Tag: E85

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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Klobuchar, Grassley call for investigation of ethanol sales restrictions

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, a democrat from Minnesota, and Chuck Grassley, an Iowa republican, are calling for a federal investigation to determine whether Big Oil companies have engaged in practices that restrict the sales of higher blends of ethanol.

In a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, the senators wrote:

The report from the RFA (Renewable Fuels Association) found that unbranded or independent stations are roughly four to six times more likely to offer E85 and 40 times more likely to offer E15 than stations carrying a “Big Five” oil brand.

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Are the biggest retail gasoline chains offering consumers a choice at the pump?

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has graded some of the largest retail gasoline chains on whether they are providing consumers with homegrown and less expensive options like E15 or E85 at the pump.

Unfortunately, the “big five” oil-company owned chains gen a big fat “F” on their report card.

Fewer than 1 percent of Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell stations offer American made renewable fuels. More than 25 percent of independent retailers give consumers the option of filing up with ethanol-blended fuel.

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Video: A day at the Supermileage Challenge

The 26th Supermileage Challenge at Brainerd International Raceway came to an end on Wednesday. It was another successful with over 60 schools bringing more than 120 cars to the competition.

The objective of Supermileage is to design a car that gets the most miles per gallon on one gallon of fuel. The competition is sponsored in part by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and includes an E85 division as well as stock,

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26th Supermileage Challenge kicks off at Brainerd International Raceway

Even though cold temperatures and brisk winds forced people to dress like they were ice fishing, it didn’t stop over 60 schools with more than 120 cars from participating in the first day of the Supermileage Challenge on Tuesday.

For 26 years, teams of high school and middle school students have come together at Brainerd International Raceway to see how far they can go on one gallon of fuel in custom-built cars that sort of look like souped-up go-karts.

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The sights and sounds of the Supermileage Challenge at Eden Prairie High School

The sounds get louder as you approach the room where Leigh Hartert oversees the Supermileage Challenge team at Eden Prairie High School.

Metal tools clanking. Power tools humming. Classmates chattering back and forth.

The smells that fill the air become stronger too. A lovely aroma of paint mixed with motor fuel that anyone who enjoys working on engines and cars can appreciate.

When you walk into the room, the sights match the sounds and smells.

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Minnesota's corn farmers launch Ethanol Cup racing series

Ethanol CupGentleman, start your ethanol-powered engines!

Minnesota’s corn farmers are launching the Ethanol Cup during the upcoming 2014 racing season at Elko Speedway just outside of the Twin Cities and at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, about a half hour south of Rochester.

Drivers who use a minimum of E15 (a high-octane gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol) in their cars will qualify to compete in the Ethanol Cup point fund.

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Drivers in Polk County fill up on ethanol

The cars started lining up even before the discount officially started.

A total of 75 motorists filled their tanks with almost 1,400 gallons of ethanol-blended fuel at the Crookston Fuel and Ampride in Polk County on March 27. Drivers who filled up with E85 received 85 cents off per gallon. Those who filled up with E20, E30 or E50 got 50 cents off per gallon.

When all was said and done,

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Governor Dayton: October is Biofuels Month in Minnesota

What does trick-or-treating, leaves changing colors, the World Series, the start of the NHL season and Biofuels Month have in common? They’re all happening this October.

Governor Mark Dayton has declared October Biofuels Month in Minnesota. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the important role biofuels such as clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol play in building Minnesota’s economy and reducing our impact on the environment and the air we breathe.

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Klobuchar and Grassley Letter asks for Investigation of Big Oil

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter this week asking the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate possible anti-competitive practices by oil companies that may be limiting consumer access to renewable fuels like ethanol.

“By forcing a franchisee to carry premium gasoline as a condition of carrying regular gas, the oil company may be using its economic power over its franchisee to effect a tying arrangement in violation of the Sherman Act,” the two senators wrote in the letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FTC Chairwoman Edit Ramirez .

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