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Renewable Fuels Association says DOE is under-representing E85 stations

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) database severely under-represents the number of stations selling E85. RFA says it uncovered nearly 1,000 missing stations as it compared the 2,391 stations found in the database as of 22 July 2014 to the 3,349 retail locations found on the “crowd-sourced” website

The AFDC database is way off in its reporting of E85 stations, and this is negatively influencing discussions over the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending requirements. It isn’t just a handful of stations that are missing; we are talking about the exclusion of hundreds of stations nationwide. In fact, they missed 40 percent of the stations that are included in other databases. That’s simply unacceptable,

—Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA

In a letter sent to the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, the RFA illustrates the central role of the database in crucial policy decisions, stating, “EPA’s mistaken belief that existing E85 refueling infrastructure is insufficient to distribute the 2014 RFS volumes specified in the statute is based in large part on information from the AFDC. As a result, the Agency wrongly proposed to reduce required renewable fuel blending volumes in 2014.

Dinneen stressed the urgent need for updated, accurate information as the EPA decides the final 2014 RFS blending requirements.

Accurate data is the foundation of well informed decisions. The so-called ‘blend wall’—the level at which oil companies claim they can no longer blend ethanol into gasoline—can be scaled through increased use of E85. Therefore, an accurate accounting of E85 stations distributing low-cost, renewable fuels is vital to informing the debate over RFS implementation.

—Bob Dinneen


Ramsey Eldib

Even using the “crowd-sourced” website there are no E85 or Biodiesel stations in the San Fernando Valley. A part of Los Angeles with 1.8 million people. What give! This is unacceptable as I know many people who say they would use these fuels if available. I know people that drive 45 minutes down to Brentwood on the I-405, the most congested road in the US, to get E85. :(


This is the private sector, many fuel stations are owned and/or controlled by oil companies. They are required to buy blended E10, but there is NO requirement to buy E85. "Free" market ya know.

Ramsey Eldib

Free market, right. The oil industry has a long history of being anything but free market, it has been a monopoly/oligarchy since the early 1900 with Standard oil until today with that companies off spring ExxonMobil.


I was being ironically sarcastic, there is NO "free market" and never was.


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