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Nebraska State Agencies Directed by Governor to Use E-85 or Biodiesel

May 25, 2005

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman recently signed an executive order that directs all state agencies using fleet vehicles to require state employees to use E-85 ethanol and biodiesel fuel whenever available, and while operating a state flexible-fuel or diesel-powered vehicle.Nebraska became the first state to mandate the use of E-10 unleaded fuel in fleet vehicles since 1980. The fleet has more than 850 fuel-flexible vehicles in the state's fleet of cars, trucks, and minivans. There are more than 2,300 vehicles or pieces of equipment that burn diesel fuel.The last component of the executive order requires state agencies to take steps to increase access to E-85 and biodiesel for drivers of state flexible-fuel and diesel-powered vehicles. There are 15 commercial filling stations for E-85 and more than 200 pumps for biodiesel in Nebraska. The fueling stations sold more than 500,000 gallons of E-85 in 2004, and sales are expected to triple this year.

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