State agencies increase E85 use

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.

“Nearly one of every five gallons of fuel that state agencies buy from retailers today is E85,” Administration Commissioner Sheila Reger said. “That’s a remarkable increase from just five years ago that is helping state government reduce its dependence on petroleum fuels.”

State workers drive about 2,500 cars, pickup trucks and vans that can use E85.

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