Kentucky

POPULATION (2015): 4,425,092

REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 4,027,934

ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 2.1 Billion GPY

TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 2,137

Maximum E85 use:300 Million GPY
FFVs in use:329,072
E85 stations:66
Flex Station implied demand:+167
Maximum E15 use:1.7 Billion GPY
EPA approved E15 vehicles:3,222,347
E15 Station implied demand:+1,710

Fuel specifications

Gasoline:

Northern-grade RFG is used in the following counties: Boone, Bullitt (in certain areas), Campbell, Jefferson, Kenton and Oldham (in certain areas).  

Reid Vapor Pressure:

In non-RFG counties, 9.0 psi RVP gasoline is required to be sold at the retail level from June 1-September 15.

Contact information for key state regulatory agencies

Department of Agriculture (Weights and Measures), 502-573-0282

State Laws & Incentives

Alternative Fuel Tax
An excise tax rate of 9% of the average wholesale price on a per gallon basis applies to all gasoline and special fuels (including ethanol) used to propel motor vehicles. Additionally, a highway motor fuel tax of $0.05 per gallon applies to gasoline, and $0.02 per gallon applies to all special fuels.

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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Kentucky
AVG STATION (82,100 GPM)
Average Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex: 15,200 $2,500
New Customers/Mo:+1,685 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$4,900
RINs not applied to reduce price:$730
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $8,130
Top Performing Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex:36,000$6,000
New Customers/Mo:+3,997 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$11,700
RINs not applied to reduce price:$2,100
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $19,800

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