South Carolina

POPULATION (2015): 4,896,146

REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 3,885,086

ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 2.7 Billion GPY

TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 2,606

Maximum E85 use:472 Million GPY
FFVs in use:549,002
E85 stations:69
Flex Station implied demand:+299
Maximum E15 use:2.1 Billion GPY
EPA approved E15 vehicles:3,108,069
E15 Station implied demand:+2,085

Fuel specifications

Gasoline:

Conventional

Reid Vapor Pressure:

Retailers in the entire state sell 9.0 psi RVP gasoline from May 1-September 15.

Contact information for key state regulatory agencies

Consumer Services Director, 803-737-9696

State incentives

Biofuels Distribution Infrastructure Tax Credit
A taxpayer that purchases, constructs, or installs, and places into service a qualified commercial facility for distributing or dispensing biofuels is eligible for an income tax credit of up to 25% of the purchase, construction, and installation costs. Eligible property includes pumps, storage tanks, and related equipment used exclusively for distributing, dispensing, and storing biofuels. A qualified facility must clearly label the equipment used to store or dispense the fuel as being associated with the biofuel. The credit must be taken in three equal annual installments beginning with the taxable year in which the facility is placed into service. Qualifying fuels include blends containing at least 70% ethanol (E70) dispensed at the retail level for use in motor vehicles, and pure ethanol or biodiesel fuel dispensed by a distributor or facility that blends these non-petroleum liquids with gasoline or diesel fuel for use in motor vehicles. (South Carolina Code of Laws 12-6-3610)

Biofuel Blending Capability Requirements and Liability
Terminal operators and other entities involved in the bulk transfer of gasoline or diesel, including suppliers and refiners, must offer all grades of petroleum products not already pre-blended with ethanol and biodiesel, and ensure that the motor fuel is suitable for subsequent blending with biofuels. Terminal operators and other bulk suppliers are not liable for fines, penalties, injuries, or damages resulting from subsequent blending of fuel sold at retail locations. Furthermore, no individual or entity can deny a distributor and retailer from blending biofuels for sale in South Carolina, as long as the individual or entity is registered with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. (South Carolina Code of Laws 39-41-235)

State Agency Preference for Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicles
State agencies purchasing motor vehicles must give preference to hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric, biodiesel, hydrogen, fuel cell, or flexible fuel vehicles when the performance, quality, and anticipated life cycle costs are comparable to other available motor vehicles. (South Carolina Code of Laws 1-11-310)

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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South Carolina
AVG STATION (85,400 GPM)
Average Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex: 15,800 $2,600
New Customers/Mo:+1,752 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$5,100
RINs not applied to reduce price:$760
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $8,460
Top Performing Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex:37,400$6,200
New Customers/Mo:+4,155 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$12,100
RINs not applied to reduce price:$2,100
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $20,400

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