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E85 Price Report for February 2012

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Compared to February

 

 

2011

Average Price Spread

14.6%  Average E85 Price

$2.73  Average Gas Price

$3.19

 

 

 

2010

Average Price Spread

14.9%  Average E85 Price

$2.21  Average Gas Price

$2.6

 

 

 

 

 

2009

Average Price Spread

8.7%  Average E85 Price

$1.72  Average Gas Price

$1.89

 

 

 

2008

 

 

Average Price Spread

15.5%  Average E85 Price

$2.52  Average Gas Price

$2.99

 

 

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Right now our price spreads are all over the map...

 

We have anywhere from 26% to 0%...

 

Usually we have more of a trend going on.  Though there are always regional differences, based on ethanol production, availability and distance to transport, as well as taxing differences... there usually is a trend.

 

Now it seems to be trending down in some places, while it is trending up in others...

 

Boggles the mind why.  Defies logic.  Then again, greed and opportunism usually defies logic as well... probably the best answer.

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Just hit 15% spread here at the station I usually get it at close to Buffalo NY. Gas is quickly approaching $4 here. The station usually keeps the price 50 cents or so between the two, up until a point, (expensive ethanol/ cheap gas or vice versa, more often than not the ethanol is cheaper than NY gas prices). Most stations are actually 4-10 cents more but this place price battles another right next to them. This is on winter blend too. If they don't get greedy and the ethanol prices stay really similar I would not be surpised to see a larger spread sooner than later, especially when summer blend hits. Last year the summer blend was averaging in the 20% range vs. gas.

 

Of course any sort of hostility on the near by reservation could mean dirt cheap gas, they keep a false 20-30 cent spread but aren't paying any taxes at all, they have dropped the price like a rock at the first mention of NY collecting taxes. I'm exactly halfway between the two, so my realized spread could be much less

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you mention a good point here...

 

on winter blend we have 30% gas in our fuel...

 

on summer blend we have 15% gas in our fuel...

 

So when we switch over to summer blend we will be using 1/2 as much of the increasingly ever more expensive gas, and more of the increasingly cheaper ethanol...

 

Spreads for the summer should get much wider... look for a very yellow map!

 

If only we had 20k blender pumps, the ethanol industry would be dancing! :-X

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