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September 4, 2001
Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services Director Announces 5,000 Grant to Promote Fuel Alternative to State's 130,000 Flexible Fuel Vehicle Owners
Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services Director Kathleen Wilbur announced today a $5,000 state grant will enable the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan to increase awareness of an environmentally-friendly fuel alternative, E-85, which can be produced from corn.
The grant will be used for promotional activities focusing on the state's 130,000 flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) owners, many of who are not aware their vehicles can use E-85. The educational campaign will include conducting on- site radio remotes, issuing press releases, and targeting FFV owners within a 60-mile radius of the eight E-85 refueling stations located in Michigan.
"This year-long project is aimed at educating Michigan drivers about E-85 as a fuel alternative that is available today and will become more so in the future after a production facility becomes operational in the state in 2002," said Wilbur. "This is an exciting time for this project to launch since consumers are very enthusiastic about exploring fuel alternatives due to concerns about the environment and our reliance on foreign oil. E-85 will help us work toward alleviating these concerns, while at the same time contributing to the state's farming economy and local communities."
E-85 is a renewable fuel made of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Ethanol is an alcohol made through the fermentation of plant sugars from agricultural crops and biomass resources.
The grant is administered through the CIS Energy Office's Michigan Biomass Energy Program, which encourages increased production and/or use of energy derived from biomass sources. Biomass is organic matter which is made available on a renewable basis through natural processes, or it can be produced as a byproduct of human activities. Ethanol can be produced both from natural processes (from crops such as corn) or from industrial byproducts (paper mill and food processing waste).
For further information, contact Jody Pollok of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, at 517-323-6600 or Jan Patrick of the CIS Energy Office at 517-241-6153. CIS' Energy Office web site is http://www.cis.state.mi.us/opla/erd/.
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