Illinois is making $500,000 in funding available to establish new E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) facilities at retail gasoline outlets in the state.
My administration is committed to working to reduce gas prices by supporting ethanol as a practical alternative. With soaring gas prices, ethanol is a cleaner-burning and cheaper alternative that also creates jobs in Illinois. We will do all that we can to support ethanol, and to support higher ethanol blends such as E85. This is an important step in the right direction.—Illinois Governor Gov. Rod Blagojevich
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) E85 program will provide up to 50% of the total cost for converting an existing facility (maximum grant of $2,000 per site) to E85 operation, or for the construction of a new refueling facility (maximum grant of up to $40,000 per facility). Individuals or companies operating retail gasoline facilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The $500,000 in funding for the new E85 Clean Energy Infrastructure Development Program is through a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to DCEO.
Gov. Blagojevich signed legislation in 2003 that eliminated the state sales tax for E85 fuel, pricing it competitively with unleaded gasoline. E-85 fuel now typically runs 13 to 15 cents per gallon less than regular unleaded gasoline.
Earlier this year, the governor also issued an Executive Order (# 7) requiring state employees to use E85 fuel whenever practical. The State of Illinois operates one of the largest fleets of E85 FFVs (flexible fuel vehicles) in the country.