On Monday, the first retailer in Minnesota began offering E15 to motorists. Four dispensers began selling E15, a higher octane fuel blend with 15 percent ethanol, to drivers of vehicles model year 2001 or newer at the Penn Minnoco service station in Minneapolis. The fueling equipment of the new Penn Minnoco service station was made possible, in part, through a public-private partnership between the station owner and a coalition comprised of the American Lung Association in Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Growth Energy, Minnesota Biofuels Association and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association/Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council.
“Today is a great day for Minneapolis area consumers looking for more affordable fuel choices that are better for the economy and the environment. E15 is a proven fuel, a cheaper fuel, a cleaner fuel, and I know that it will be a major success for Penn Minnoco and its customers,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy.
As part of the partnership, four additional retail locations are planned to begin offering E15 within the state by the end of the year. The Penn Minnoco service station is located at 6001 Penn Avenue South in Minneapolis.