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MN leads region in growth of alternative fuels

Pixabay / Special to The Forum

ST. PAUL—Minnesota is once again outpacing the rest of the region in its growth of alternative fuels, according to a new report.

The American Lung Association in Minnesota reported earlier this week that 763 private and public alternative fuel stations are now in the state, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuel Data Center. There are 601 in Wisconsin, 416 in Iowa, 124 in South Dakota and 76 in North Dakota.

Forty E85 ethanol stations opened in Minnesota this year, five more than the year before, bringing the total up to 372—the highest of any state.

But E15 is the fastest growing new fuel here, according to the report, and 182 stations in Minnesota added the fuel to their pumps in 2017.

Minnesota also increased the content of biodiesel in its diesel fuel blends, something it's done for four years in a row and will continue to do in 2018.

The report also estimated there are now 5,515 electric vehicles on Minnesota roads and 286 public charging stations.

For more information about alternative fuels in Minnesota, visit www.cleanairchoice.org.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.

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