Minnesota, Wisconsin Governments to Use More Renewable Fuels

March 15, 2006

The governors of Minnesota and Wisconsin have signed new executive orders requiring their state governments to use more renewable fuels in their vehicles. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle took a hard line, requiring all state agencies to reduce the use of gasoline in state-owned vehicles by 20 percent by 2010 and by 50 percent by 2015, while reducing the use of diesel fuel by 10 percent by 2010 and 25 percent by 2015. The order requires an awareness campaign for renewable fuels and directs appropriate state agencies to actively pursue the establishment of renewable fuel pumps at retail outlets. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty also required state agencies to help strengthen the state's renewable fuel infrastructure, and required all state employees to use E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) whenever practical when refueling the state's fleet of flexible fuel vehicles. See the Minnesota and Wisconsin executive orders.