E15 & E30 Available at Minneapolis Penn MinnooPublished by on
ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minneapolis filling station is offering consumers more choices when filling their vehicles. The Penn Minnoco Station at W 60th Street and Penn Avenue South has E15 and E30 on tap. Vehicle owners with 2001 and later models can use the E15 blend, similar to the current E10. The E30 blend offers additional flexibility for anyone driving a flex fuel car.
Penn Minnoco Station owner Rick Bohnen installed the new equipment with the help of a public-private partnership offering grants to encourage ethanol fuels consumption. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) teamed up with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association/Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, Growth Energy, Minnesota Biofuels Association and the American Lung Association in Minnesota to provide incentives to station owners to accelerate the adoption of higher ethanol blends and provide consumers more fuel choices at the pump.
Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson says he’s proud of the partnership’s commitment to bring the new ethanol blends to the market.
“These new cleaner burning fuels not only support the health of the air we breathe, but also the well-being of the hard working Minnesota farmers who grow the renewable crops to produce the ethanol,” said MDA Commissioner Dave Frederickson.
Penn Minnoco is one of many applicants to receive assistance from an available $1 million grant provided by the MDA through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) fund. The Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council also provided funding from its $2 million program to promote ethanol.
Minnesota is home to 21 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of more than a billion gallons of ethanol fuel annually.