POPULATION (2015): 1,329,328
REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 1,139,175
ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 780 Million GPY
TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 809
The EPA has approved a state proposal that requires the sale of a year-round RFG in these counties: Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and York.
The counties that aren’t in the RFG program have a 9.0 psi RVP requirement to be sold at the retail level for May 1-September 15. During that time span, those counties do not have the 1.0 psi
Contact information for key state regulatory agencies
Department of Weights and Measures, 207-287-3841
State Laws & Incentives
Alternative Fuel Tax Rates Blended fuels that contain at least 10% gasoline or diesel are taxed at the full tax rates of gasoline ($0.30 per gallon) or diesel ($0.312 per gallon). The alternative tax rate for E85 fuel is $0.30 per gallon.
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
Ethanol plant direct E85/ethanol sales
Click here for a complete list of domestic ethanol producers and sales contacts for E85/direct ethanol sales
AVG STATION (80,000 GPM)