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Published on May 29th, 2009 | by Joanna Schroeder

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2,000th E85 Station Opens in Florida

For consumers who support E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) and drive a flex-fuel vehicle, E85 became a little easier to find today when the 2,000th E85 pump opened today in Davie, Florida a suburb of Miami. The station is owned by U-Gas, which has brought most of the E85 infrastructure to Florida. As part of the celebration, the station offered E85 for $1.00 a gallon at not only this station, but all stations where U-Gas sells E85.

Willie Urbieta, President of U-Gas is a huge supporter of ethanol and said during the press conference, “For me personally, it feels really good when I fuel up to know that I’m not sending money to countries that are not that friendly to us.”

Florida is committed to growing its biofuels industry through its “Farm to Fuel” initiative. This plan is designed to turn Florida-grown crops, agricultural waste and residues and other biomass into renewable fuels.

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson hailed today as a “milestone, saying, “As ethanol and other renewable fuels become more widespread, the demand for the biofuels produced on our farms and ranches will only increase. It will reduce our dependency on foreign oil and give agricultural producers in Florida alternative crops to keep their farming operations viable.”

This station has also opened on the cusp of President Obama’s letter to the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition applauding their efforts and his commitment, on behalf of America, to reduce our dependence on foreign oil in part with biofuels development from non-corn feedstocks. It is rumored that significant dollars will be dedicated to ethanol infrastructure development within the next few months and that the funds will be administered through the Department of Energy (DOE).

The station opening was successful with the collaboration of several organizations including the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Protec Fuel Management, Urbieta Oil, U-Gas, General Motors, and Enterprise. RFA’s Director of Market Development, Robert White was on hand for the event and noted that ethanol is no longer a “corn belt” fuel. “Celebrating the 2,000th E85 station in the U.S. in the Miami metro area clearly shows that E85 is not a Midwest only product.  It is able to be transported and sold anywhere in the country.”



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Joanna is a writer and consultant specializing in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture issues.



  • http://www.cleanairchoice.org Robert Moffitt

    Congrats to all involved in the Florida event. Great to see success is spreading beyound the Midwest. It takes a lot of people with all eyes focused on the prize to build an alternative fuel infrastructure, but it is possible.

    Today, approximately 15% of the fuel stations in Minnesota offer E85 as well as gasoline. As gasoline prices rise and the summer drining season begins, we are seeing increases in E85 sales across the state.

  • http://www.cleanairchoice.org Robert Moffitt

    Congrats to all involved in the Florida event. Great to see success is spreading beyound the Midwest. It takes a lot of people with all eyes focused on the prize to build an alternative fuel infrastructure, but it is possible.

    Today, approximately 15% of the fuel stations in Minnesota offer E85 as well as gasoline. As gasoline prices rise and the summer drining season begins, we are seeing increases in E85 sales across the state.

  • Martin K

    Those countries would be friendlier if we sent them more money and less bombs.

  • Martin K

    Those countries would be friendlier if we sent them more money and less bombs.

  • http://gre21.com Harold Brooks

    We have been testing Sweet Sorghum for 3 years as a crop for biofuels so the more good things with ethanol the better we all are, thanks

  • http://gre21.com Harold Brooks

    We have been testing Sweet Sorghum for 3 years as a crop for biofuels so the more good things with ethanol the better we all are, thanks

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  • DANIEL D MARTIN

    U-GAS STATIONS THAT SEL E-85 SHOULD KEEP IN MIND ETHANOL HAS ONLY 685 OF GASOLINE POWER ,SO TO MAKE IT ECONOMICAL FOR THE DRIVERS TE PRICE SHOULD BE ABOUT 70% THAT OF GASOLINE(NOT 40C LES THAN GAS)

    I THINK A REASONABLE PRICE LIKE THAT WILL BRING THE BARGAIN SEEKER CROWD TO ETHANOL AND SALES WILL JUMP

  • DANIEL D MARTIN

    U-GAS STATIONS THAT SEL E-85 SHOULD KEEP IN MIND ETHANOL HAS ONLY 685 OF GASOLINE POWER ,SO TO MAKE IT ECONOMICAL FOR THE DRIVERS TE PRICE SHOULD BE ABOUT 70% THAT OF GASOLINE(NOT 40C LES THAN GAS)

    I THINK A REASONABLE PRICE LIKE THAT WILL BRING THE BARGAIN SEEKER CROWD TO ETHANOL AND SALES WILL JUMP

  • http://Web Melvin Harrell

    Glad to see more E stations in Florida,2000 stations in Fl. That is great.
    Here is my problem I live in St Pete Beach The nearest E station to me is at A place called Fleetwing@$2.659 Lakeland 60 miles 120 round trip about 5 gal. trip.Hardly worth the effort to burn clean Gas .If you factor in how much it cost me to go get the E85 on a 16 gal tank then it cost me $3.489 .
    I would like to use E85 but why are there 2000 stations in Fl. and NONE in the Tampa bay aera and I do mean St Pete too?
    I just noticed how long ago all these comments were posted ,I guess I am wasteing my time posting this.
    But if anyone knows of an E85 station near St Pete or St Pete beach please let me know on (Facebook ,bennett harrell)

  • http://Web Hoss

    Thats good to open E-85 Stations.

    However; I have seen $.40 per gallon swing in pricing from one E-85 station to another ! And if it’s only $.10 les then Regular unleaded at some staions, why bother to get CHEATED !!

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