks, but to air quality, competition at the pump and Iowa jobs,” added Shaw. “And given Governor Branstad has proclaimed today ‘E15 Day’ in Iowa, there’s no better time to get out there and try some cleaner-burning E15.”