May 23, 2007

First public E85 station opens in New York

Albany, New York – The first public E85 fuelling station in New York State, Campus Mobil, has opened near the State University of New York in Albany. The station supplies E85, a blend of 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent gasoline, which can be used by flexible fuel vehicles (FFV). KNC Holdings, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition worked together on the station.

KNC says it has a second E85 station opening in Warrensburg, New York, in the scenic Lake George region. The company is selling the fuel for US$0.54 below the cost of unleaded gasoline.

NYSERDA recently announced a major program to encourage retailers to place E85 at their stations, which provides matching funds for retailers for infrastructure installation; the authority will provide up to 50 per cent of the cost up to a maximum of US$50,000 per station. The program has a total of US$9,500,000 to be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and it is expected that the effort will result in up to 300 biofuel stations. New York also has an estimated six new ethanol plants being planned for the upstate region.

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