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Watch for Price Spreads Between E85, Gas

What a surprise--gas prices are on the climb again. They have risen so fast that G8 energy ministers have urged oil producers, as Reuters recently reported, “to keep oil prices stable or risk derailing a fragile global economy recovery.”

A price rally has boosted oil prices to a six-month high of more than $60 per barrel, and Saudi Arabia has forecast prices gradually moving to $75 per barrel.

With this in mind, you could save more than 20 percent when filling up your tank if you are lucky enough to have a flex fuel vehicle (FFV). Check out www.e85prices.com. This Web site shows the best price spreads between gasoline and E85 around the country. In a couple of Wisconsin towns this week, for example, E85 was selling for $1.89 per gallon, 27 percent lower than gasoline at $2.59 per gallon.

The Web site also keeps a running tally of total E85 stations in the U.S., as well as the number of cities selling E85. To date, e85prices.com reports that there are 2,128 total E85 stations and 1,526 cities selling E85.

Miami, Florida has become the latest metro area to add E85 pumps in a significant way. The fuel is now available at 12 locations in the Miami metro area and three more locations on the Florida Turnpike.

Griffin U-Gas, Davies, Fla., has made a special “green lane” for E85 and encourages FFV operators to—I like this—“Fill up, feel good.” If gas prices continue to rise, E85 may encourage more FFV owners to feel even better this summer.

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