Florida

POPULATION (2015): 20,271,272

REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 14,886,713

ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 8.4 Billion GPY

TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 6,352

Maximum E85 use:947 Million GPY
FFVs in use:1,136,565
E85 stations:75
Flex Station implied demand:+495
Maximum E15 use:6.7 Billion GPY
EPA approved E15 vehicles:11,909,370
E15 Station implied demand:+5,082

Fuel specifications

Gasoline:

Conventional

Reid Vapor Pressure:

Entire state requires 9.0 psi RVP from May 1-September 15 on a retail level. Selected counties including Broward, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Palm Beach and Pinellas are required to use low-RVP gasoline in the summer months.

Contact information for key state regulatory agencies

Consumer Services, 850-410-3800

State Laws & Incentives

Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Acquisition and Alternative Fuel Use Requirements
When procuring new vehicles under a state purchasing plan, all Florida state agency, state university, community college, and local government fleets must select the vehicles with the greatest fuel efficiency available for a given use class, when fuel economy data is available. Exceptions may be made for emergency responder vehicles if these entities provide documentation. In addition, all state agencies must use ethanol and biodiesel blended fuels when available. State agencies administering central fueling operations for state-owned vehicles must purchase ethanol and biodiesel fuels to use in their vehicle fleet as much as possible. (Reference Florida Statutes 286.29)

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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Florida
AVG STATION (110,000 GPM)
Average Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex: 20,300 $3,400
New Customers/Mo:+2,256 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$6,600
RINs not applied to reduce price:$980
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $10,980
Top Performing Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex:48,200$8,000
New Customers/Mo:+5,351 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$15,600
RINs not applied to reduce price:$2,800
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $26,400

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