Louisiana

POPULATION (2015): 4,670,724

REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 3,739,623

ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 2.2 Billion GPY

TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 2,462

Maximum E85 use:480 Million GPY
FFVs in use:400,409
E85 stations:8
Flex Station implied demand:+413
Maximum E15 use:1.8 Billion GPY
EPA approved E15 vehicles: 2,991,698
E15 Station implied demand:+1,970

Fuel specifications

Gasoline:

Conventional

Reid Vapor Pressure:

These parishes or counties require that 7.8 psi RVP gasoline should be sold from June 1-September 15 at the retail level: Ascension, Beauregard, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. Mary and West Baton Rouge. Those counties require 9.0 RVP gasoline in May during the transition. All other counties require 9.0 psi RVP to be sold at the retail level from May 1-September 15.

Contact information for key state regulatory agencies

Department of Weights and Measures, 225-925-3780

State Laws & Incentives

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
The state offers an income tax credit of 30% of the cost of converting a vehicle to operate on an alternative fuel, the incremental cost of purchasing an original equipment manufacturer AFV, and the cost of alternative fueling equipment. Alternatively, a taxpayer may take a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the motor vehicle, up to $2,500. Restrictions may apply. (Reference Senate Bill 172 and 243, 2017, Louisiana Administrative Code Title 61, Section 1913, and Louisiana Revised Statutes 47:6035)

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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Louisiana
AVG STATION (76,000 GPM)
Average Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex: 14,000 $2,300
New Customers/Mo:+1,561 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$4,600
RINs not applied to reduce price:$680
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $7,580
Top Performing Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex:33,300$5,500
New Customers/Mo:+3,701 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$10,800
RINs not applied to reduce price:$18,200
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $34,500

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