Retailer Takes Ethanol Story to Hill

Cindy Zimmerman

Fuel retailers who have had to fight battles with big oil companies to offer higher ethanol blends were among those joining the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Fly-in on Capitol Hill this week. Charlie Good has been in the fuel retailing business for 35 years as a convenience store operator and auto mechanic and he started offering higher ethanol blends …

ACE, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Retailers

E15 Debuts in Sunshine State

Cindy Zimmerman

Some drivers in the Sunshine State will now have access to 15% ethanol fuel (E15), approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in vehicles 2001 and newer. In partnership with Protec Fuel, retail stations in Ft. Myers and Sarasota operated by Mid-State Energy are holding kickoff events with substantial discounts on E15 and E85 fuel today to celebrate …

E15, E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Retailers, RFA

ACE Retailer Roundtable

Cindy Zimmerman

Two fuel retailers took the stage at the American Coalition for Ethanol conference last week in Minneapolis to talk about the trials and rewards of offering their customers a real choice at the pump. Bruce Vollan (left) of Midway Service in Baltic, SD and Kent Satrang, CEO of Petro Serve USA in North Dakota, shared their stories of why they …

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Retailers Tell Ethanol Story at ACE Fly-in

Cindy Zimmerman

Fuel retailers in ethanol producing states had compelling stories to tell at the American Coalition for Ethanol Biofuels Beltway March last week in Washington DC. Several of them sat down with reporters during the event to talk about their success selling higher ethanol blends, as well as the hurdles they had to overcome to do so. Glenn Bedanhop is a …

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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 …

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