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    dan45mcc got a reaction from storky in 5,000 New E15/E85 Pumps coming   
    $100 Million In Grants ..!
    5,000 pumps offering higher blends of ethanol nationwide. 
    Fact Sheet: USDA Invests in Clean Energy Economy, Supporting U.S. Producers and Seeking to Double Number of Higher Blend Renewable Fuel Pumps Available to ConsumersTo create new markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers, help Americans save money on their energy bills, support America's clean energy economy, cut carbon pollution, and reduce dependence on foreign oil and costly fossil fuels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to aggressively pursue investments in American-grown renewable energy.
    As part of that commitment, USDA is investing $100 million in clean energy infrastructure that will make more options available to American consumers. USDA recently announced that 21 states will receive the funds, through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, to install nearly 5,000 pumps offering higher blends of ethanol nationwide. This will be made possible by matching the $100 million federal investment with private and state resources at a more than one-to-one ratio. Through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, USDA will test innovative ways to distribute higher blends of renewable fuel. A typical gas pump can deliver fuel that contains a maximum 10 percent ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump, despite the fact that our farmers now produce record amounts of renewable biofuels.
    This new investment seeks to double the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying higher blends of renewable fuel to consumers, such as E15 and E85. This will also expand markets for farmers and help them diversify their rural energy portfolios, support rural economic growth and the jobs that come with it, and ultimately give consumers more affordable options at the pump.
    The United States exported more than $2 billion dollars of ethanol last year, making the United States the world's largest exporter of ethanol. Other countries are investing in clean energy technologies because they realize the tremendous economic potential of these energy sources, and we must do the same to remain competitive.
    Still, a combination of factors is creating uncertain times for America's corn and soybean producers. Lower commodity prices and reduced demand for feed as the poultry industry recovers from the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus are putting pressure on producers and sectors of the U.S. economy. These competitive grants will create additional markets for feedstock commodities and will be funded through USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), which was created to stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices.
    Increased domestic production and use of renewable energy, paired with growing renewable energy exports, has the potential to support hundreds of thousands of jobs in rural communities. This announcement builds on USDA's ongoing efforts to work with farmers and ranchers to support a robust clean energy economy in rural America, including:
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    dan45mcc reacted to Greengenes in EPA vs Vehicle Carbon Emission Credit   
    Oddly enough,  Hyundai looks like it has potential candidate in it's 1.8L GDCI engine.
    They have other High compression engines on the market today, but offer no FFV models.
    My beef with the auto industry currently is their ambivalence to the publics' interest in FFVs
    I go to a dealer to inquire about their offerings of alternative fueled vehicles( or FFVs) , and am
    promptly excoriated -- "why do you want to do that?" 
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    dan45mcc reacted to gasisoutrageous in New SuperAmerica E85 stores   
    Negative... I actually already called and confirmed they do indeed have it.
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    dan45mcc got a reaction from gasisoutrageous in RFA acquires E85Prices.com   
    Thanks everyone !    
    Going to be nice to have  a little extra free time.. some of us will be working a little more though..umm Aaron I know your busy but can you take care of these new E85 Stations please 
    Really happy to see Aaron officially on board.. you'll do a great job promoting E85 and keeping the Station database up to date
    I think its going to be good for everyone.. I was falling behind on a lot of things for the websites..just not enough hours in the day and I was running myself down trying to make more time .
    so with the RFAs resources they can split/ hire out the work load..get caught on the things we are behind on ..like updating the E85 vehicles pages ...getting the APPs updated etc.. 
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    dan45mcc got a reaction from TD in RFA acquires E85Prices.com   
    RFA acquires E85Prices.com
    Well by now most of you have heard the News that the RFA has acquired e85prices.com and E85Vehicles.com .
    You all are part of a second family to me and as such you deserve to see the reasoning for my departure.  
    As many of you know I work full time driving City bus ..between those 40 hours and working 30-40 hours a week on websites for a long time was actually fun and challenging. But this past year I’ve had a recurrence of cancer and and had over 40 Dr visits, chemo and radiation.
    The Good news is everything is in remission but I need to slow down and cut my hours from 80 to 40 and that is really the bottom line . Just time for me to relax a bit more and let someone else lead E85Prices through this phase.  
    I absolutely wanted to make sure that E85Prices.com stayed within the Ethanol family and so I am extremely pleased that we were able to make  a deal with the RFA.
    They have the resources to add all those new features and tools to the websites that you guys are always looking for. (so get your requests in ! ) 
    Member Robert White and Matt Stuckey (IT) and our very own Aaron Walsh (Joining the RFA team)……    with the RFA is who you want to shout at now when New Stations aren’t being added fast enough or Phone numbers need changed etc..  
    Running these types of websites are new to them so patience when needed please. I didn’t realize how complex it had grown until I was helping them get accustomed to where everything is  and how the sites all work.  I will still be around and help on when called on.  
    I’m not going anywhere ,I still fully support E85 and it’s the only fuel that goes into my Jeep  and will still be participating in the forums.. just slowing down and passing on the workload
    You all are the backbone the foundation of E85Prices.com Everyone helping everyone else locate the best E85 Prices.. which Stations to support and who too shame on pricing ..This community is having a much larger effect on E85 policy than you may initially realize, remember it is your voice, your money , when you pull up to the pump YOU decide who to support and that is what makes E85 superior and deserves the support because it enpowers the consumer.
    I’ll close with ..THANK YOU !
    This has to be one of the most behaved forums on the internet .. !! 
    Dan McCullough
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    dan45mcc got a reaction from gasisoutrageous in RFA acquires E85Prices.com   
    And Congrats to Aaron !  Very smart move to bring Aaron on board 
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    dan45mcc reacted to gasisoutrageous in BP Station in Chelsea, MI back to Marathon   
    Hey Dan, just want to shoot you a reminder about this one and also the new station I found: http://e85vehicles.com/e85/index.php?/topic/6761-new-speedway-e85-additions/&do=findComment&comment=44950
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    dan45mcc got a reaction from TD in E85 should be the wave of the future if the ethanol industry can understand it's product and market it for what it is.   
    Hedge Fund operator loves E85 .. especially when marketed as a premium fuel
    As most people know I am a big advocate of the American farmer and the Agricultural industry as a whole, so when I found out earlier this year that I could convert my non-flex fuel vehicle to a vehicle that could run both e85 and 93 octane fuel with some pretty awesome benefits I jumped at the opportunity.  I have to say, I love the outcome and for a few reasons.  But from a broader perspective I think my experience can offer some insights to the ethanol industry as a whole.   To begin with the vehicle in question is my baby.  It is a 2009 Cadillac CTS V that I am the proud second owner of.  For you car guys out there you know exactly why, but for the non-gear heads let me explain:  The second generation Cadillac CTS V is nothing short of a 4-door American supercar.  As part of the GM family Cadillac borrowed the most potent Corvette engine they could get their hands on and de-tuned it slightly.  That engine was the LSA which is the same supercharged 6.2 liter V8 found in the top Corvette ZR1 only with a slightly smaller supercharger.  When a Cadillac CTS V rolls off the assembly line it has 554 Hp and 551 Lbs of torque.   However, I am a gear head and when I see an opportunity to improve something I do. So I made some light modifications to boost output to 553 hp at the rear wheels. (Quick note - hp at the wheels is less then the stated hp manufactures claim due to loss of hp in the drive train).  And then the speed shop that I had been getting work done at informed me that they had just gotten in the e85 conversion kits and they were producing awesome results to the tune of 50-70 hp gains at the wheels!  So, your telling me I can burn corn and get more power?!?!  I'M IN!!!   Sign up for our Morning Ag Hedge newsletter!  Sign up here: http://www.zaner.com/offers/?page=17      This was a bit of a complicated process that took e85 use far beyond that of a typical flex fuel car.  To get the maximum performance and best fuel mileage we had to install a sensor in the fuel tank to tell the car's computer what it was working with and in turn the car's computer would set the fuel/air mixture to the optimal level for the given fuel.  This means we had to tune the car to multiple settings for different fuel mixes.  We also had to replace all gaskets and upgrade the fuel pump.  All together it ended up being right about $2,000 for the conversion, which for the gear heads out there this is by far the cheapest hp you can get.   The end result was a 70 hp gain to 603 hp!  And I am so very pleased.  The mpg did suffer on e85, but it was not as bad as I had expected.  The CTS V is a gas sucker as is and with e85 it is more thirsty but not by a whole lot.  Before the conversion when I was running strictly 93 octane fuel I was getting an average of 11.6 mpg.  Now, when running e85 I get an average of 10.4.  This is a noticeable drop but not a tremendous drop.  At the time the savings of e85 vs 93 octane more then made up for it and I have to believe that this will be the case more often then not in the future as well.  Now, with the mpg drop e85 might not make financial sense compared to regular 87 octane fuel but for me regular fuel is not an option.   But, what is the point of me explaining this on a forum such as this one?  I assure you it is not just to talk about my car (however I do seem to do that a lot).  My point is that I believe there is a market out there that the ethanol industry either does not see or is not interested in.  I am not just talking about the gear heads either.   So far the ethanol industry has targeted the average consumer with little success.  This is mostly because the average consumer is driven by value and e85 compared to regular fuel does not offer much better value most of the time when considering the drop in mpg.  However, these flex fuel cars normally run regular 87 octane fuel and the value proposition for e85 is much stronger when compared 93 octane premium fuel. Further more the average flex fuel car does not change the fuel/air mixture depending on the fuel it is given and burns e85 like it is 83 octane gasoline.  This means that mpg suffers more then it should and the potential increase in performance is never realized.   This strongly suggests that e85 might not be for the average consumer and its in not a competitor to regular gasoline.  So, who should the target consumer be?  The premium segment who buy premium cars that take premium gas.  People who buy premium cars that take premium gas do so for performance and luxury.  Give them the opportunity for more performance at cheaper or comparable prices and e85 makes a case that is very difficult to argue with.  Plus, the expense to produce a car that is properly tuned and has a sensor in the gas tank would be much more easily absorbed by the premium car market.  It also means that we could be getting more power out of smaller and more efficient engines which is certainly the trend in the auto industry right now.  And, who knows,  The features that start in the premium car market often have a way of trickling down to the average car market as consumers want to reach up.  This could be the doorway to e85 being massively popular on a much bigger scale.  So, if the ethanol industry is serious about expanding it's customer base despite lower gas prices this is may be road map.   The bottom line is that e85 is a premium fuel and should be treated as such.  At approximately 103 octane it offers the best performance for cars that are tuned to use it and a solid value proposition compared to premium 93 octane gasoline.  All sports cars worth their salt should be able to use e85 to it's potential as should luxury cars that use premium fuel.  E85 should be the wave of the future if the ethanol industry can understand it's product and market it for what it is.   http://www.insidefutures.com/article/1347049/Is%20e85%20the%20Wave%20of%20the%20Future?.html
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    dan45mcc reacted to BJoe in E85 should be the wave of the future if the ethanol industry can understand it's product and market it for what it is.   
    That's why I'm still using E85 in my 200, even though the spread hasn't been favorable. At $2.00/gal or less vs what ever premium is is worth it to be just based on how that Pentastar V-6 reponds to it. Dad is kinda disappointed that my Sister's new Challenger R/T Classic isn't flex fuel and doesn't have the 8 speed that Aaron's Charger uses just based on what he's seen from my 2p0 on E85 with it's 6 speed auto. Too bad the new Hellcats also aren't flex fuel, if that CTS-V picked up 70 at the rear wheels, the Hellcats could be closer to 100hp at the wheels!
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    dan45mcc got a reaction from TD in Ouch.. Prices just went up 20 cents a Gallon in St Cloud,MN   
    Morning CP
    They wont be switching to summer blend in Minnesota until end of May.. they do a Spring jump to E75 E80 in April.. I'll have to find that chart..it's around here somewhere 
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    dan45mcc reacted to AzDragonLord in No more e85   
    I'm sorry to say the following stations no longer carry e85, and probably never will again.  This means no more e85 for me in my daily travels. 
    Discovery Market 2128 E. Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, Arizona   Chevron 295 South Arizona Blvd, Coolidge, Arizona   Ludwig Service, Coolidge, Arizona
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    dan45mcc reacted to Billyk24 in Anyone have a Chevy Volt running on E85?   
    Please read this link:  
    Someone has already did what you are seeking.
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    dan45mcc reacted to Fuelinggood in New DOE-Verified E85 Stations   
    I receive monthly reports from DOE on stations that were added or deleted. They are gathered through various sources and verified by a DOE contractor. Their process is typically very slow, but thorough. I wanted to report that the following 19 stations were not located in the database.
    Pride of Lake County BP
    20915 Rand Rd
    Kildeer, IL 60047
    4502 Indianapolis Blvd
    East Chicago, IN 46312
    Family Express
    22 E 400 S
    La Porte, IN 46350
    All Star
    5208 Broadway
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    Speedway #1426
    6325 E Lincoln HWY
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    10350 Woodward Ave
    Detroit, MI 48203
    Meijer #257
    1201 Lears Rd
    Petoskey, MI49770
    Kwik Trip #250
    1509 10th Pl NE
    Austin, MN 55912
    Kwik Trip #230
    4978 Miller Trunk HWY
    Hermantown, MN
    Holiday Station #338
    3225 40th Ave NW
    Rochester, MN 55901
    Allied Energy (may be duplicate with Cenex listed)
    Highway 281 & Highway 13
    Edgeley, ND 58433
    401 HWY 2 SW
    Rugby, ND 58368
    Petro Serve
    1020 8th St Ave SW
    Valley City, ND 58072
    Intersection of Highway 83 & Highway 200
    Washburn, ND 58577
    Speedway #1219
    799 Arlington Rd
    Brookville, OH 45309
    Stripes #1033
    7784 Fairbanks N Houston Rd
    Houston, TX 77040
    Stripes #1036
    14550 JFK Blvd
    Houston, TX 77032
    Valero Corner Store #1564
    1301 N Loop 340
    Lacy Lakeview, TX 76705
    Kwik Trip
    305 W Prairie St.
    Boscobel, WI 53805
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    dan45mcc reacted to TD in Anyone have a Chevy Volt running on E85?   
    I read in one of the forums (after filtering out all the negative posts) that E40's was doable, but not much more than that, but again, I don't know what year was being discussed. I'm hoping to check out one or two on Friday with a '13 about $5k and a newer, low mileage '14 for about $7 more than what KBB says my trade is worth. 2012 was a stinker for problems and I turned one of those down.
    This time I like the idea of going with larger jets for the first time. Trouble is finding out the current size, figuring how much more to go based on first lean code and where to get them. I've always gone the conversion route, then had to remove it to get warranty or maintenance service. ~ 5 minutes to R&R.
    2016 is supposed to get a better, lighter battery and an aluminum block, direct injection engine (5 seats, 50 mile range, 50 mpg). Boy I wish I could swing that. As it is my wife will kill me if she sees me bring one home, but I figure now is better than after she retires (2 months), sells her townhouse and wants to buy a house again.
    All models have some neat features, like forcing the ICE to kick in to burn off fuel if it's over a year old and oil sensors based on oil quality. I've read of people with 2000 miles on the odo and still half of the original gas in the tank. Lots of neat tech. Too bad they couldn't put in a little ethanol sensor....
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    dan45mcc reacted to gasisoutrageous in With E15, comes new E85 - New Stations   
    Whoa, Minnoco is selling E85 now???
    I don't know what stands out at me more... Minnoco, or the phrase "several hundred more are in the works".
    Robert, send me a message when you can.
    Dan, I'll help you out with coordinates and phone #s when I get out of work at 2100 hours.
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    dan45mcc reacted to Fuelinggood in With E15, comes new E85 - New Stations   
    Here are some new stations across the country that now offer E15 and E85 that were not listed in the existing stations. There are several hundred more in the works. This is not a complete list, but all I am going to get to this week. Have a great weekend. Robert
    380 Warfield Boulevard
    Clarksville, TN
    Latitude: 36.569476472986
    Longitude: -87.287278175354
    404 South Broadway
    Portland, TN
    Latitude: 36.576201517376
    Longitude: -86.513822972775
    401 South 4th Street
    Mapleton, IA
    Latitude: 42.161888440999235
    Longitude: -95.79352587461472
    Star Energy
    903 32nd Avenue
    Spencer, IA
    Latitude: 43.1473836649635
    Longitude: -95.19230872392654
    K&H Cooperative
    101 First Street NE
    Buffalo Center, IA
    Latitude: 43.3859709739495
    Longitude: -93.94780799746513
    Cenex (Chandler Coop)
    320 Trosky Road
    Edgerton, MN
    Latitude: 43.87794513707548
    Longitude: -96.13426968455315
    1214 Southview Boulevard
    South Saint Paul, MN
    Latitude: 44.8891716797265
    Longitude: -93.04977223277092
    16825 County Road 24
    Plymouth, MN
    Latitude: 45.019640106096
    Longitude: -93.494381904602
    (interesting... almost directly west of the Meijer in Gaylord, halfway between the equator and the north pole)
    9950 County Road 9
    Plymouth, MN
    (having some trouble with this one... is it a former Holiday, or the location listed as "VIP Car Wash"?)
    Red Lake County Coop
    106 Highway 59 South
    Brooks, MN
    Latitude: 47.813058451517
    Longitude: -95.999028682709
    12908 Minnetonka Boulevard
    Minnetonka, MN
    Latitude: 44.941883438960
    Longitude: -93.443570137024

    2178 Marshall Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN
    Latitude: 44.948201402406
    Longitude: -93.192193508148

    3360 Shoreline Drive
    Orono, MN
    Latitude: 44.934922446976934
    Longitude: -93.60875934362411

    (pics thanks to user insiderperson on GasBuddy)

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    dan45mcc reacted to CPLHICKS in E85 fuel economy research in Colorado   
    Well the chart says they lowered the chamber volume so I'm guessing they milled the heads.
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    dan45mcc reacted to gasisoutrageous in New Corner Store selling E85- Gilbert Arizona   
    That would be:
    I gots skillz
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    dan45mcc got a reaction from Ethanol_Addict in 20 below zero...Jeep starts right up   
    You guys are just full of humor today...
    Speaking of plugging in...there you go Aaron..that will be your least expensive option
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    dan45mcc reacted to TD in 20 below zero...Jeep starts right up   
    Was it plugged in??? 
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    dan45mcc got a reaction from storky in E85 Wholesale Prices as low as 73 cents per Gallon   
    The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association released their weekly E85 Wholesale Prices Report..


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    dan45mcc got a reaction from Ethanol_Addict in A sight At The Pump   
    Morning EA ...I see a lot of younger guys filling up on E85. A lot of them are driving the Mazdas ...WRX and such.
    Thy are looking at the high octane ...and more interested in creating power..at a fraction of the cost of racing fuel.
    I also see a lot of young soccer moms in SuVs filling ....usually for the price.
    I am always pulling up with E85prices.com plastered all over the jeep.so a little easier for people to engage in conversation
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    dan45mcc reacted to TD in 3 New E85 Stations in North Dakota   
    Hi Dan,
    Some dupe stations in Fargo and at least one has prices on both Holiday and Hornbachers. http://www.e85prices.com/north-dakota/fargo.html
    You have two PetroServs (spelled differently) at 1340 34th St. SW
    Also have Hornbachers and Holiday Station  at 4377 45 St. S.
    Sorry! Wish I had noticed this sooner.
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    dan45mcc got a reaction from Ethanol_Addict in RaceTrac Stores   
    Thanks EA .. I'll have them listed in a few minutes
    I noticed E85 prices look pretty good in your area ...I suppose because of lot of blending takes place in your area
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    dan45mcc reacted to gasisoutrageous in A handful of new Mapco stations in the south   
    Hey Mr. Dan, just reminding you about this one. Lots of stations to add!
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