Bioenergy

Wisconsin Ethanol Use Increased 20% Last Year

Ethanol use throughout Wisconsin increased 20 percent in the last year, according to a report released by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), said Governor Jim Doyle, showing that state government is leading the way in adopting ethanol-based fuels.

State ethanol use in 2005 set a new record of nearly 123 million gallons, and sales of conventional gasoline containing a 10 percent blend of ethanol jumped by more than 78 percent in 2005. This year, 96 percent of the nearly 1.5 million gallons of motor fuel that the state government has contracted to buy will contain ethanol. “Wisconsin is demonstrating to the nation that we can diversify our fuel supply by relying more on the Midwest and less on the Mid East,” Doyle said. “With gasoline prices topping $3 per gallon, we must loosen the stronghold Big Oil has on businesses and families, and we can do that while creating jobs and strengthening our economy with ethanol produced right here in Wisconsin.” Governor Doyle said, “Unlike foreign oil, for every dollar we spend on ethanol, seventy cents stays right here in Wisconsin — which is great news for our economy, and the hardworking farmers all across this state.” Sales of E-85, in particular, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent conventional gasoline, grew almost 600 percent compared to last year as more gasoline stations begin to carry an E-85 blend. Governor Doyle’s efforts to increase Wisconsin’s sales of E-85 are continued in his Promote Our Wisconsin Energy Resources (POWER) initiative. This initiative will expand the number of stations selling E-85 in Wisconsin and will partner with local governments to increase their use of E-85 in their vehicle fleets and continue the growth of E-85 sales in Wisconsin.