Minnesota state agencies continue to increase their use of E85, a fuel that is 85 percent corn-based ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
In the first nine months of the year, agencies bought 725,000 gallons of E85, compared to 73,000 gallons in the same period in 2005.
â€œNearly one of every five gallons of fuel that state agencies buy from retailers today is E85,â€ Administration Commissioner Sheila Reger said. â€œThatâ€™s a remarkable increase from just five years ago that is helping state government reduce its dependence on petroleum fuels.â€
State workers drive about 2,500 cars, pickup trucks and vans that can use E85.