January 24, 2014

E15 Now Available In Ohio

American Freedom Energy is the first retailer in Ohio to offer E15 to consumers for use in 2001 and newer vehicles. The expanded offering of E15 will create savings at the pump for consumers. Currently, E15 is available in 14 states across the country, and more and more retailers are seeking to benefit from the competitive advantage that the higher fuel blend offers.

“Being a leader and not a follower, we believe in consumer choice,” said Glenn Badenhop, President and CEO of American Freedom Energy. “Offering higher ethanol blends like E15 sets us apart from other stations, but also helps our local economies, helps the environment, and helps reduce our addiction to foreign oil. Alternative fuels are the future.”

“Seeing retail leaders like Freedom Energy, MAPCO Express, Murphy Oil and Minnoco offering E15 continues to validate that there is a viable market for the new fuel. When given the choice, consumers will seek the fuel that costs less, improves the performance of their vehicles and is better for our environment. The increase in E15 availability is quite impressive,” stated Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy.

E15 is the most tested fuel blend and is approved for all vehicles produced for model year 2001 and beyond – encompassing approximately 80 percent of the vehicles on the road today.  In Department of Energy tests, 86 vehicles, representing all makes and models, were driven more than six million miles with no issues.

Along with E15 for 2001 and newer vehicles American Freedom Energy will offer E85, E40, E30, and E20 for Flex Fuel vehicles (FFVs) at their Liberty Center station.  In doing so, American Freedom Energy also joins more than 3,000 retailers throughout the nation who have the infrastructure available to provide motorists with a choice of various ethanol blends.

January 20, 2014

POET Job Openings

POET Biorefining, located in Ashton, IA, has several job openings. Job openings include electrician, grain buyer, maintenance clerk, and operations supervisor. For more information, or to apply, visit the POET Ashton webpage.

January 15, 2014

MAPCO to offer E15 to Customers in 2014

Convenience store operator MAPCO Express, Inc. (“MAPCO”), one of the largest company-operated retail chains in the United States, announced today it will begin offering E15 to customers. E15, a combination of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline, is to be included in new build and select mega store locations starting in 2014.

“MAPCO prides itself in being an innovative retailer that provides outstanding value to its customers. We have a long track record of offering new products to our customers and E15 fits in nicely with our current product line up,” stated Dan Gordon, Vice President of Business Development. “Ethanol based fuels have been a lower per gallon cost alternative over the past few years and this should allow us to offer our customers additional fuel options.”

After Department of Energy testing, E15 was approved in January 2011 by the Environmental Protection Agency for use with 2001 and newer vehicles. This fuel option will be offered at new MAPCO locations at all fueling dispensers, excluding diesel.

“Based on the performance of this product, our goal will be to add the E15 fuel option to our mega stores as we continue to increase the number of these locations in the future. Assuming a successful program, our goal is to have 100 stores offering E15,” added Gordon. “Our MAPCO MY Reward$ program and mobile app are both industry leading programs and we continue to lead by offering alternative fuels like E85, biodiesel and soon E15 to our customers.”

December 9, 2013

Greenleaf Biofuels Reaches Milestone Of 1 Million Gallons of Biodiesel Produced

Greenleaf Biofuels announced recently that as of October 31, 2013, the Company produced its 1 millionth gallon of biodiesel. In commercial production at its New Haven Terminal location since this summer, reaching this milestone was a key goal for the Company and for the biofuel industry in Connecticut and New England. This fuel will primarily be blended into the region’s heating oil supply enabling consumers to heat their homes and businesses with a renewable and American-made product that has been shown to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 88%.

“We are extremely proud to have achieved this production milestone. Our team has worked tirelessly over the last six months to commission the plant and scale production. This is a testament to our employees’ high level of expertise and dedication to our mission,” said Gus Kellogg, Founder and COO of Greenleaf. Added Mark McCall, CEO of Greenleaf, “We have been driving towards this day since we began commercial production. I am extremely proud of our entire team. We look forward to increasing our production further with a goal of exceeding 1 million gallons per month next year.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal, the Senior Senator from Connecticut said, "I congratulate Greenleaf Biofuels for producing its 1 millionth gallon of biodiesel. The company is assisting our nation in becoming more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, and creating much needed clean energy manufacturing jobs in Connecticut. Greenleaf is a tremendous asset to our state and our nation."

Senator Chris Murphy added, “Connecticut is proving resilient in finding new economic drivers that support manufacturing jobs in our state, while at the same time supporting our national policy of increasing the supply of domestically produced renewable fuels. Greenleaf is a great example of a public-private partnership that delivers on the promise of economic growth and policy objectives. I applaud this milestone and look forward to additional growth in this important sector of our economy.”

“Congratulations to Greenleaf on this great achievement,” Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said. “They have taken aggressive steps to make biofuels available to more people in the northeast and it is great to see that paying off. Greenleaf has made more environmentally-friendly energy production a priority, while creating more jobs for Connecticut workers. I am proud that they call New Haven home.”

State Senator Martin Looney thanked the company for helping to revitalize New Haven Harbor, one of the city’s unique economic features and the state’s largest port. “Through Step-Up and the Small Business Express programs, the state has been able to partner with Greenleaf to grow jobs and train new workers.” “The fact that Greenleaf has produced over one million gallons of cleaner-burning biodiesel, having only broken ground two years ago on this brand new facility, is a great achievement for the company and demonstrates the success of our state’s biofuels policy,” added State Senator Ed Meyer.

December 4, 2013

Third Quarter Iowa E85 Sales Nearly Double First Quarter Numbers

      The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced that third quarter sales of E85 in Iowa were the second highest on record, doubling first quarter 2013 numbers. Iowans purchased more than 3.61 million gallons of E85 in the third quarter of 2013, nearly double the 1.83 million gallons of E85 purchased in the first quarter of 2013 and up from the 2.62 million gallons of E85 sold in the second quarter, according to Iowa Department of Revenue data.

      “These astounding third quarter sales numbers prove the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was working, but now the EPA is trying to pull the rug out from underneath us,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “During the third quarter, Iowa motorists using E85 routinely saved $1.00 per gallon compared to regular gasoline. But when the EPA announced their proposal to gut the 2014 RFS numbers, they gutted the incentive for retailers to promote low-cost E85.  We saw the E85 price savings pull back, and it won’t be surprising if fourth quarter E85 sales taper off as well.”

      The IRFA recently launched a wholesale E85 price reporting service to promote greater transparency for retailers and distributors of E85 in order to aid retailers in supplying their customers with the lowest-cost E85 available.

      The IRFA publishes Monday’s wholesale E85 prices every Tuesday at http://iowarfa.org/E85PastPriceProgram.php. E85 suppliers wishing to have their price posted should contact T.J. Page with the IRFA at 515-252-6249 or tpage@IowaRFA.org. To be eligible for listing, the supplier's price must: be publicly posted elsewhere; be available to any retailer or supplier; not be restricted by gallonage caps.  E85 is defined in state law as a blend of between 70 and 85 percent ethanol with gasoline.

       Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with three cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.

       The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.