Iowa supermarket adds E15 fuel location

By Tim Albrecht | December 26, 2017

Hy-Vee Inc., a chain of supermarkets throughout the Midwest, now offers E15 at five locations across its eight-state region. The Hy-Vee store located at 3120 Agency Street in Burlington, Iowa, is the latest to offer the fuel option.

The addition of E15 adds to Hy-Vee’s eco-friendly gas options, which also includes E85 at 15 different locations. In celebration of the launch, the convenience store in Burlington offered 15 cents off per gallon on Dec. 15.

E15 is a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent petroleum. E15 is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in all cars, trucks, and SUVs from 2001 and newer.

The EPA says the E15 burns cleaner than gasoline and has shown to boost engine performance, increase horsepower and run cleaner through engine valves by removing deposits created by lower-quality gasoline. Since ethanol is a high-octane fuel, E15 carries an octane rating of 88 and the cost-benefit analysis favors E15 with numerous studies showing that ethanol saves consumers at the pump.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with Hy-Vee to draw attention to the availability of E15 at its Burlington location.

“The IRFA salutes Hy-Vee for expanding their fuel options to offer customers E15, which is a healthier fuel choice because it reduces cancer-causing toxic chemicals in gasoline,” said Lucy Norton, IRFA managing director, in a press release. “E15 is the lowest cost fuel available for 2001 and newer vehicles and provides improved engine performance. Hy-Vee customers can now take advantage of all these benefits.”