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Retailer Roundtable: Giving People the Choice of Higher Blends

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by Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Much discussion of the E10 blend wall was to be found at the 2014 American Coalition of Ethanol conference. The last day of events began with retailers who were able to get over the wall and install equipment to sell E15 and E85 in response to the renewable fuel stanard (RFS). Bruce Vollan offers the blends at Midway Services in Baltic, South Dakota, and Kent Satrang offers the choice at six Petro Serve USA stations located near Fargo, North Dakota, and Bismarck, North Dakota.

Ron Lamberty of ACE lead the discussion between the two retailers, and asked questions from the perspective of someone who would potentially want to install the equipment to sell higher blends at their stations.

“In most cases existing piping and tanks will work,” Satrang said. “Some fiberglass piping doesn’t work, but in 98 percent of the cases it’s not going to cost more than a couple thousand [dollars] per blender pump.”

Satrang outlined the steps he took to incorporate the blend at his stations. The steps he highlighted included registering with the EPA, sending in a federal registration letter, filing the misfuel file mitigation plan, agreeing to participate in a survey, properly labeling and using EPA approved labels and ensuring the product transfer documents provided from the ethanol plants contain the correct information. He also added that researching local, state and federal regulations with storage blends is important.

“I’ve had zero experience with ethanol related repair,” Vollan said. “I’m in my seventh year on the same set of hoses that dispense E30, E50, E85.”   READ MORE

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