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  1. Hi guys, I sent an email to RAA asking why E85 has recently been fixed at $132.9 as we do get less KMs from E85. In short his answer was that retailers can charge whatever they want...typical response. Attached is the email: Thank you for your email regarding E85 prices. You are correct that if E85’s fuel price was based on the energy it contained, it should be 26% less than regular unleaded petrol. However fuel retailers can charge whatever price they want and often include other incurred costs related to the fuel. As you are obviously aware, Caltex has withdrawn its E85 blend due to low turnover and a number of tanks needed to be drained as the E85 had expired, which was a great expense to Caltex. In United Petroleum’s case, we don’t regularly receive E85 fuel prices, but below is a quick list of E85 and ULP prices at various Adelaide locations as of midday today. Unleaded Petrol E85 United Pooraka 132.9 132.9 United Pennington 121.7 132.9 United Seaton 134.7 134.7 United Adelaide Airport 133.9 133.9 For today at least, E85 and regular unleaded are sold at the same price at Pooraka, Seaton and Adelaide Airport. United Pennington has been engaged in a petrol price war over the last week with surrounding retailers and may have made the decision to not drop its E85 price in-line with its unleaded price to protect its margins given their petrol prices are near cost price. Since they are the only retailer in the market offering E85 they feel they can get away with charging whatever price they wish. At this time, we are trying to determine whether United Petroleum will continue to supply E85 in South Australia. I trust you find this information of interest. My regard, Christopher West Senior Policy Analyst What is disturbing is that they are determinig whether E85 will continue to supply to SA!!! My response was that this will create a huge stir for motor enthusiasts and it would also be backwards against the fact it's a cleaner fuel. I also said I'd be happy to pay perhaps marginally more than pay a premium for a 205L drum at least. NOTE: You can contact RAA but check POST #3 first. Keep fighting! E85, it's our right GRRR!!!!
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