Massachusetts

POPULATION (2015): 6,794,422

REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 4,855,945

ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 2.7 Billion GPY

TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 2,058

Maximum E85 use:240 Million GPY
FFVs in use:332,090
E85 stations:7
Flex Station implied demand:+140
Maximum E15 use:2.2 Billion GPY
EPA approved E15 vehicles:3,884,756
E15 Station implied demand:+1,646

Fuel specifications

Gasoline:

The state has opted into the RFG program and sells Northern-grade RFG.

Reid Vapor Pressure:

Follows RFG program.

Contact information for key state regulatory agencies

Consumer Affairs and Business Protection, 617-727-3480

State Laws & Incentives

Cellulosic Biofuel Tax Exemption
Fuel consisting of cellulosic biofuel or a blend of gasoline and cellulosic biofuel is eligible for a fuel tax exemption in proportion to the percentage of the fuel content consisting of cellulosic biofuel. For these purposes, eligible cellulosic biofuel includes fuel derived from cellulose, hemicellulose, or lignin derived from renewable biomass that yields at least a 60% reduction in life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions relative to the average life cycle GHG emissions for petroleum-based fuel sold in 2005. This exemption is available through December 31, 2017. (Reference Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 64A, Section 1 and 1A and Massachusetts Department of Revenue TIR 09-4)

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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Massachusetts
AVG STATION (110,000 GPM)
Average Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex: 20,300 $3,400
New Customers/Mo:+2,251 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$6,600
RINs not applied to reduce price:$980
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $10,980
Top Performing Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex:48,000$8,000
New Customers/Mo:+5,337 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$15,600
RINs not applied to reduce price:$2,700
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $26,300

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