The Minnesota Department of Commerce’ year-end report on ethanol-blended fuels again showed building momentum for E15 at the pump.
More than 78 million gallons of ethanol were sold in Minnesota last year, shattering the previous record high of 59.4 million gallons set in 2018. The 2019 total is more than a 300-percent increase from 2017 when a little more than 19 million gallons of E15 were sold at the pump.
Retailers offering E15 also rose in 2019, eclipsing 360 stations statewide. In 2017, less than 260 stations offered E15.
Dating back to 2015, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), along with a coalition of biofuel supporters, invested millions in ethanol infrastructure development, helping fuel the rise in stations offering the cleaner-burning fuel today.
MCGA has also increased efforts to raise awareness of the many benefits of E15, launching a marketing campaign reaching metro area consumers via billboards, digital ads, radio ads and more. MCGA also revamped MNFuels.com, which now features a station locator and information for consumers on ethanol-blended fuels. And last year, county corn organizations across the state hosted more than 30 fuel promotion events where they connected with consumers to discuss the benefits of E15 and E85.
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As momentum builds for E15 at the pump, MCGA recently announced the Better Fuel Initiative to further increase awareness, understanding and usage of biofuels in Minnesota. The initiative will encourage the adoption of state policies, raise awareness and increase infrastructure to build a future of better transportation fuels benefitting all Minnesotans.