Consumers can now purchase E15 at six Petro Serve USA locations in Bismarck and Fargo, ND. Three of the fuel retailer’s stations in Bismarck-Mandan began offering E15 on Monday and, just this morning consumers could purchase E15 at three Petro Serve USA stations in Fargo-Moorhead.
Petro Serve USA is an energy cooperative, owned in part by farmers who grow corn and soybeans. Area farmers as well as North Dakota ethanol producers are excited that consumers now have more market access to E15, says Kent Satrang, CEO, Petro Serve USA. He says that consumers are also benefitting. This week, for example, they are saving five cents per gallon by purchasing E15 compared to E10 with 87 octane, with just a one percent to two percent reduction in fuel economy, Satrang says. “Sales of E15 this week took off better than I expected,” he added.
Petro Serve USA owns 15 other retail stations (under the Cenex and Tesoro brands). They do not currently recognize E15 as an approved motor fuel, although the EPA has approved E15 for motor vehicles manufactured since 2001. However, these stations do sell E10, E30 and E85 (for flex fuel vehicles), as well as soy diesel blends, Satrang says, adding that Petro Serve USA has the most blender pumps of any fuel retailer in America.
Petro Serve USA’s tagline, “Helping America Fuel Better,” reflects its commitment to both corn and soybean farmers in the eastern part of the state with the oil producers in the western part of North Dakota. It specializes in 100 percent American made fuels and revitalizing the main streets of small towns in North Dakota and Minnesota, Satrang says. He adds, “Choice at the pump puts change in everyone’s pocket.”