Incentive Now Available in MI for E85 and Biodiesel Infrastructure

michigan-policy-networkIn addition to Federal tax credits, Michigan fueling station owners can now receive 30 percent up to $20,000 to install E85 or biodiesel. Rep. Joel Sheltrown introduced House bill 5878’08 in March 2008, and it was signed into law on December 30 of last year.

This tax credit will be available from January 1, 2009 until December 31, 2012. A certificate of approval from the Energy Office of Michigan must first be obtained prior to taking the credit. One million dollars can be distributed each year through this credit. A station must sell the alternative fuel product for at least three years or the entire credit must be repaid.

Josh Clayton, owner of H & H Mobil in East Lansing, Michigan installed E85 in 2007. He admits that he and other station owners across the state have been underwhelmed by the profits being brought in by E85 and biodiesel fuel pumps, but he still counts himself as a “huge advocate of ethanol” and thinks its development is positive for Michigan.

There are currently 92 E85 stations throughout the state of Michigan.

Virginia E85 Station Pushes National Locations Over 1,900

lt_govbill_bollingThe Stop In Food Store #67 at 1220 Seminole Trail in Charlottesville, Virginia is the 1,900th E85 station in the U.S.! The facility held its ribbon cutting ceremony just this week where Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (shown left) pumped the first tank of E85.

“We are pleased to own the first public E85 retail location in Virginia and proud to offer a clean alternative transportation fuel,” noted Tom Turner of Stop In Food Stores. The facility was assisted with funds granted through the Virginia Clean Cities Coalition.

The location has twelve gasoline, two E85 and two biodiesel fueling nozzles. A 10,000 gallon compartment tank is used and holds 4,000 gallons of biodiesel and 6,000 gallons of E85. The station is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers a 2,400 square foot convenience store which includes a Subway restaurant.

“It’s encouraging to see the number of E85 stations continue to grow even as we deal with issues relating to testing lab certifications and low price of gasoline,” noted National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) Executive Director, Phil Lampert. “We are excited to be able to achieve this significant milestone of 1,900 E85 fueling facilities! The NEVC and all our national partners look forward to working with the Obama Administration and Congress to continue advance the role of ethanol in reducing our nation’s dependence on imported petroleum.”

At this time last year, there were a total of 1,430 E85 stations across the U.S. For a complete listing of E85 fueling locations, visit www.E85Refueling.com.

E85 Promotions in MN

Shakopee Dakota Convenience Stores will be hosting E85 promotions at two of their facilities on Friday, December 19. These stations will sell the alternative fuel $0.60 off per gallon.

The first E85 promotion on December 19 will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store #1 at 15035 Mystic Lake Dr NW in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The second will be from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store #2 at 14160 Wilds Path NW in Prior Lake, Minnesota. With each E85 fill-up customers will receive a free “silver carwash”.

Event Supporters for the events include: Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Scott County Corn Growers, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, General Motors Corp., National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, US Dept of Energy Clean Cities, American Lung Assoc. of MN & The MN Clean Air Choice Team.

Currently, there are more 356 E85 fueling locations throughout the state of Minnesota; more than any other state.

Wallis Oil to Provide E85 at Four Facilities in St. Louis Area

E85 is now available at the Mobil On the Run in the city of Wildwood, Missouri. A 6,000 gallon E85 tank services two fueling pumps for E85 compatible vehicles. The station is located at 16509 Old Manchester Road.

Nearly eighty postal vehicles will be using the E85 at the Mobil on the Run in Wildwood. Unfortunately, these vehicles have been forced to use gasoline since the closing of a previous E85 site.

A grand opening celebration is reportedly going to be scheduled some time in January 2009.

Wallis Oil Company will be installing E85 at three additional facilities in the St. Louis region in months to come. These sites include a BP facility at Chesterfield Airport Road and Long Road, in Chesterfield; a Mobil On the Run on Brentwood Boulevard in Brentwood; and a Mobil On the Run at Highways K & N in O’Fallon.

Evansville, IN to Hold E85 Grand Opening Event

Evansville, Indiana drivers are about to have another option when it comes to filling their Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs). It’s E85 and it’s made from U.S. corn. It’s great for your car, better for the environment and when you burn it you’re doing your part to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.

This CountryMark fueling site will mark Vanderburgh County’s first E85 pump. A grand opening celebration will take place on Thursday, December 18 at 11 a.m. at the station located at 5015 N. St. Joseph Avenue. Speakers at the event will include: Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel; Rick Madden of Superior Ag Resources Cooperative; CountryMark Vice President of Marketing Jon Lantz; and Executive Director of the Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance Kellie Walsh.

Currently, there are over 115 E85 fueling locations in the state of Indiana.

Positive Ethanol Plant News

Despite the tough economic climate for all industries, including ethanol, there are still some plants moving toward production.

Biofuel EnergyBioFuel Energy Corp. of Denver has reached a debt repayment plan with Cargill and two other debt holders to help the company get two plants on-line in Nebraska and Minnesota. According to a release from BioFuel Energy, “Despite the significant hedging losses incurred and announced in August, the Company’s operating subsidiaries have remained financially sound and continued to meet all their obligations” with the exception of Cargill and the two holders of its subordinated debt. The company hopes to have its Wood River, Nebraska and Fairmont, Minnesota plants certified and running at capacity by year-end.

BioEnergyThe first ethanol plant under construction in Pennsylvania opened its doors to state officials and members of the media this week. Construction of the BioEnergy International plant in Clearfield is set to be complete late next year and once online it will produce 100 million gallons of ethanol annually.

Finally, a Missouri state appeals court upheld a judge’s ruling in favor of a company with plans to build an ethanol plant in southern Webster County. The Appeals Court ruling agreed that a group claiming that construction of the plant by Gulfstream Bioflex Energy (GBE) would reduce groundwater supplies in the region and harm property values failed to prove their case. However, it is not yet known whether GBE will continue on with the project which has been delayed more than two years by legal challenges.

Propel Offers E85 in Sacramento Area

Propel Fuels has opened their first publiclly accessed E85 facility in the Sacramento area. The Rocklin 76 station is located at 6700 Five Star Blvd. in the city of Rocklin. The station also offers gasoline and biodiesel under their canopy. It is located in a highly traveled shopping and highway area.

Propel builds, owns and operates a growing network of clean fueling points. The Rocklin facility is the first of theirs to offer E85 but the group has six additional sites that offer biodiesel. Seven fueling sites will open soon and will carry biofuels in the cities of Citrus Heights, Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville and Placerville. The group’s goal is to provide an easy access to high quality clean fuels, and quantify the positive impact of your fuel choice.

There are now about 13,000 flexible fuel vehicles registered in the Sacramento area.

Australia to Offer E85 Compatible Vehicle

GM-Holden will soon be offering its Commodore as E85 compatible in Australia. The group says that biofuels will become a leading alternative fuel for the company.

“We are committed to having locally built Holdens running E85 in the market by 2010,” said GM-Holden managing director, Mark Reuss. “Ethanol is a renewable fuel and the costs are relatively small to modify existing technologies to make it viable. It has great potential, particularly the ability to produce it from waste.”

The company is also in discussions with with biofuels company Coskata in the US to build the first local cellulosic ethanol plant in Australia.

“The key to success will be innovation and an eye for using less foreign oil by increasing efficiency or replacing it altogether with Australian energy alternatives,” Reuss added.

Iowa Opens 100th Retail E85 Station

The Kum & Go #62 at 6130 NW 86th Street in Johnston, IA is the state’s 100th E85 facility to open to the public. On November 24, the station, which installed two dedicated E85 fuel dispensers, celebrated the occasion with a grand opening event hosted by the Clean Air Choice Team.

E85 sold for $1.00 per gallon during the four hour celebration. Consumers also had the chance to win several prizes including ethanol fuel gift cards. A ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off the event. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was in attendance.

[The event] had a good deal of interest,” said Lucy Norton, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s managing director. “Many attended the formal program and ribbon cutting ceremony.” According to Norton, grand opening events – such as this one – are part of an ongoing program sponsored through a partnership of the Clean Air Choice Team, which includes the IRFA, the American Lung Association, Iowa Corn Growers, General Motors Corp. and Kum & Go.

E85 Available in Fulton, NY

Fastrac Market on Route 481 in Fulton, NY now has E85. This is Oswego County’s first E85 fueling pump. The fuel is manufactured by Northeast Biofuels in the Town of Volney.

“Over the summer, Fastrac Markets was proud to purchase the first ethanol produced at Northeast Biofuels to blend as E10 for sale at our stations throughout upstate,” said Fastrac President Thomas Waddle. “And now, we are just as proud to sell Northeast Biofuels ethanol as part of an E85 blend at our newly expanded service station in Fulton.”

According to the Valley News, Northeast Biofuels General Manager Brian Roach said the E85 pump is another step in the continuation of the state’s biofuels industry. He also emphasized the importance of marketing ethanol through local retailers.

“Northeast Biofuels had made a commitment to do business with local supplies, and having a forward-looking retailer like Fastrac as a customer and partner will help us to do just that,” said Roach. “For Northeast Biofuels to be a success, we need to be able to market our ethanol as close to home as possible.”

There are now 32 E85 locations in the state of New York.