The Minnesota Corn Growers Association wants the state to adopt an E-15 standard for unleaded gasoline, but it’s been a tricky goal to accomplish in the legislature this year. Senior Public Policy Director Amanda Bilek says strong partnerships with fuel retailers are considered a win. “We came together with the Petroleum Marketers Association of America on an infrastructure proposal. Although it’s not a statewide E-15 standard, it still gets us to the same outcome by working to create a new state fund that would assist retailers to replace some of the infrastructure making sure it’s ready to offer higher ethanol blends at those retail locations.” The Minnesota Senate Commerce Committee will have an informational hearing on the infrastructure proposal within the next few weeks. This is the second legislative session MCGA tried to get an E-15 mandate across the finish line. Why is this such a hard sell? Bilek thinks the strongly divided legislature is part of it, but misinformation among environmental groups and oil producers may also play a role.
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