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South Dakota will field test E15 fuel


Pierre, SD (KELO-AM)  In an effort to use more home-grown energy, South Dakota will begin testing E15 fuel in it's vehicle fleet at four fuel sites, including Sioux Falls.

The test period will be about six months. Flex fuel vehicles make up over 58 percent of the fleet.

“South Dakota is a large ethanol producer, and our state has significantly benefitted from the ethanol industry,” said Governor Daugaard. “The goal is to use more of our homegrown fuel by using E15, the newest fuel in the marketplace.”

 During the test period, the state will utilize E15 for flex fuel vehicles and some of its newer non-flex fuel models. Currently, the state fueling sites primarily provide E10 fuel for all of the state’s flex fuel vehicles and other gasoline vehicles.

 After the trial period, the state will evaluate how the use of the E15 blend affected the fleet and determine how to efficiently utilize homegrown ethanol in the future. The test fuel sites are located in Brookings, Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls.