(June 10, 2014) — Kentuckians now have greater access to biofuels at retailers along Interstate 75. A six-state partnership features the addition of two Thornton’s locations, an E85 (ethanol) station at 3045 Dixie Hwy, Erlanger, Ky., and an E85/B20 (biodiesel) station at 2291 Elkhorn Rd., Lexington, Ky.
The week of June 9-13, 2014 marks the celebration of this project five years in the making. The multi-state project began in 2009 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal of the project, installation of ethanol/biodiesel refueling capability along I75 from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to Miami, Fla. (1,786-miles) has been achieved. Retail refueling locations can now be found within 200 miles of one another.
Since the project’s inception, over 3.3 million gallons of biofuels have been sold from stations associated with the project, and 2.6 million gallons of petroleum have been displaced. The project has now displaced over 61,000 barrels of oil.
This also equates to:
♦ 25,222 tons of CO2 emissions avoided
♦ Eliminating the annual CO2 emissions from 4,817 U.S. passenger vehicles
♦ The amount of carbon sequestered by 18,946 acres of U.S. forests in one year
♦ Switching 604,604 incandescent lamps to compact fluorescent lamps
♦ The energy used by 2,109 homes for one year.
To date, E85 has been installed at 26 retail stations, and B20 at nine stations. An additional six stations will be added to the corridor by late summer.
American drivers now have a greater number of fueling options, as well as biofuel compatible vehicles. There are nearly 100 flex fuel (ethanol compatible) vehicle models on the market today. There are over 10 million flex fuel vehicles on the road today.
Biodiesel at low blend can be used in any diesel engine. All diesel fuel in Kentucky currently contains up to 5 percent biodiesel. The Corridor Project features a higher blend (B20) available at the pump.