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Lawrence, KS gas station first to offer E15 in the US

The first E15 (15 percent ethanol/85 percent gasoline) blend is now selling at the Zarco 66 station at 1500 E. 23rd Street in Lawrence, KS.

In June, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave final approval for the sale and use of E15 ethanol blends in light duty vehicles made since 2001. (Earlier post.) This represents nearly two-thirds of all vehicles on the road and nearly three-fourths of all miles driven.

Given present market conditions, E15 will sell for less than E10 and gasoline not containing ethanol. More broadly, a recent study from the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development found the use of 13.9 billion gallons of ethanol in 2011 lowered average gasoline prices by $1.09 per gallon nationally and by $1.69 per gallon in Midwestern states such as Kansas.

Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco 66 stations and Vice President of the Petroleum Marketers of Kansas, blends Zarco 66 fuel options right at each of his stations. Pumps offering E15 with the proper labeling will also be offering E10 and other ethanol blends via blender pumps. These pumps allow consumers to choose the fuel option.

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