Montana

POPULATION (2015): 1,032,949

REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 1,397,442

ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 510 Billion GPY

TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 514

Maximum E85 use:69 Million GPY
FFVs in use:151,002
E85 stations:3
Flex Station implied demand:+53
Maximum E15 use:410 Million GPY
EPA approved E15 vehicles:1,117,953
E15 Station implied demand:+411

Fuel specifications

Gasoline:

Conventional

Reid Vapor Pressure:

The state requires 9.0 psi RVP gasoline statewide from June 1-September 15.

Contact information for key state regulatory agencies

Department of Weights and Measures, 406-443-3289

State incentives

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversion Tax Credit
Businesses and individuals are eligible for an income tax credit of up to 50% of the equipment and labor costs for converting vehicles to operate on alternative fuels. Qualified alternative fuels are compressed and liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), hydrogen, electricity, and fuels containing at least 85% ethanol, methanol, ether, or another alcohol. The maximum credit is $500 for the conversion of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 lbs. or less and $1,000 for vehicles with a GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs. The credit is only available for the year the business or individual converts the vehicle. An alternative fuel seller may not receive a credit for converting its own vehicles to operate on the alternative fuel it sells. (Montana Code Annotated 15-30-2320)

Ethanol Fuel Blend Use Requirement
State government agencies and universities owning or operating motor vehicles capable of using ethanol-blended gasoline must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the operators of those vehicles fuel with ethanol-blended gasoline if it is commercially available within the vehicle’s operating area and competitively priced as compared to conventional gasoline. (Montana Code Annotated 2-17-414)

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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Montana
AVG STATION (83,400 GPM)
Average Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex: 15,400 $2,600
New Customers/Mo:+1,711 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$5,000
RINs not applied to reduce price:$740
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $8,340
Top Performing Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex:36,500$6,100
New Customers/Mo:+4,058 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$11,800
RINs not applied to reduce price:$2,100
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $20,000

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