Ten Years of E85: Where do we stand?
The EIA reports today on the steady increase of E85 fueling stations in the United States. From 2003 to 2013, the number of stations experienced a 14 fold increase from 133 to 2,639 fueling stations that offer E85, an 85% blend of fuel ethanol and petroleum gasoline. The majority of these “flex fuel” stations are concentrated in Midwestern states where there is a strong connection to corn production and ethanol plants. However, in recent years, states outside of the Corn Belt have experienced the fastest growth of flex fuel stations. New York and California have experienced the fastest growth of E85 fueling stations, starting with fewer than a dozen stations combined in 2007 to more than 80 stations each in 2013. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC), Minnesota continues to lead the nation, with 336 E85 retail locations. In total, 2% of the nation's approximately 156,000 retail motor fuel outlets offer E85. The graph below shows the rapid growth of E85 stations among other alternative fueling stations in the United States.