MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Minnoco gas station in south Minneapolis was a busy place on Tuesday, as workers changed the signs and the pumps.
Though they've been seeing E15 fuel for a couple of weeks, they were just a day away from the official roll out.
"All E15 is, is a little bit more ethanol. You've got about 5 percentage points more ethanol," Mike O'Brien said.
O' Brien represents dozens of ethanol producers and spends a fair amount of time educating gas station owners across the country about the fuel's benefits.
"For E15, you need a 2001 or newer vehicle," O'Brien explained.
O'Brien says that's the only requirement. He says 25 stations in the U.S. offer E15 right now.
"When we surveyed them this spring, within 6 months, E15 became 30 percent of their sales," he explained.
Corn growers in Minnesota are also excited to see the Minnoco station come on line.
"It's a big symbolic step. Certainly its 5 percent more of the stuff that we can make right here in Minnesota, a state that doesn't have any fossil fuels of its own," said Tim Gerlach, Executive Director of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
He was referring to the added 5 percent ethanol when compared to the conventional 10 percent ethanol-based fuels found at standard pumps.
O'Brien says more and more stations will make the E15 jump in the coming months. He said gas station owners, corn growers and consumers could benefit.
"In the case of Rick's location here (the Minnoco station), it's about 15 cents per gallon cheaper and it has more octane so the engine actually thrives on octane, so it's a little bit better for the performance of your car," he noted, before adding the fuel is used on the NASCAR circuit.
Meanwhile, makers of outdoor power equipment, like lawnmowers, leaf blowers, generators and chainsaws warn E15 is very harmful to those types of equipment.
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