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FRIDAy, JAN. 31, 2014
2014 Corn Edition
Educating one motorist at a time Stauffer receives 2014 ethanol marketing award FORT DODGE — Jason Stauffer, of Manson, said he was humbled on Jan. 14, when he was handed a plaque from Bill Northey, Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, as the recipient of the 2014 Secretary’s Ethanol Marketing Award. Stauffer is the retail fuels manager for STAR Jason Energy, a division of Stauffer GROWMARK Inc. “I don’t feel like I deserved the award,” Stauffer said, “but it was an honor and humbling to be recognized for doing the right thing.” Stauffer said STAR Energy goes the extra mile in offering five ethanol blends to the motoring public, educating them about the higher blend’s benefits one motorist at a time. STAR Energy’s Fort Dodge location began offering E15 as a conventional fuel to customers in December 2013. It installed a blender pump for E20, E30 and E85 options for flex fuel vehicles two years ago. Stauffer, Northey said, has been instrumental in the establishment and promotion of this site and making
additional renewable fuels available to customers. “We aggressively market ethanol with an educational approach,” Stauffer said. STAR Energy, with 23 Iowa locations, has installed ethanol blender pumps in Fort Dodge, Storm Lake and Spencer. The company’s addition of E15 was important he said, due to the September 2013 change to V-grade gasoline. “Most people think gas is gas,” Stauffer said. “But the gas you buy today, is not the gas you bought last summer.” Each year, the RFS requires that more and more corn ethanol be mixed with gasoline, according to the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa. In Iowa, the new base gasoline stock is classified as 84 octane. It will provide a base to allow more ethanol to be mixed with gasoline. Because Iowa requires a minimum of 87 octane gasoline be sold, consumers get 87 octane as a mixture of 10 percent ethanol with 84 octane gas, or can get an 89 octane as a mixture of premium 91 octane and 84 octane gasoline, without ethanol. Stauffer said almost instantly customers, who used the higher octane gas, either saw a drop in their gas mileage with 87 octane, or
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JASON STAUFFER, manager of refined fuel managing for STAR Energy, explains how the ethanol blender pump works at 2 North 27th St., in Fort Dodge. The button with 87 octane is blended with E10. The 89 octane button is blended with E15, both were selling on Jan. 17 for $2.99 per gallon. Clients could also dial up blends of E20, for $2.94; E30, for $2.85; and E85, for $2.74 per gallon that day. Stauffer said the E15 blend, a conventional fuel and safe for passenger cars 2001 and newer, will give motorists the gas mileage they enjoyed before V-grade gas was pipelined to Iowa in September 2013. a 30-cent hike in the price if using the 89 octane. The higher price is due to the higher cost of mixing 83 octane with premium, 91 octane, gas. “The option to V-grade gas,” Stauffer said, “is E15. E15, which is blended with 87 octane gas to get 89 octane.” He said that’s the message he’s been telling to customers with passenger vehicles rated to handle the
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higher ethanol blend. “Now if you go and ask anyone who is pumping E15,” Stauffer said, “95 percent say they are happy
with it because they have effect on fuel economy. their gas mileage back.” Studies by Oak Ridge According to the Iowa National Laboratory and the Renewable Fuels Association, E15 has a negligible See E15, Page 5D
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