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Published February 02, 2011, 07:24 AM

E85 Sales More Than Double in North Dakota

Sales of E85 fuel in North Dakota last year more than doubled. State officials credit a grant program for retailers who install so-called blender pumps.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sales of E85 fuel in North Dakota last year more than doubled. State officials credit a grant program for retailers who install so-called blender pumps.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says that between January and November last year, about 582,000 gallons of the fuel mix that is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline were sold. That was up from about 250,000 gallons in the same period the previous year.

Dalrymple says nearly 120 blender pumps have been installed in 27 communities through the program set up by the Legislature two years ago. The communities range from Fargo, the state's largest city, to Fairmount, a town of just a few hundred people.

The state program provides retailers with a $5,000 grant, in addition to tax incentives, for each blender pump installed.

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