Kwik Trip earns high marks for fuel alternatives
“We all know the impact ethanol has had on our economy in the state, contributing more than $1 billion to Wisconsin’s economy on an annual basis,” said Joshua Morby executive director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance. “The problem is getting access to higher level blends like E15 and E85.
“We applaud Kwik Trip for their willingness to provide choices for consumers at the pump. This report card is an indication of their support for cleaner burning renewable fuels produced here in Wisconsin.”
The Consumer Choice Report Card released by the Renewable Fuels Association grades some of the largest, most well-known retail gasoline chains based on providing consumers with alternatives to regular gasoline.
The big five oil companies — Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell — all scored at F with fewer than one percent of their stations offering American-made, renewable alternatives like E85 or E15.
More than 95 percent of fuels in the U.S. contain a low level of ethanol, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The sign in front of the new Kwik Trip under construction at North 28th Street on Tower Avenue includes a pricing option for E85, an ethanol fuel blend of 85 percent denatured ethanol fuel and 15 percent gasoline or other hydrocarbon by volume. E85 actually contains 51 percent to 83 percent ethanol depending on the region and season, and can reduce mileage by 15 percent to 25 percent from regular gas, which contains about 10 percent ethanol, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The energy department notes ethanol doesn’t pack the same energy punch as standard gasoline.
The energy department prohibits use of E15 in vehicles built before model year 2001, motorcycles, heavy duty engines such as school buses and delivery trucks, off-road vehicles such as boats and snowmobiles, and equipment such as lawn mowers and chainsaws. E15 contains 10.5 percent to 15 percent ethanol.
The Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance is a group of businesses, environmental groups and statewide and local organizations that have come together to build public and legislative awareness of the bio-industry in Wisconsin.
For more information about the Alliance, visit www.wisconsinbioindustry.com.