Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ethanol Group Says St. Louisans Aren't Getting Fair Price on E85; Business

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ethanol Group Says St. Louisans Aren't Getting Fair Price on E85; Business

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Big Corn is calling out Big Oil for its pricing of E85 in the St. Louis market.

The Renewable Fuels Association, which represents the ethanol industry, accused St. Louis gas stations of keeping the high- ethanol blend uncompetitive with traditional gasoline. It said the St. Louis area gas stations that sell the fuel all carry the brand of one of the country's largest oil producers and accused them of trying to "discourage E85 consumption and negatively influence consumer perceptions about the fuel."

In a study on the St. Louis market released Tuesday, the group compared summer gasoline prices here to conventional gasoline prices during that time. Regular gasoline uses a 10 percent ethanol blend, and only flexible fuel vehicles can run on the higher E85 blend.

At the nine stations that sell E85 on the Missouri side of the river, the RFA says that retail prices averaged $3.47 for the blend during mid-May to late August. That compares to $3.45 for conventional E-10 gasoline. …

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