Tag: E15

With support from corn farmers, E15 gaining popularity in Minnesota

The support of Minnesota’s corn farmers is fueling a rise in popularity of E15, which is a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline approved for use in vehicles model year 2001 or newer.

In January and February of 2015 (that’s all we have data for so far), nearly 300,000 gallons of E15 were sold in Minnesota by retailers who received funding support from a broad coalition that included the Minnesota Corn Growers Association to install flex-fuel pump infrastructure.

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Video: Highlighting the benefits of E15 in Minnesota

Lynn Ketelsen of the Linder Farm Network recently visited the Minnoco station in Shakopee and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) office to learn more about the rapidly increasing popularity of E15 in Minnesota.

E15 is a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. MCGA was part of a broad coalition that helped bring E15 to Minnesota in the fall of 2013. Today, 18 stations in Minnesota dispense E15.

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Commodity Classic lives up to its billing as “America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.”

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Almost 8,000 farmers attended Commodity Classic on February 26-28 in Phoenix, organized by the National Corn Growers Association, as well as national soybean, wheat and sorghum associations. US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed attendees at this not-to-be-missed event on the American farmer’s calendar. He spoke about upcoming trade agreements with Asia and Pacific Rim countries, and also announced a one-time extension for farmers to update base acres and yield data.

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3 more E15 stations now open in Minnesota

Before 2014 came to a close, three more Minnesota fuel stations began dispensing E15.

Drivers can now find E15 — a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — at the following stations:

  • Minnoco in Plymouth, 9950 County Road 9
  • Bobby & Steve’s Auto World in Columbia Heights, 3701 Central Ave. NE
  • Cenex in Brooks (Red Lake County in Northwest Minnesota), 106 U.S.

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Where can I find E15 in Minnesota?

Two more Minnesota fuel retailers, one in Starbuck and one off Marshall Ave. in St. Paul, recently began dispensing E15 and other higher ethanol blends. E15 is a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. It’s approved for use in all vehicles made in 2001 or after.

In the fall of 2013, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association was part of a broad coalition that brought E15 to Minnesota.

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Minnesota Corn farmers proud of ethanol investments

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has a long-standing tradition of supporting our state’s pioneering ethanol industry. That support continues today and is highlighted in a new 6-page publication that focuses on ethanol and co-product projects backed by Minnesota’s corn farmers.

Since 2008, Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested $18 million to build ethanol infrastructure, support groundbreaking biofuels research, and develop and improve co-products from the biofuels-making process.

“From the very beginning,

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Holiday Station owner in Plymouth brings customers more choices at the pump

Liz Nalezny senses a trend approaching and she wants her Holiday Station store in Plymouth, Minn., to be at the forefront.

With support from a public-private coalition of groups that includes the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Nalezny recently installed flex fuel pumps that dispense E15, E30 and E85 in addition to regular unleaded gasoline.

Her customers now have more choices when they pull in to fill up.

“Not a lot of people are doing this right now,”

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Want a chance to win $100? Enter the MN Bio-Fuels Association's E15 contest

Want to win a $100 fuel gift card? All you have to do is take a picture of yourself filling up with E15 and get your friends to vote for your smiling face.

The contest is being sponsored by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. Complete details and more information can be found on the contest’s Facebook page.

You’ll definitely be smiling after filling up with E15 — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent regular gasoline.

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More Minnesotans are filling up with E85 and other higher ethanol blends

Sales of E85 and other fuels blended with higher amounts of ethanol above the standard 10 percent continue to rise.

According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, 15 percent more E85 — a fuel blend of 15 percent regular gasoline and 85 percent homegrown ethanol — was sold the first seven months of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

So far in 2014, consumers have filled up with 7.2 million gallons of E85 compared to 6.23 million gallons last year.

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Minnoco to add 18 stations offering E15 and other higher ethanol blends

It’s about to get easier to find E15 and other fuels blended with higher amounts of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol in the Twin Cities.

Minnoco has announced that 18 locations plan to switch to the Minnoco brand and offer consumers more choices the pump beyond regular gasoline.

Last fall, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association was part of a coalition that helped bring E15

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