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Attention Memorial Day Drivers: Ethanol Lowering Gas Prices


WASHINGTON may 23, 2013; As millions of Americans took to the roads for a long holiday weekend, the Renewable Fuels Association reminds drivers that ethanol is not only a clean, green renewable fuel, it is helping Americans save money at the gas pump.

National gas prices are steadily rising. According to, the national average is $3.68. Bob Dinneen, the President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, commented, “It is getting painful yet again to stand at the pump and watch the dollars fly by. Thankfully, ethanol exists to help lower prices, stretch the gasoline supply, and provide both engine and environmental benefits. On a larger scale, the ethanol industry is a high octane economic engine that is supporting more than 365,000 jobs across America, revitalizing challenged rural communities, and reducing the American dollars sent overseas to buy petroleum from often hostile dictators in oil-rich countries.”

While it is not uncommon to see higher gas prices along the coasts of the United States, it is an oddity that highest prices in the nation lately have been in the state of Minnesota. According to recent local media reports, the statewide average is $4.26 per gallon.

According to 2012 updated research conducted by economics professors at the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University for the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), domestically-produced ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average of $1.09 per gallon in 2011. That is an additional 20-cent savings over the $0.89 these same economists recorded in 2010.

It is expected that drivers in Iowa may also soon be hit with increased costs. Once again, ethanol, this time in the form of E85 (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline) that is widely available in the Corn Belt, is delivering significant savings to owners of flex-fuel vehicles. Dinneen commented, “I suspect owners of flex-fuel vehicles will enjoy their summer driving vacations a bit more than other drivers. The savings that flex-fuel drivers will enjoy is significant.”

According to the website, the published average statewide E85 price is approximately $3.31 compared to $4.19 for gas. E85 is recorded to be as low as $2.49 per gallon in Eagan, Minn.

To find out more about E85, please visit To find out if your vehicle is approved to use E85 consult your owner’s manual or for a list of flex-fuel vehicles, please see RFA’s Flex Fuel brochure/listing. To learn about the benefits and value of ethanol in general, please visit