New York fuel station offers E85

By Erin Voegele | January 03, 2009
Web exclusive posted Dec. 12, 2008 at 4:24 p.m. CST

The Albany, N.Y., area celebrated the opening of the region's 10th E85 station Dec. 11. A Latham, N.Y.-based Exxon Mobil Corp. station is the site of the new pump.

Public officials, station owner Christian King, and representatives from General Motors Co., along with various flexible-fuel vehicles, were on hand for the grand opening events.

The pump instillation was made possible through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's New York State Biofuel Station Initiative. Tom Lynch, NYSERDA's director of external affairs, said the program is designed to accelerate the installation of retail E85 and biodiesel service stations throughout New York. "The goal of the program is to create an expanded network of stations for the public and private vehicles that are capable of being operated on these renewable fuels," he said.

The program reimburses station owners 50 percent, or up to $50,000, of the cost of E85 or biodiesel dispensing equipment. To date, Lynch said approximately 30 New York fuel stations have installed E85 dispensers under the program.

Similarly, NYSERDA's Biofuel Distributor Program provides incentives to petroleum terminal operators and distributors to properly store and distribute biofuels. The program provides 50 percent reimbursement, up to $150,000, for storage, blending, handling and rack dispensing equipment for both E85 and blended biodiesel. To date, 15 terminal operators have installed biofuel capability under the program.