ND ethanol-blended fuel sales nearly double in 2011

By N.D. Ethanol Council | March 01, 2012

The sale of ethanol-blended fuel in North Dakota nearly doubled from 2010 to 2011.  According to the North Dakota Tax Department, more than 1.3 million gallons were sold in 2011.  This is a 97 percent increase over the 663,727 gallons sold in 2010.   

“The N.D. Blender Pump Program has significantly increased the availability of ethanol blends, and consumers are proving that when the product is available they will choose ethanol blends.  Consumers are realizing that flex-fuel ethanol blends, such as E85 and E30 are safe and economical for use in their flex-fuel vehicle,” says Jeff Zueger, chairman of the North Dakota Ethanol Council

The program has been successful in establishing North Dakota as national leader in blender pump infrastructure.  Currently, there are 221 blender pumps applied for or installed in 44 communities statewide.

In addition, the number of flex-fuel vehicles licensed in North Dakota has increased by 50 percent since 2009 with more than 64,000 currently on the road.  Flex-fuel vehicles operate most efficiently with ethanol blends, which include E20, E30 and E85.

The North Dakota Ethanol Council was established in 2009 by the North Dakota State Legislature to promote the state’s ethanol industry.  Members are Blue Flint Ethanol, Hankinson Renewable Energy, Red Trail Energy and Tharaldson Ethanol.