03-16-2010, 05:59 PM
One of my sources for ethanol free gas just switched to E10. He said that they started charging 15 cent/gal more for E0 than for E10. That the general public is ignorant of the mileage benefit of E0 and so won't pay the increased price for it. So he had to switch to E10 to keep his gas business price competitive with his competition. It looks like they are going to try to price E0 out of existence. Hopefully my other E0 sources won't follow suit.
___That is really sad to hear that your stations distributor … or somebody else up the chain is forcing the price hike.
___This is probably why?
RBOB gasoline for April delivery - $2.28 per gallon
E100 Ethanol for April delivery - $1.56 per gallon
___Even with rail or OTR delivery and after blending at the refinery, E10 it is probably less expensive.
03-17-2010, 07:35 AM
Given the cost of pure ethanol and its lower energy content, E10 should be cheaper than gasoline. It would be a total ripoff if they did charge as much for E10 as they do for pure gas.
When Oregon started mandating E10, and Washington hadn't yet, I noticed that suddenly our gas was a bit cheaper than WA's -- despite the fact that all our gas comes from WA refineries by boat or pipeline, and we usually have slightly higher gas prices as a result. I'd still rather have paid the slightly higher WA price for pure gas, of course! :D
Too bad more people don't realize the mileage hit they're getting with E10, or maybe they'd be willing to pay for it.
03-17-2010, 08:15 AM
The handful of stations around here that still have E0 charge about 5 cents more, and I gladly pay that.