Delaware

POPULATION (2015): 945,936

REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 922,771

ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 430 Million GPY

TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 249

Maximum E85 use:47 Million GPY
FFVs in use:66,377
E85 stations:0
Flex Station implied demand:+21
Maximum E15 use:344 Million GPY
EPA approved E15 vehicles:738,216
E15 Station implied demand:+199

Fuel specifications

Gasoline:

Northern-grade RFG is used statewide; it is required in Kent and New Castle counties. Sussex County opted in.

Reid Vapor Pressure:

N/A

Contact information for key state regulatory agencies

Department of Weights and Measures, 302-698-4500

State Laws & Incentives

Alternative Fuel Tax Exemption
Taxes imposed on alternative fuels used in official vehicles for the United States government or any Delaware state government agency, including volunteer fire and rescue companies, are waived. Alternative fuel retailers must obtain a fuel supplier's license from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), and operators or owners of vehicles using alternative fuel must obtain either a special fuel user's license from DelDOT or pay the special fuel tax. (Reference Delaware Code Title 30, Chapter 51, Subchapter II)

Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Acquisition Requirements
All new light-duty vehicles that Delaware state agencies, departments, and offices purchase must be hybrid electric, alternative fuel, fuel-efficient, or low emission vehicles, unless such a purchase compromises health, safety, or law enforcement needs. Additionally, the state must develop procedures for diesel fleet vehicles to use biodiesel fuel blends of the highest practical percent. (Reference Executive Order 18, 2010)

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 Infrastructure Grants and Loan Guarantees
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants and loan guarantees to rural (population less than 50K) small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Eligible renewable energy systems include equipment used to distribute flexible fuels. The maximum grant funding is 25% of project costs and the maximum loan guarantee is $25 million. The program is funded through fiscal year 2018 but is subject to congressional appropriations thereafter. For more information, see the REAP website.

Point of Contact
Office of Rural Development, Business and Cooperative Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Phone: (202) 690-4730
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/

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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Delaware
AVG STATION (144,000 GPM)
Average Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex: 27,000 $4,400
New Customers/Mo:+2,954 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$8,600
RINs not applied to reduce price:$1,300
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $14,300
Top Performing Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex:63,000$10,500
New Customers/Mo:+7,004 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$20,400
RINs not applied to reduce price:$3,600
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $34,500

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