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West Virginia

POPULATION (2015): 1,844,128

REGISTERED CARS & LIGHT TRUCKS: 1,492,487

ANNUAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2014): 815 Million GPY

TOTAL RETAIL STATIONS: 1,014

Maximum E85 use:131 Million GPY
FFVs in use:191,711
E85 stations:11
Flex Station implied demand:+119
Maximum E15 use:652 Million GPY
EPA approved E15 vehicles:1,193,989
E15 Station implied demand:+811

Fuel specifications

Gasoline:

Conventional

Reid Vapor Pressure:

Retailers across the state sell 9.0 psi RVP gasoline from June 1-September 15.

Contact information for key state regulatory agencies

Office of Weights and Measures, 304-722-0602

State incentives

Provision for Establishment of Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition Requirements
The West Virginia Department of Administration may require that up to 75% of a state agency’s fleet consist of AFVs (includes ethanol flex fuel). To meet these requirements, agencies may purchase or lease AFVs or convert existing vehicles to operate using alternative fuels. The Department may waive this requirement if an agency’s vehicles are operating in an area where the agency cannot reasonably establish a central alternative fueling station or the lifetime cost of the vehicle or fueling infrastructure is significantly higher as compared to conventional vehicles or fuels. This requirement does not apply to law enforcement, emergency, public transit authority, state rail authority, non-road vehicles, or school buses. (West Virginia Code 5A-2A-1 and 5A-2A-2)

Alternative Fuel Use Requirement
West Virginia higher education governing boards must use alternative fuels to the maximum extent feasible. (West Virginia Code 18B-5-9)

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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West Virginia
AVG STATION (67,000 GPM)
Average Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex: 12,400 $2,100
New Customers/Mo:+1,374 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$4,000
RINs not applied to reduce price:$600
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $6,700
Top Performing Retailer:
New gallons/$$/Mo E15 & Flex:29,300$4,900
New Customers/Mo:+3,259 
Additional Merch. Margin from above:$9,500
RINs not applied to reduce price:$1,700
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TOTAL NEW PROFIT/MO  $16,100

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