Iowa Retailer Says Big Oil Disrupting E15 Sales

Cindy Zimmerman

An Iowa congressman and a fuel retailer in his state are claiming that the oil companies’ fuel distribution monopoly is forcing the discontinuation of 15% ethanol blended fuel (E15) sales during the summer. Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) joined Linn Coop Oil Company service manager Jim Becthold and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw for a press conference at …

Audio, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Oil, Retailers

RFA Calls for Investigation of Oil Industry Conduct

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is requesting a multi-agency investigation into what they are calling the “discriminatory and unlawful conduct” on the part of the oil industry. In a letter sent today to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), RFA requested the agencies investigate the …

E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Oil, Retailers, RFA

Kountry Korner in Baxter, IA Offering E15

Joanna Schroeder

Kountry Korner in Baxter, Iowa has become the third retail location in the state to offer E15  as a registered fuel. E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in 2001 or newer vehicles. “Our company is dedicated to environmentally-friendly practices and growing our local economy, so …

Alternative energy, E15, Ethanol, Iowa RFA, Retailers

Algal Based Biofuel Retail Pilot Successful

Joanna Schroeder

Propel Fuels and Solazyme have announced the results of their pilot retail program and over the 30 days consumers were given a choice to purchase biofuels produced from algae, they chose the algal-based biofuel. In a survey of users, consumers said they prefer its environmental benefits compared to conventional fuels; would purchase more of it if it was widely available …

advance biofuels, algae, Renewable Energy, Retailers

Iowa Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards

Joanna Schroeder

John Gilroy from Harney Oil Company in Coralville, Iowa and Jim Becthold from Linn Coop Oil Co. in Marion, Iowa have been awarded the 2013 Secretary’s Biodiesel and Ethanol Marketing Awards. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey presented the awards that were created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to recognize fuel marketers that have gone above …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Retailers

GROWMARK Studying E15 Retailer Handbook

Cindy Zimmerman

As a leader in fuels produced by farmer cooperative members, GROWMARK is studying how to best implement 15% ethanol and upgrading its biodiesel quality program for marketing through the FS Brand system. There are over 300 locally and independently operated FS FAST STOP and FAST STOP Express locations so GROWMARK Renewable Fuels Product Manager Brigette Harlan says they are carefully …

Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, FS Energy, GROWMARK, Retailers, RFA

Senators Introduce Domestic Fuels Act of 2012

Cindy Zimmerman

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) this week introduced bipartisan legislation that would “help produce more energy, increase competition, promote alternative fuels, provide more consumer choice and lower the cost of fuels at the pump.” Sen. Klobuchar says the Domestic Fuels Act of 2012 would make it easier to market all fuels …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, Retailers, RFA

USDA Accepting REAP Fund Apps for Blender Pumps

Ann Marie Edwards

Blender pumps give consumers flexibility and choice of ethanol blends when they are fueling up. Now, the USDA is accepting applications for REAP funds that can be used by retailers who want to install more blender pumps. This is the second year that blender pumps have been authorized as part of the REAP program. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in …

blends, Ethanol, Retailers, RFA, USDA

BYO Ethanol Blending Solutions Webinar

Cindy Zimmerman

Petroleum marketers and fuel station owners are invited to attend an ethanol blending solutions webinar for the new year. The Blend Your Own Ethanol Campaign is kicking off 2011 by helping retailers learn how blender pumps can be the answer to dealing with all the variables surrounding ethanol in the year ahead, including new infrastructure programs, new regulations, and the …

ACE, blends, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Retailers, RFA