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Ethanol Industry Touts Lower Gas Prices with New “Open Road” Ads

Following on the success of its long-running “Right Here, Right Now” ads, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is debuting a new ad which focuses on ethanol’s ability to lower gas prices at the pump and offer consumers relief in a difficult economy. The “Open Road” campaign is the first of its kind, focusing on ethanol

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Zarco 66 First To Offer E15 Fuel

Zarco 66 is first U.S. gas station to deliver E15 ethanol fuel to consumers, reducing dependence on gasoline and imported oil. American drivers can now choose to use E15 fuel at the Lawrence, Kan., Zarco 66 gas station. The Zarco 66 is the first U.S. retailer to offer E15 fuel, which is 15% ethanol and

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Obama Administration Grants Final Approval For Sale Of E15

“The public has a right to choose between imported oil and home-grown energy and today’s action by the EPA advances that goal,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Obama administration has given final approval for the sale of E15 ethanol blends under the waiver conditions set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Southwest Farm Press reported. 

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Kum & Go Prepares For Colorado Springs Debut

In the next five years Kum & Go aims to construct 20-25 c-stores in Colorado Springs, eight of which are expected to open in 2012. Kum & Go is set to debut its first Colorado Springs convenience store on June 1 at Academy Boulevard and Vickers Drive on the city’s northeast side. Based in West

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Noble Group and Mansfield Form Noble Mansfield Renewable Energy

Two leaders in renewable energy define the next generation of ethanol plant marketing.   Noble Group and Mansfield Oil Co. have launched a new venture that combines the companies’ existing plant marketing divisions. The new company, Noble Mansfield Renewable Energy, will be headquartered in Bloomington, Minn., currently the home of Mansfield’s C&N ethanol marketing business.

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California Low Carbon Standards Unconstitutional

Court rules that standard excessively restricts interstate commerce. Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California has issued a temporary injunction blocking the California low carbon fuels standard. This is welcome news to the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) who have described the standard as unjustifiable, costly

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Thorntons Honored as 2011 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

Outstanding service, a sincere dedication to its team members and an ongoing commitment to convenience retailing earn the Louisville, Ky. chain the industry’s oldest and most prestigious award. By John Lofstock, Editor. The late Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc., once said, “A lot of companies have chosen to downsize. We chose a different path.

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New Stripes Store First in Corpus Christi Area to Offer E85

“With the number of flex fuel vehicles growing, and as cities like Corpus Christi push to find ways to improve air quality and make renewable resources a focus, Stripes will offer E85 fuel at more locations if we find that consumers demand that option,” says Stripes’ CEO. The newest Stripes Convenience Store location, located on

USDA To Help Fund E-15 Blender Pumps

On Oct. 21, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA plans to allocate existing funds to assist the installation of 10,000 blender pumps across the country within the next five years, Ethanol Producer magazine reported. The initiative was one of many put forth by the USDA to further support the development, production and

Sunoco To Supply NASCAR With E-15 Fuel

Sunoco Inc. is supplying the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) with a new high-performance fuel for the 2011 season. The new fuel-known as Sunoco Green E15—is a 15% ethanol blend that will be used in NASCAR’s three national touring series. “Since 2004, Sunoco has produced and delivered to NASCAR the world’s best

NACS Cautions Retailers On E15

Retailers should exercise extreme caution when considering whether to sell E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to authorize the use of E15 in vehicles manufactured in model year 2007 and later, said the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). NACS represents the convenience and petroleum retailing industry,

Keeping USTs and Fuel Dispensers Safe

“Those operators who are only now waking up to the need to tend to UST-related matters need not despair. I recently put together an update for a client I have on all 50 states, and everything I remember reading said that no one’s been cast out, shut down or told they can’t operate because they

Thorntons Celebrates Store Openings In Illinois

Thorntons recently celebrated the grand opening of its two newest store locations in the Chicago suburbs. On Sept. 21, the company opened a store located at 28937 West IL Route 120 in Lakemoor, Ill., and on Sept. 28, Thorntons opened a location at 110 West Devon Ave. in Wood Dale, Ill. With the addition of

Retail Gasoline Set to Dip from One-Month High

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The U.S. retail gasoline price average should dip from a one-month high, as wholesale gasoline prices at distribution terminals in major metropolitan markets eased slightly during the final full week of September. Wholesale spot prices did increase early last week, slumped midway through the week, while again

Mansfield Oil Named Top Technology Innovator

Mansfield Oil Co., an independent supplier of refined fuels, ethanol and diesel exhaust fluid nationwide, has been selected as the top technology innovator in the Energy and Utilities industry in this year’s Information Week 500. The 2010 awards and overall rankings were revealed last week at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500

Alabama Quik Mart Adds E85

Growth Energy has partnered with Edwards Oil to provide E85 at a Quik Mart Convenience Store in Florence, Ala., DomesticFuel.com reported. “We appreciate Growth Energy’s assistance in helping us to fund this infrastructure. Alabama has not seen much investment or sales demand for E85, we are hoping to have a role in changing that,” said

Kum & Go Features E85 Promotion

To start off the Iowa Corn Indy 250 race weekend the Kum & Go station at 2110 Guthrie Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa featured an E85 promotion and a two-hour appearance and autograph signing by race car driver Marco Andretti. On Thursday, June 17 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. customers that visited the Kum &

Thorntons Adding E85 Pumps

Thorntons Inc. has teamed with Growth Energy to establish 20 new E85 stations in five states. “We are very excited about the expansion of E85 fuel in our stores,” said Matt Thornton, CEO of Thorntons, which operates more than 160 c-stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. “We support the use of ethanol, wherever

Valero Exits Delaware City

San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. has discontinued operations in Delaware City after completing the sale of its terminal operation there to Delaware City Refining Company LLC and Delaware Pipeline Company LLC, wholly owned subsidiaries of PBF Energy Company LLC. Valero received total proceeds of $220 million from the sale. Valero had announced the sale of

Economists Offer 2010 Outlook

Economists presented both sides of the picture to retailers at the NACS State of the Industry Summit in Chicago this week. The 2010 NACS State of the Industry Summit marked the 40th anniversary of the State of the Industry survey conducted by NACS. When the survey began, industry sales were recorded at just over  $1

First E85 Blender Pump Installed In Colorado

Burlington, Colo.-based Stratton Equity Co-op recently installed the first E85 blender pump in Colorado. Gilbarco Veeder-Root distributor Littlejohn’s Equipment Company, Colorado Corn and Colorado Oil & Public Safety joined Stratton Equity Co-op in hosting a grand opening celebration to announce the new addition.  “We are excited today to be bringing Ethanol into a place in

Gilbarco Expands Fuel Dispenser Warranty

Gilbarco Veeder-Root has upgraded the warranty on its standard fuel dispensers to cover use of ethanol content up to E15. The dispensers are currently Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved for ethanol up to E10 under the UL 87 standard. The upgraded warranty will ensure its customers are covered if the current E10 standard is broadened to

Valero Renewables Acquires Jefferson Ethanol Plant

Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corporation has closed on the purchase of an ethanol plant from Renew Energy. The plant, located near Jefferson, Wis., has an annual production capacity of 110 million gallons. Valero paid $72 million for the plant. The purchase gives Valero Renewables a

Evolution Fuels Acquires Second Kansas Fuel Station

Evolution Fuels Inc. has executed a second lease agreement with J&J Developments Inc. (J&J) for a fuel station located in Topeka, Kan.  This is the second station of what Evolution Fuels expects will be a series of locations leased from J&J. The station is located on a prime intersection of Topeka that experiences an average

NACS Showcases Cool New Products

Cool Products Unveiled The top new items viewed by retailers at the NACS Show include: • Dippin’ Stix Healthy Snacks, Reichel Foods Inc. • Pringles Extreme Peggable Bags, Procter & Gamble Distributing Co. • Eclipse ELS, ElectraLED Inc. • Stride Gum, Cadbury North America • Dole Fruit Bowls in a Clear Merchandise Glide, Dole Food

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