Ohio Offers Incentives Worth $1 Million, Requires Fleets to Use Biofuels
Ohio Governor Bob Taft signed House Bill (HB) 245 on July 6 establishing incentives for retail fuel providers to install pumps that disperse ethanol E85 and biodiesel. The governor signed the bill at a public ceremony in Columbus where he was joined by officials from General Motors (GM) and Kroger. At the ceremony, GM and Kroger announced they will work together to install E85 pumps across the state. Taft said, "In February, I announced a goal of tripling the number of E85 pumps in Ohio from six to 18 by the end of the year. Thanks to partnerships like this one with GM and Kroger we are closer to achieving that goal." For details about the ceremony, see the governor's July 6 press release .
The bill was championed by the Ohio Corn Growers Association and passed the Ohio House of Representatives in May by a vote of 95 − 0. HB-245 provides funding of $1 million to help station owners install equipment needed to handle E85 and biodiesel. It also requires the state to purchase flexible-fuel vehicles that can run on any combination of regular gasoline and ethanol; Ohio's state vehicle fleet already has 1,710 flex-fuel vehicles on the road. In addition, Ohio will double use of E85 to 60,000 gallons per year by January 1, and increase consumption by 5,000 gallons per year after that. And Ohio commits to use one million gallons of biodiesel by 2007. Read HB-245.
The following week, Taft attended the ground breaking ceremony for a new ethanol plant in Coshocton. The plant will have the capacity to produce 60 million gallons of ethanol per year. For more information, read the governor's July 11 press release.