First Iowa Town to Get E10 is Latest to Have E15

Cindy Zimmerman

Sundstop owner Joshua Sundstrom

Back in 1978, Clarence, Iowa was one of first towns to introduce a new fuel that contained 10 percent ethanol, now called E10. Nearly 40 years later, that same town is getting its first 15% ethanol pump at the Sundstop, which has become Iowa’s 102nd E15 site. The station also offers E85, E30, and biodiesel blends.

“As a retailer in a heavy corn-producing state, we see renewable fuels as a way to give back to the community for supporting our business,” said Sundstop owner Joshua Sundstrom, who opened the store in 2015 as his third location.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw credits Iowa’s biofuels tax credits which were renewed by the Iowa Legislature last year for seven years with increasing availability of higher blends in the state. “The certainty that 7-year extension created enabled retailers like Sundstop to invest in the necessary infrastructure to offer higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel and make it possible for retailers to pass savings on to consumers,” said Shaw.

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