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Pearson Fuels to install E85 into 19 gasoline stations in California

CTBR Staff Writer Published 15 January 2013

US-based Pearson Fuels has secured a grant of $1.35m from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to expand its retail flex fueling network. The funds will support the installation of E85, a high blend of ethanol and gasoline, into 19 traditional retail gasoline stations across California.

The project is expected to reduce 2,754,218 gallons of gasoline as well as 25,082 tons of greenhouse emissions annually.

CEC has granted the funds through it's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

High blend of ethanol used in E85 continues to be produced primarily from corn across the nation. However, major technological improvements have been made to advance production plants to derive more advanced fuel from agricultural waste products and other non-food sources.

Pearson Fuels general manager Mike Lewis said that there are hundreds of thousands of flexible fuel vehicle owners in California who have been burning imported oil in their vehicles for years while a domestically produced, renewable and cleaner burning fuel is available.

"The problem continues to be a significant shortage of retail stations where the public can buy the fuel, with less than 45 retail E85 Flex Fuel Stations in the entire state. The CEC's funding, matched with our own and that of the retail fuel station owners will go a long way towards addressing that shortage," Lewis added.

The fueling stations will be located in areas where significant numbers of flex fuel vehicles are currently underserved by flex fuel stations. Stations are planned for 19 locations from San Diego to South Lake Tahoe.