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  1. All:

     

    In case you missed the news, the RFA partnered with Paul Teutul, Jr of Paul Jr. Designs to promote ethanol in motorcycles. Paul built the RFA a custom motorcycle that was unveiled for filming of American Chopper this past weekend. 

     

    American Chopper has a sneak peek out that you can catch on Discovery Channel, and the show will officially return on May 28th. The first motorcycle to be featured will be for the Buffalo Chip Campground, a long partner of the RFA, and will be made to run on E85. The RFA bike will be featured in later episodes, and we expect that to air in late June or early July, and it will also run on E85. Both bikes will be featured with Paul Jr. during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.

     

    The image of the motorcycle is embargoed until the show airs, but you can take my word for it that there is no mistaking that this is to promote ethanol and E85. 

     

    Stay tuned!

     

    Robert

    RFA

    Paul & Robert in R&D.jpg


  2. The specification for E85, now called the flex fuel spec, changed years ago. The classes still exist, but they are based on vapor pressure of the fuel first, not ethanol content. Depending on the blendstocks available, you can see higher or lower ethanol contents year round that you did not under the older provisions found is ASTM Spec 5798. For the entire state of Tennessee, you are in Class 3 now. That simply means that the vapor pressure of the fuel should be between 8.5-12.0psi. You can view the latest standard here in one of DOE's publications: https://www.afdc.energy.gov/uploads/publication/ethanol_handbook.pdf 

     

    As for the E10, I have used these before for testing, but the standard kit only works up to E30: http://www.fuel-testers.com/instructions_alcohol_fuel_test_kit.htmlTesting ethanol content by water gets difficult even at E30, let alone E85. I have seen tests where E85 has absorbed up to 50% water and showed no phase separation, which is what these types of test really need.

     

    I did just verify with the supplier and the fuel is in fact Class 3, and has an ethanol content of 80% ethanol. Don't forget, ethanol is denatured with 2% hydrocarbon too!

     

    Hope that helps.

     

    Robert

    RFA


  3. I understand the theory, and said we support RIN market transparency. That said, we have never blended more ethanol than today and every year is bigger. This year saw the largest growth of E15 and E85 on record, and those gallons have truly not been realized yet. Minnesota is opening an E15 station a day, as an example. 2018 doesn't look too bad either with the extension of USDA's BIP Program for many states, and other infrastructure development efforts. Wayne's move to E25 standard dispensers, slow, but steady movement on an RVP waiver, and thousands seeing these fuels for the first time is good news. 

     

    What Congress and EPA ultimately sees is that the obligated amount of ethanol prescribed by the RFS to be blended is being blended. I don't understand why we would care who is doing the blending if we just want more ethanol in the marketplace.

     

    Robert

    RFA


  4. I can guarantee that most retailers do not have the volume of RINs to manipulate the market, and there are really only so many players. Less than 150 obligated parties by most accounts. I am all for more transparency in the RIN market, and we have publicly supported that too.

     

    But, I don't understand the logic, although I hear it often. How would lowering the price of a RIN lower the price of ethanol, or the price at the pump? Today you are seeing some of the most favorable economics for higher blends of ethanol like E85. The price differential is more than what the gasoline and ethanol markets alone are providing, and that is solely based on the RIN and its value. Independent refiners have had 12 years now to figure this out and some have done it and quite well. Others have hedged that they would be successful in repealing or reforming the RFS, and that simply hasn't happened. They are recouping the cost in other ways, even they admit that. If you want the price of E85 to go up, capping RINs is definitely the way to do it, but in my opinion it won't sell any more ethanol. We have shown over and over and over that higher RIN prices have translated to savings at the pump, especially for those using this website.

     

    Robert

    RFA


  5. I just wanted to reach out and thank everyone for their continued support of E85prices.com, this forum and the mobile app. We have yet another update to the app coming soon, might be the first week of January with the holiday and end of the year, but some additional tweaks to make it even better. In 2018, we will turn our focus to the website, and continue to make it better for reporting, user interaction and data collection. As always, we welcome all ideas, and will do our best to incorporate what we can when we can.

     

    Happy Holidays!

     

    Robert

    RFA


  6. I will have our developer look into the issues on the Android version ASAP.

     

    As for the calculator, the prices are pulled from reported data at E85prices.com from your immediate area using your location. The MPG data is calculated using data pulled from DOE fuel economy tests comparing regular unleaded and E85. Your other suggestions will be considered for future updates.

     

    Robert

    RFA


  7. The main reason for Missouri's woes is MFA Oil. They have went from 120 E85 stations to around 40 now (according to them), and refuse to incorporate margins consistent with unleaded. The last time I met with them was a few months ago, and nothing has changed. The only reason the price spread in Missouri is not worse is because of Kum & Go venturing into the state, and the recent events in STL.

     

    Robert

    RFA


  8. The Andersons now have E85 at the rack in STL, which dropped the price substantially over the terrible prices seen for years. They have already signed-up numerous stations, and we are trying to get some that switched away from E85 to go back. There are also several slated in the future thanks to various other efforts. It appears the STL market will provide a fresh start to E85 soon.

     

    Robert 
    RFA


  9. All:

     

    RFA is working on an update for both the website and the mobile app, and hopefully you will begin to see much needed changes in the coming weeks. This is long overdue and we have had issues finding good people to work on both. That said, we are moving forward and I am sure we don't know everything that folks would like to see changed. If you have a suggestion, please reply here and we will evaluate each one accordingly. We value your input and participation.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Robert

    RFA


  10. We have to use an algorithm to sort prices and we have assigned parameters for each state for auto-approval. For whatever reason, your price submission(s) was out of those bounds. That should trigger an email for me to review the price, it did not. I was traveling last week and did not notice it until I was checking on something else on the website. I apologize for the delay, and we are working on fixing the email issue.

     

    Robert 
    RFA


  11. Here is the last batch of winners for our summer contest. If you won, and have not heard from someone, please leave a message here. We have reached out to all winners using your provided email. If that email is no longer good, we will have a hard time tracking you down.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Robert
    RFA

     

    • August 21- ethanolkicksgas

    • August 22- PureMichigan2.5GT

    • August 23- Fueledup94

    • August 24- cidermax

    • August 25- vicsvx

    • August 26- Steph

    • August 27- Lxnitrous

    • August 28- Fueledup94

    • August 29- Alchysteve

    • August 30- Synapser2005

    • August 31- AtlasFBG2

    • September 1- AzDragonLord

    • September 2- n0cf

    • September 3- xprss

    • September 4- w9hdg


  12. Here is the next set of winners!

     

    • August 7- ethanolkicksgas

    • August 8- Fueledup94

    • August 9- altfuel

    • August 10- xprss

    • August 11- Chemeng

    • August 12- RudyBird

    • August 13- n0cf

    • August 14- SubaruH6

    • August 15- Indiana

    • August 16- redjet

    • August 17- Bjoe

    • August 18- cguigar

    • August 19- TommyJoe711

    • August 20- gogreen


  13. Here is the next set of winners:

     

    • July 24- Fueledup94

    • July 25- cguigar

    • July 26- nurdco

    • July 27- bniblet

    • July 28- Fueledup94

    • July 29- FEH05

    • July 30- BJoe

    • July 31- ethanolkicksgas

    • August 1- AtlasFBG2

    • August 2- GR864

    • August 3- SubaruH6

    • August 4- CornProne

    • August 5- AzDragonLord

    • August 6- James48843


  14. Here is the next round of winners - congrats!

     

    • July 10- jdj

    • July 11- gogreen

    • July 12- Jeffery25

    • July 13- Fuelverine

    • July 14- James48843

    • July 15- Chemeng

    • July 16- AtlasFBG2

    • July 17- xprss

    • July 18- NissenGB11

    • July 19- Wesleypalazzo

    • July 20- CornProne

    • July 21- altfuel

    • July 22- colchiro

    • July 23- glennsan


  15. Here is the next round of winners:

     

    • June 26- RacerX

    • June 27- colchiro

    • June 28- RacerX

    • June 29- Indiana

    • June 30- DC70

    • July 1- Bjoe

    • July 2- n0cf

    • July 3- jdj

    • July 4- douglas685

    • July 5- shonalex

    • July 6- blackburn

    • July 7- Bailey

    • July 8- GR864

    • July 9- colchiro


  16. Here is the next round of winners:

     

    • June 13- clodhopper

    • June 14- altfuel

    • June 15- jtorres@ohiocornandwheat.org

    • June 16- ethanolkicksgas

    • June 17- colchiro

    • June 18- synapser2005

    • June 19- hvanmeter

    • June 20- paulschlueter

    • June 21- xprss

    • June 22- hvanmeter

    • June 23- James48843

    • June 24- synapser2005

    • June 25- Salalmaguer

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