Kansas became the first state Tuesday to sell 15-percent ethanol-blended gasoline under the Environmental Protection Agency waiver. The nation’s first E15 gallons were pumped at the Zarco 66 Oasis station in Lawrence, Kansas on Tuesday and – not coincidentally – the first customer to buy it was Jere White – Executive Director of the Kansas Corn Commission…
“We are fortunate to have a retailer who is very enthusiastic about ethanol and in this area of Kansas we have worked with Zaremba in the past who was very aggressive in wanting to persue E-15 under the waiver, where a lot of other retailers were waiting until the fall. We wanted to be there when the first gallons were pumped with Zaremba under the waiver.”
Scott Zaremba, the incoming President of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas believes consumers will want E-15 and more retailers will soon be following his lead in providing the fuel.
“I think that once consumers understand that the higher blend of ethanol will give them a higher octane rating, they get more bang for their buck and they are displacing foreign oil, while cleaning the environment. I think it will go very well.”
Zarco also plans to offer E15 at a second station in Ottawa and have an official celebration to mark the first E15 sales on July 18th. They worked with the Kansas Corn Commission, East Kansas Agri-Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association to make the first sales happen in the Sunflower State – and RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen says Zarco had to overcome the issue of getting the proper blendstock for E15 shipped in for the summer months
It has been just over a month since the EPA gave final approval for the sale and use of E15 ethanol blends in light duty vehicles made since 2001 – and over three years since the waiver was first requested.
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