In a speech to the meeting of the Governors’s Ethanol Coalition (GEC), Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty called on every state to take steps toward use of at least 10% ethanol in gasoline (an E10 blend) by 2010. Pawlenty chairs the GEC, which includes 31 states as well as Puerto Rico, Sweden, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.
In May Governor Pawlenty signed his initiative to double the state’s ethanol use by 2013 by instituting an E20 standard. Minnesota currently requires E10 blends. On 29 September, Minnesota becomes the first state in the nation to require that diesel fuel sold in the state contain 2% biodiesel (B2).
In outlining the “E10 by 2010” goal, Pawlenty said that greater use of renewable fuels is good energy policy, good economic development policy, good national security policy and good environmental policy.
Our ethanol experience has strengthened our rural economy, improved our air quality and reduced our reliance on foreign oil.
In addition to providing us with a domestic source of clean, renewable energy, our ethanol industry boosts the economy in greater Minnesota through stronger corn prices and hundreds of good-paying jobs.—Gov. Pawlenty
Minnesota has 14 ethanol plants, 12 of which are farmer-owned, with combined capacity of some 450 million gallons of ethanol.