Tag: E85

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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Corn Update and Corn Matters: Surging E85 Sales and Farmfest Preview

This week’s Corn Matters interview on the Red River Farm Network covers the rising sales of E85 in Minnesota this summer with Bob Moffitt from the American Lung Association of Minnesota’s Clean Air Choice Team.

On Corn Update on the Linder Farm Network, Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Tom Haag previews what MCGA will have at this year’s Farmfest, set for Aug.

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High Gas Prices Driving More Minnesotans to Choose E85 This Summer

As Minnesotans deal with another summer of high gas prices, E85 has become more and more popular.

According to Bob Moffitt from the American Lung Association of Minnesota’s Clean Air Choice team, E85 sales were up 28 percent in Minnesota during June of this year compared to June of 2012.

One reason for the increased interest in E85 – a fuel blend of up to 85 percent ethanol and gasoline – is price.

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Ethanol Powers Minnesota Stock Car Driver to Jam the Stands Victory in Alexandria

Justin Vogel needed to pass 15 other cars in order to win the street stock feature race at Viking Speedway in Alexandria on Saturday, July 27. One by one, Vogel and his ethanol-powered yellow No. 10 Brooten Auto car roared past the other drivers and cruised into victory lane.

It was Vogel’s fourth win of the season. This victory came on Jam the Stands night with several Minnesota corn farmers at the track promoting clean,

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