RFA: HWRT to Offer Pre-Blended E15 at Wholesale Terminals
(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that HWRT Oil Co. will become the first company in the United States to offer pre-blended E15 at the terminal level. The development is a game changer that can rapidly open the market for E15 in the Midwest.
Beginning Sept. 16, HWRT will include E15 in its slate of product offerings at terminals located in Hartford, Illinois; North Little Rock, Arkansas; Norris City, Illinois; and Seymour, Indiana. RFA has been working with HWRT on a number of issues related to offering E15 at the terminal, including regulatory compliance, participation in the EPA’s required fuel survey, and adoption of RFA’s Misfueling Mitigation Plan (MMP).
To date, retailers across the country interested in offering E15 have not had access to the fuel at their local fuel terminals. As a result, retailers have offered E15 by diluting a higher ethanol blend (like E85) with regular unleaded, a process that takes additional storage and equipment. This announcement will allow retailers with existing compatible equipment to immediately begin offering E15 to consumers with vehicles manufactured in 2001 or subsequent years, along with all flex fuel vehicles (FFVs).
The Hartford, Illinois, terminal is especially notable as it provides reformulated gasoline (RFG) with low volatility to the St. Louis market. That means the terminal will have E15 available that meets EPA volatility requirements year-round, and retailers served by the terminal will be able to sell E15 all year without interruption.
HWRT plans to eventually expand the E15 offering to 17 additional terminals where the company holds positions. This means E15 will be offered at the terminal level in a total of seven states. READ MORE and MORE (Reuters/Agriculture.com) and MORE (Energy.AgWired.com; includes AUDIO) and MORE (NACSOnline)