Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined members of the state's agriculture and ethanol industries in announcing that E15 blended gasoline is now available in four of North Dakota's larger cities. North Dakota is the ninth state to offer the fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline.
"Ethanol creates North Dakota jobs," Dalrymple said. "It's good for the environment, it's good for our farmers and it's good for the country.
"North Dakota has increased its production of renewable energy by 225 percent in just the last five years, and our ethanol industry is a major part of that success," Dalrymple said. "Through the North Dakota EmPower Commission and our comprehensive energy policy, we will continue to support the development of ethanol and all of our energy resources.
Motorists in North Dakota now have another option at the fuel pump. E15 is available at six Petro Serve USA locations in Bismarck, Mandan, West Fargo and Fargo. The high-performance fuel is approved by the EPA for all cars and light-duty vehicles with a model year of 2001 or newer, as well as flex-fuel vehicles.
Dalrymple and other ethanol backers announced the availability of E15 at the Petro Serve USA's Bismarck fueling and retail store on Divide Avenue. Those joining Dalrymple for the E15 kickoff included Jeff Zueger, chairman of the North Dakota Ethanol Council; Tom Lilja, executive director of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association and Kent Satrang, chief executive of Petro Serve USA. During the event, Dalrymple encouraged other commercial fuel providers throughout North Dakota to make room at their pump stations for E15.
The ethanol industry contributes more than $640 million annually to the state's economy and supports more than 10,000 jobs. The state's four ethanol plants directly employ 200 workers including chemists, engineers, accountants, managers and support staff.
Since 2005, North Dakota's ethanol production capacity has increased from about 30 million gallons per year to about 377.5 million gallons. North Dakota promotes the production and use of renewable fuels in several ways, including the Renewable Energy Research Program, the Biofuel Loan program as well as wage and salary tax credits related to the increased production capacity of farm-based fuels.