Colorado

POPULATION (2015): 5,464,574

REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 4,620,397

ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 2.2 Billion GPY

TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 1,638

Maximum E85 use:270 Million GPY
FFVs in use:454,421
E85 stations:89
Flex Station implied demand:+72
Maximum E15 use:1.7 Billion GPY
EPA approved E15 vehicles:3,696,317
E15 Station implied demand:+1,310

Fuel specifications

Gasoline:

Conventional

Reid Vapor Pressure:

All areas sell 9.0 psi RVP from May 1-September 15, with the exception of the Denver-Boulder area, which sells 7.8 psi RVP gasoline from June 1-September 15.

Contact information for key state regulatory agencies

Division of Oil and Public Safety, 303-318-8525

State incentives

Ethanol Infrastructure Grants
The Colorado Corn Blender Pump Program provides funding assistance for each qualified station dispensing mid-level ethanol blends. Projects must meet the application requirements and receive approval from Colorado Corn and the Colorado Department of Oil and Public Safety.
Point of Contact
Katrina Davis
Ethanol Project Manager
Colorado Corn
Phone: 970-351-8201
kdavis@coloradocorn.com
http://www.coloradocorn.com/core-directives/market-development

Federal incentives

Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit
(Originally expired 12/31/13 - retroactively extended through 12/31/16, by H.R. 2029) Fueling equipment for E85 installed between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2016, is eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost, not to exceed $30,000. Station owners with multiple locations can use the credit towards each site. For more information about claiming the credit, see IRS Form 8911.

Ethanol plant direct E85/ethanol sales

Click here for a complete list of domestic ethanol producers and sales contacts for E85/direct ethanol sales

E15/Flex Fuel Profit Estimate
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Colorado
AVG STATION (110,000 GPM)
Average Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex: 20,500 $3,400
New Customers/Mo:+2,282 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$6,700
RINs not applied to reduce price:$990
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $11,090
Top Performing Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex:49,000$8,100
New Customers/Mo:+5,411 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$15,800
RINs not applied to reduce price:$2,800
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $26,700

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