State offers grant to help install E85 pumps

The Wisconisn Office of Energy Idependence (OEI) is offering up to $5,000 dollars to gas stations who are willing to install pumps for E85. E85 is a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, which burns cleaner and more cheaply than petroleum-based gasoline.

At a time when gas prices are through the roof, hitting $4 a gallon for regular today at one Menominee Falls station, E85 retails for just $2.90 a gallon. It’s good to see that as ethanol-bashing continues in Washington, our local leaders are willing to defend this home-grown fuel.

Vendors who wish to apply for the grant should contact Maria Redmond of the OEI at maria.redmont@wisconsin.gov. Consumers who wish to take advantage of ethanol’s benefits on their enviornment on their pocketbooks should consider driving E85 flex-fuel vehicles which are equiped with the technology to burn either regular gasoline or E85. A list of flex-fuel vehicles is available at wisconsinethanol.com

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