Indiana

POPULATION (2015): 6,619,680

REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 5,780,865

ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 3 Billion GPY

TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 2,597

Maximum E85 use:470 Million GPY
FFVs in use:720,043
E85 stations:202
Flex Station implied demand:+121
Maximum E15 use:2.4 Billion GPY
EPA approved E15 vehicles:4,624,692
E15 Station implied demand:+2,078

Fuel specifications

Gasoline:

Lake and Porter counties require Northern-grade RFG.

Reid Vapor Pressure:

7.8 psi gasoline is required in Clark and Floyd counties from May 1-September 15. Other counties in the state, except for Lake and Porter, sell 9.0 psi RVP gasoline on a retail level from May 1-September 15.

Contact information for key state regulatory agencies

Department of Health (Division of Weights, Measures, and Metrology), 317-356-7078 ext. 224

State incentives

E85 Fuel Use Incentive
A political subdivision that purchases E85 for use in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) may be entitled to a monthly incentive payment of $33.33 for each FFV owned fewer than five years. They are eligible if 75% of motor vehicle fuel purchases were E85 in the previous month. This incentive expires January 1, 2019. (Indiana Code 6-6-1.1-103, 8-14-2-8, and 36-1-2-13)

E85 Promotion and Education
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture must work with automobile manufacturers to improve awareness and labeling of E85 and must coordinate with the appropriate companies to include E85 fueling stations in updates of global positioning navigation software. (Indiana Code 15-11-2-4)

E85 Retail Sales Reporting
A retailer who dispenses E85 must report to the Indiana Department of State Revenue the total number of gallons of E85 sold from a metered pump. (Indiana Code 6-2.5-6 and 6-2.5-7-5)

Immunity for Misuse of E85
E85 sellers, suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and refiners are immune from civil liability for personal injury or property damage resulting from a person fueling any vehicle with E85 that is not a flexible fuel vehicle. This includes any vehicle equipped to operate when fueled entirely with E85. This immunity does not apply if an E85 seller, supplier, distributor, manufacturer, or refiner does not display all E85 warning signs that federal or state laws require. (Indiana Code 34-30-24)

Biofuels Blend Use Requirement
Whenever possible, governmental entities and state educational institutions must fuel gasoline vehicles with mid-level ethanol blends between 20% and 73%, and flexible fuel vehicles with E85. This requirement does not apply if such blends are prohibited under federal regulations or have not been approved by the vehicle manufacturer. Additional exemptions apply. (Indiana Code 5-22-5-8, 6-3.1-27-2, and 21-31-9-3)

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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Indiana
AVG STATION (97,500 GPM)
Average Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex: 18,000 $3,000
New Customers/Mo:+2,000 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$5,800
RINs not applied to reduce price:$870
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $9,670
Top Performing Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex:42,700$7,100
New Customers/Mo:+4,744 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$13,900
RINs not applied to reduce price:$2,400
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $23,400

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