Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, American ethanol has reached a new milestone—meanwhile, one Florida city has taken the plunge and switched completely over to home-grown renewable fuel. These stories and more ahead in your weekly news roundup!

Florida city fuels municipal fleet with E85

Protec Fuel Management LLC recently announced the completion of a project to enable the city of Hollywood, Florida, to run all flex-fuel capable vehicles on the cleaner-burning biofuel E85.

Importantly, the switch to the ethanol product contributes strongly to the city’s cost management efforts, while delivering significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and supporting American jobs.

As a coastal community, storm preparation is also key. By diversifying fuel delivery and incorporating rail-transported ethanol, the city is positioning itself as storm-ready. “Ensuring our fleet, including police will be fueled and operational in times of a weather-related emergency is a public safety measure of paramount importance,” said Mayor Josh Levy.

Read more about the project at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

American consumers surpass 1 billion miles on E15

American consumers have helped E15, a fuel containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline, reach a significant milestone.

According to Growth Energy’s ongoing analysis of fuel sales and consumption data reported by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the United States have logged more than 1 billion miles on E15 – attesting to the fuel’s performance, safety, and value. The availability of E15 could save consumers up to $72 million by the end of 2017, based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data.

The EPA approves E15 for use in any vehicle manufactured since 2001, which equates to 9 out of 10 cars on the road today. For more information on this milestone, visit Growth Energy.

Reynolds sworn in as Iowa governor, highlights renewable fuels

Kim Reynolds became Governor of Iowa on Wednesday, taking over for Terry Branstad who’s leaving to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. Reynolds, who served as Lt. Governor under Branstad, in her inaugural address listed innovating the state’s energy policy among her top priorities.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw says his group is anxious to work with Governor Reynolds on getting higher ethanol blends out to consumers and expressed optimism about her support for the industry.

Learn more about what industry and state leaders are saying about Reynolds at WNAX and The Daily Nonpareil.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.