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Welcome to the Biofuels Family!

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In the last few weeks, at least seven new stations have been added to our retailer directory, including stations in Delano, Forest Lake, Minneapolis, Plymouth, Stacy, White Bear Lake, and Winona. All of these new additions offer E15, with two also offering higher ethanol blends like E30 and E85. It's a great time to check our station list again for your closest options.

The newest station opening is Winner Gas located at 3333 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis. This station joins four other Winner Gas stations in the metro area now offering FlexFuels!

When you're traveling in the metro and see a Winner station, their price sign will indicate whether they have ethanol blends. If you see the E85 logo, stop in to fuel up your flex fuel vehicle and check out the new dispensers!



In the Heart of the Oil Patch

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Watford City, North Dakota is a great little place. It’s been my good fortune to travel there many times over the last 30 years to visit family. Unlike most small places, Watford City has often been featured in the national news in recent years during the last oil boom when its population of 1,500 exploded to 7,000 (or more). In the county seat of McKenzie County, Watford Citians found their way of life thrust into the hurricane that was the “Bakken Oil Play”‒ Watford City is in the heart of the western North Dakota oil patch.

For years I've been stopping by the local Kum & Go station, located at Main Street and the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway. Their coffee has saved me many times while I’ve stayed with non-coffee-drinking relatives. But mostly I stop there because Kum & Go sells E85 fuel for flex fuel vehicles (FFVs).

When the company remodeled the station in the midst of all the craziness that is an oil boom town, I figured E85 would get lost in the hubbub and dropped …

The Other Price of Oil

You may have heard about the recent gasoline spill in Ely, Minnesota.  Workers at a local service station, investigating what they first thought was a small spill, were shocked to discover that nearly 5,000 gallons of gasoline had escaped into the ground. Some of the fuel has made its way into the city’s storm sewer system and a nearby lake.  While crews try to assess the situation and prevent further damage, spills such as this can have lasting (and expensive) consequences.

One example can be found in our neighboring state of North Dakota, which is a major petroleum producing state. A leak of a crude oil pipeline in the northwestern part of the state has resulted in a cleanup that has lasted five years and has cost the oil company an estimated $93 million.

Closer to home, the City of Blaine has been forced to shut down several of its wells because of gasoline contamination in the groundwater. The original source of the gasoline is unknown, but it likely goes back to days when inspect…

Cylinder Index Machismo

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We moved into that new-to-us house in a southern Twin Cities suburb back in 1999. It was early spring, in between slush and mud, and the time when suburbanites emerge from their ivory and taupe four-bedroom igloos. On that sunny day, a neighborhood envoy of two gentlemen caught me washing my Taurus in the driveway. By professions they were a carpenter and a deputy sheriff, so good people to know, I figured. We chatted over all the usual Minnesotan middle-class male bonding topics: fishing, ice fishing, hunting and something called Garage Logic. Garage Logic or "GL" is the radio show creation of Twin Cities personality Joe Soucheray. I wasn't a GL devotee, but was familiar with Soucheray, his sidekick Rookie, and their macho shtick of mocking modern life. GL fans claim no problem is ever so great that it cannot be solved in the garage.

Having gained enough intel on the new guy in the neighborhood, ‘Carpenter and Deputy’ stated it was time to let me get back to washing the …

A Time For Good Times And Somber Remembrances

Today is a national holiday set aside to honor those who have died while serving in the military. It has also come to represent a long weekend for picnics, big sales, and the start of the summer season. In Indianapolis, though, it is the weekend that celebrates the “greatest spectacle in racing,” an event that first began in 1911.

Robert Moffitt, Clean Air Choice Team communications director, grew up in Indianapolis, where the Indianapolis 500 dominated local news coverage for the entire month of May. “Stories about the race lead the newscasts and make headlines just about every day,” he said. “But one story about the Indy 500 remains relatively unknown – the fact that the world’s fastest and most advanced race cars run on E85.”

Indy cars began using various blends of ethanol or methanol in 2006, eventually settling on an E85 ethanol blend, the same fuel sold in more than 370 stations in Minnesota. Because ethanol gets better fuel mileage than methanol, Indy fuel tanks were reduced fr…

Finding E85 Along Your Memorial Day Travel Route

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It’s just a few days away from Memorial Day! While the intent of the holiday is to honor those who died during service in the U.S. military, Memorial Day weekend is also widely considered to be the weekend that officially kicks off summer. Some simply look forward to an extra day off work or school, yet many others plan to travel over the coming days. Whether it’s camping and fishing, visits to the cabin, or simply a road trip to be with family, this traditionally busy travel weekend could mean lots of miles on your vehicle.

As an avid reader of MNFuels.com blog, you already know that flex fuel vehicle (FFV) drivers can reduce their tailpipe emissions by choosing E85 over traditional gasoline, but did you know that FFV drivers will generally also spend less for every gallon pumped by using E85 or other ethanol blends instead of regular gasoline? So before you hit the road this weekend, wouldn't you like to know where you can find E85? While the main focus at MNFuels.com has been s…

Life Cycle Assessments and E85 Part II

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Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Read Part I for an introduction to using life cycle analyses.

Part II: Ethanol's Greenhouse Gas Benefits
The GREET model, or Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation model, was developed and originally released in 1996 by the Argonne National Laboratory. The GREET model is annually updated and refined to account for the latest technologies in transportation and fuel options. GREET is a type of life cycle assessment developed specifically for evaluating fuel and transportation impacts on the environment. According to GREET's authors at Argonne, this analytical tool can account for more than 85 different vehicle and fuel combinations, and can be used by fleet managers and researchers, as well as by auto and energy industries. It allows users to compare traditional forms of transportation and fuel to renewable forms and make the best decision based on calculated energy costs, emissions, and overall impac…