N.D. survey shows support for ethanol fuels

By Erin Voegele | March 05, 2015

The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy has published results of a statewide public opinion survey on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Ethanol was one of the renewable energy types addressed in the survey, which was commissioned by NDARE and conducted by the University of North Dakota Bureau of Government Affairs, with financial support from the North Dakota Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

According to the report, nearly half, 48 percent, of respondents hold a favorable opinion of ethanol blended gasoline, with an additional 26 percent indicating they are neutral on the subject of ethanol. Only 10 percent said they were somewhat against ethanol, with 12 percent reporting they are strongly against the fuel blend. An additional 4 percent did not respond.

The survey also provides in-depth data on respondent opinions over gas stations offering E10 blends of ethanol and the purchase of higher ethanol blends, broken down by gender, age, region, community type, income, political party and education.

Overall, nearly 30 percent of respondents strongly favor gas stations supplying E10, with an additional 18 percent noting they somewhat favor stations offering E10. Only 10 percent were somewhat against stations offering E10, with an additional 12 percent strongly against it.

The report notes that 33 percent of respondents said they own a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV), and 51 percent of those FFV owners almost always or sometimes purchase higher ethanol blends.

The survey also addressed whether respondents think state Resource Trust Funds should be used to support certain renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. According to the survey, 33 percent of respondents strongly support the use of those funds to support alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure, with an additional 33 percent saying they somewhat support it.