POPULATION (2015): 12,859,995
REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 10,011,322
ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 14.6 Billion GPY
TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 3,854
Northern-grade RFG is required in Chicago area counties including Cook, Du Page, Grundy (Aux Sable and Goose Lake Townships only), Kane, Kendall (Oswego Township only), Lake, McHenry, and Will, and East St. Louis area counties of Jersey, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair. Conventional gasoline is sold in remaining counties in the state.
Counties not in RFG program areas require 9.0 psi RVP gasoline June 1-September 15. Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties use 7.2 psi RVP gasoline from June 1-September 15. These three counties plus Jersey County opted into the RFG program in 2007. Illinois’ most recent State Implementation Plan removed the 7.2 psi RVP requirement from those areas, but EPA has not approved the SIP as of the date of this publication.
Contact information for key state regulatory agencies
Department of Agriculture (Weights and Measures), 217-524-6858
E85 Fueling Infrastructure Grants
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Renewable Fuels Development Program and Illinois Corn Marketing Board offer grants to fund new E85 fueling infrastructure. The American Lung Association of Illinois-Iowa administers grants of up to $15,000 for a blender pump installation, $10,000 for a new E85 dispenser installation, and $7,500 to convert existing stations to dispense E85. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 per facility or $75,000 for four or more facilities. For more information see the Illinois E85 Infrastructure Development Program website.
Ethanol Tax Exemption
Sales and use taxes apply to 80% of the proceeds from the sale of fuels containing 10% ethanol (E10) made between July 1, 2003, and December 31, 2018. If at any time these taxes are imposed at a rate of 1.25%, the tax on E10 will apply to 100% of the proceeds of sales. State sales and use taxes do not apply to fuels containing between 70% and 90% ethanol (E70-E90) sold between July 1, 2003, and December 31, 2018. Taxes will apply to 100% of the proceeds from ethanol fuel blend sales made after December 31, 2018. (Reference 35 Illinois Compiled Statutes 120/2-10, 105/3-10, and 105/3-44)
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
Current ACE members that offer E85/direct ethanol sales in this state include:
Adkins Energy, LLC (Lena)
Eric Lockart, Phone: 815-494-7990
Lincolnland Agri-Energy (Palestine)
Eric Mosbey, Phone: 618-586-2321
Click here for a complete list of domestic ethanol producers and sales contacts for E85/direct ethanol sales
AVG STATION (100,000 GPM)