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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - A Purdue University economist has released two separate studies -- one on electricity costs for California electric vehicle owners, another on infrastructure requirements for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. The studies, both overseen by agricultural economist Wally Tyner, underscore issues that could hinder plans to expand use of these alternative fuels for vehicles.

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Minnesota Bolsters E-85 Use

ST. PAUL - Minnesota state government agencies have increased their retail purchases of E-85 nearly 10-fold in five years, according to the state's Department of Administration. In the first nine months of 2010, agencies have purchased nearly 725,000 gallons of E-85, compared to about 73,000 gallons over the same period in 2005.

South Dakota Tries E30 for Flex-Fuel Vehicles

SIOUX FALLS, SD - South Dakota fleet officials are experimenting with a lower ethanol blend in the state's flex-fuel vehicles in hopes of determining the most cost-effective blend available, the Associated Press reported.

Valero to Begin Adding More E85 Pumps

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Valero Energy Corp. announced that one of its company-owned Valero Corner Stores in San Antonio has begun selling E85, a blend of fuel consisting of up to 85 percent ethanol blended with unleaded gasoline.

EI Group Adds New Alt-Fuel Vehicles to Fleet

MORRISVILLE, NC - The EI Group, Inc. (EI), an environmental, health and safety consulting firm, announced it has revamped its corporate fleet with four new E-85 capable 2010 Chevrolet HHR panel vehicles.

E85 Dispensers Draw Safety Certification

WASHINGTON - Growth Energy announced that Underwriters Laboratory (UL) has issued certifications to both the Gilbarco Veeder-Root Encore E85 fueling dispenser and the Dresser Wayne Ovation Eco fueling E85 dispenser.

Mansfield Oil Acquires Western Ethanol

ATLANTA, GA - Mansfield Oil Co. said it has acquired nearly all of Western Ethanol's assets. Orange County, Calif.-based Western Ethanol is a leading ethanol wholesaler and a distributor of E85 for use in flex-fuel vehicles.

Illinois Station Begins Selling E85, E55 & E30

SULLIVAN, IL - The E-K Petro Mart in Sullivan, Ill., has begun offering flex-fuel vehicle drivers their choice of three types of ethanol-blended fuel: E85, E55 and E30, Herald-Review.com reported.