The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) reported a 40 percent increase in E85 sales in Iowa during the second quarter of the year.
The nearly 3.7 million gallons of E85 sold during the quarter set a new all-time record for Iowa E85 sales. Figures released by the Iowa Department of Revenue showed sales by Iowa retailers reached 3,697,199 during the period from April to June.
IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw said the sales are a reflection of additional E85 fueling options in the state with Iowans "taking advantage" of these options. "E85 remains a good bargain -- for our pocketbook, our economy, our national security, and our environment," Shaw said.
Iowa currently has 144 retail outlets offering E85. A list of all the E85 stations can be found at: www.iowarfa.org/ethanol_e85refueling.php.
Retailers wishing to offer E85 may be eligible for a state grant to offset some of the equipment and installation costs Shaw said with the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board taking applications at the present time.
Applications are available by contacting Harold Hommes, Iowa Department of Agriculture: 515-242-6237 or by e-mail at: email@example.com.